OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - Some Owensboro businesses are upset that the Saint Ann Street parking lot will soon be closed to the public.
The Daviess County Fiscal Court voted three to one to install a $13,000 gate in front of the lot. Daviess County Commissioner George Wathen voted against the gate.
The Fiscal Court owns the lot and only employees can park during business hours. Judge Executive Al Mattingly tells 14NEWS there are safety concerns with drivers cutting through the lot to access Allen Street. He says delivery trucks would also block spaces, and drivers would leave vehicles in reserved spots.
Several people who spoke at Thursday's fiscal court meeting say other methods, like speed bumps and more restricted parking signs, would be a better use of taxpayer money.
A group of businesses called "We Are Downtown" says public parking should be allowed in the lot on evenings and weekends.
"Parking downtown has always been an issue for us, our customers, our visitors, downtown and to have another parking lot taken away from us on nights and weekends is a concern for us and we felt as a group we needed to state we do have concerns" said Debi Ford, We Are Downtown membership chair.
Once the gates are up, crews will repair and restripe the spaces. There is discussion about allowing free parking on the weekends and after business hours.