The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

August 27, 2013

Knoxville talks downtown parking

Committee will meet Wednesday morning



Raymie, who also owns a downtown business, expressed his disappointment in the lack of ideas coming from the City. 

"We have offered some alternatives," Mayor Don Zoutte said. 

County Attorney Ed Bull, as well as Raymie, raised the question of how full downtown Knoxville would be without cars tied to courthouse business. Bull is curious about revenue to downtown businesses from outside courthouse employees. 

"If those 60 employees don't park down there, downtown is going to look like a nuclear wasteland," Bull said. 

"We have got to work together on this," Knoxville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Larissa Van Donselaar said.

Van Donselaar has heard complaints from downtown businesses about county employees or vehicles parking in front of businesses all day. She said the chamber and businesses recognize how important having the courthouse in downtown Knoxville is and how much those who work there support the area. 

"The city is willing to do whatever we need to do," Stewart said. He is going to ask his staff to park their personal vehicles on side streets, to keep spots available in the public lot, across from the Knoxville Public Library, for downtown employees. 

"We want this to be as painless for everybody as we can," Zoutte said. 

A committee is scheduled to meet in the Board of Supervisors' meeting room at the courthouse on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 9 a.m. Members include Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik, Formanek, Losada, County Maintenance Director Cal Stephens, Raymie, County Engineer Roger Schletzbaum and Van Donselaar. 

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