In a 22-minute meeting Tuesday, the Logan Municipal Council discussed changes to parking near the LDS temple and approved appropriation of more than $400,000 in grant monies. The discussion regarding parking along 300 North and 200 East streets where on-street parking is angled took the majority of the meeting. Public works director Mark Nielsen informed the council of an option to change the street to parallel parking only, reducing the number of stalls from 114 to 57, and recommended to the council that they wait until spring to make and enforce the change if they approve it. Nielsen suggested the waiting to time to allow for a public hearing on the matter as well as to give the city time to notify property owners and occupants that will be affected. Additionally, this street has been exempted from the city’s ordinance banning on-street parking between the hours of 1 and 6 a.m. due to a lack of parking available. Nielsen was unable to determine whether the exemption was an approved ordinance or an unofficial property but was able to determine that it dates to before the 1970s. Nielsen said that the vehicles parking on-street has made snow removal difficult and waiting to enact a change from angled to parallel parking will give property owners time to decide whether to make changes to make room for parking on their property, in backyards or driveways. The council agreed to wait until after this winter to enact any change that is approved by the council. “Waiting will give [tenants] a season to anticipate it,” said Councilman Herm Olsen. The item will be on the agenda for approval by vote at the council’s first meeting in January, and there will be a public hearing at that time for anyone who wishes to express their input on the matter. “There are safety issues with that angled parking,” said councilman Jay Monson. “I think it’s very much needed.” The council voted to approve the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the year, as well as to approve budget adjustments that use grant money to fund after school programs, historic preservation efforts and energy efficiency, as well as to appropriate existing funds totaling $259,400 toward a health care management program. Other budget adjustments were placed on the agenda for a vote at the next meeting, which will be held Dec. 15.
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