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OUR VIEW: Ottawa forum addresses downtown concerns

A vehicle illegally parked on Main Street in Ottawa with its rear wheels on the parking space line.
A vehicle illegally parked on Main Street in Ottawa with its rear wheels on the parking space line.

THE ISSUE: Downtown Ottawa forum Thursday
OUR VIEW: All with concerns should attend

Few things are as critical to the success of a business in a downtown area than parking.
Recently in Ottawa the rules on street parking have changed and enforcement seems more of a priority.
Not everyone is happy with the way that’s going, including both merchants and shoppers.
To help clear the air, Mayor Bob Eschbach has scheduled an informal public forum on downtown Ottawa issues to be held Thursday evening.
“One of the things we will surely cover is the parking issues,” he said.
City officials will be present to explain city policies and hear recommendations for change, according to a notice from city hall.
“We’ll cover the rules, regulations and validation program so we’re sure that merchants understand what the options are and the reasons are,” Eschbach said.
The forum will not be limited to parking, he said.
“We’re going to let the merchants and property owners talk about whatever they want to talk about,” Eschbach said. “It’s not going to be a real structured event.”
The forum is set to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at City Hall, 301 W. Madison St.
According to the city hall notice, Ottawa residents also may attend.

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