Board looks at parking issues

Pritchard elected president at meeting

DIXON – Parking issues at Al Morrison baseball and the Farmers Market could lead to a change in policy, park board members said Wednesday.

Ron Pritchard, who was elected park board president at the meeting, said parking at Al Morrison baseball is an ongoing safety issue that needs to be resolved.

Also at the meeting, Shane Miller was chosen as vice president and new member Brett Schmall was sworn in.

Because of the lack of parking, many people are parking in the boat docking area, which is not allowed. Police will be told to start issuing fines, Executive Director Deb Carey said.

Without ample parking, the idea of opening up the basketball courts at Page Park near the baseball fields to alleviate the congestion was nixed. The board will address the issue further at a retreat next month.

Pritchard also spoke out against farmers market vendors parking in the grass at Haymarket Square. People can’t park on the grass in any other park except there, he said.

Carey said she gave the vendors permission years ago, so vendors’ trailers will not stick out in the road when they park.

The item will be on next month’s agenda.

The board also will explore applying for a federal grant that would cover 80 percent of a transportation enhancement project. A committee will meet to discuss possible projects.

The deadline to apply is Aug. 20.

The board also gave Carey the authority to buy bike racks at her discretion through the city’s new program, which provides the labor to put up the racks for those who buy the materials. Four bike racks will be put up in Page Park using a Lincoln Highway grant, she said.

The board voted to limit discretionary spending in its budget to $20,000 for Carey, and changed meeting dates to the fourth Wednesday in the month, starting June 26.

Also, with an estimated $741,000 in its accounts, the board finalized a budget with planned spending leaving it about $90,000 in the red.