Parking limit enforced on county block

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Starting today, parking enforcement is beginning on a city block in Logan that is owned by Cache County.The Cache County Council has authorized the same parking authority for the city to enforce the two-hour parking limit on four rows of the county-owned area near the Historic Courthouse.The city used to enforce parking in the block before deeding it to the county in October 2007. The county installed two-hour parking signs, but has not been enforcing the restrictions.County executive Lynn Lemon says the move is to free up space for the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau and nearby businesses.”We’re trying to work with the merchants and create a parking environment on the county block where people can come and park close to the businesses and close to the county buildings,” Lemon said.The parking zone will be enforced 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Monday.”We’ve had problems with employees at the county and also employees of local businesses parking there all day, so there was nowhere for any of the visitors to park,” said Julie Hollist, director of the Cache County Visitors Bureau. “It’s really important to us that we provide easy access for our visitors because we want them to have a good experience.”Violations will start with a $15 ticket, which will increase to $30 if not paid within 10 days. Vehicles that are not moved within 72 hours will be towed.Lemon said the county is not expecting to profit from the enforcement. He said the change is more to open up parking spots for area businesses, which were grateful to hear it was coming.”Currently, the problem really is that employees choose to park maybe closer than they should, and though the sign might read two-hour parking, they go ahead and camp out through the day,” said Gene Needham IV, owner of S.E. Needham Jewelers.

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