More than 50 people gather to talk about the Columbus High School parking situation

A mixture of people take in the meeting on the parking situation

COLUMBUS, Ga.- Columbus City Manager Isaiah Hugely and City Engineering Director Donna Newman addressed residents, parents, school board members and Columbus High School students about the parking situation at the school.

Those in attendance were given an update on the situation. They also heard about issues such as: trash in yards near spots and sight problems caused by parking.

Members of city government provided some potential ideas to help the situation. These ideas include: leaving things as they are but adding more signage and striping on curbs, limiting parking around and in Lakebottom Park to 4 hours, establishing residential permit parking in designated areas, adding more parking to Cherokee Avenue North of 17th St, Troop Street, adding a small lot in Wildwood Park along 17th Street, prohibiting student parking inside park and 18th North of 17th Street.

A mixture of people take in the meeting on the parking situation
A mixture of people take in the meeting on the parking situation

David Smith, a Columbus High School senior addressed the meeting to voice his opinion on the matter, he said, “I think they think that kids are just gonna roll over and let this happen. If these were older people, if this was some rec center for middle-aged or elderly people this would not be in consideration. This is about discrimination against the kids who do go to Columbus High School.”

Hugely said the city will listen to the ideas and input from residents and talk with school district officials on the matter and will update City Council on Sept. 22.

Hugely added they hope to have a resolution to the issue by November and it would go into effect January 2016.

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