Parking reserved for welcome centre visitors only doesnt sit well with Truro businessman
Ray Merriam would like to see Commercial Streets parking restrictions changed to allow people to stop outside the Truro Welcome Centre for 15 or 20 minutes. He said there are a few other changes that could make the town a little easier to get around. Jason Malloy Truro Daily News
TRURO - The time has come to change parking restrictions on a busy downtown street, says a Truro businessman.
Ray Merriam said he witnessed two people receive $15 fines while parked along Commercial Street on Tuesday.
Six signs are clearly posted reserving the parking spots, on the Victoria Square side of the street, for those using the Truro Welcome Centre.
"I think those signs should be changed to maybe 20-minute parking," Merriam told the Truro Daily News. "Then both (local people and visitors) could use it."
On Wednesday morning there were vehicles from Colorado and Connecticut as well as four with Nova Scotia plates and a straight-body truck from a Halifax-based company moving seats into the Bank of Montreal
"That's commerce, that's economic spin-off," Merriam said of the business truck.
He said it is in a safer location for the truck to be parked than across the street where vehicles park on an angle onto the street.
Coun. Charles Cox, who chairs the town's tourism committee, said the parking is prohibited to ensure tourists can park close to the information bureau.
"We want to encourage tourism," he said.
Large RVs also require more parking space, making the additional parking area a
Cox said employees at the welcome centre have posted information on vehicles to let them know they are breaking the law. During the summer town police were also asked to keep an eye on the situation.
The welcome centre is open from May to November and after the centre closes for the year parking tickets are not issued.
Merriam commended the town for realigning some streets and removing downtown parking metres during the past few years as well as the town's new signage strategy.
But he would like to see some changes to make the town easier to get around. One example is reducing the number of stops on Arthur Street.
"It's referred to as stop sign city," Merriam said.
And he would like to see more lights, equipped with a sensor to switch the lights if there is no traffic coming in the direction that has the green light, installed in town.
He also pointed to traffic jams from motorists trying to get into Truro from Bible Hill and surrounding communities.
"The time to deal with a problem is before it becomes one," Merriam said. "If we make it easier ... we create less frustration."