At the February board meeting a couple of merchants had suggested a time limit on parking in the down area as some vehicles were staying parked in front of stores for extremely long periods of times.
Bingham said the downtown area currently has 400 parking spaces with 25 of those being handicap spots.
His officers counted used spots on several different days in both the morning and afternoon.
“Only about half are not utilized,” he said, adding that it appeared that downtown patrons preferred to be in a certain area usually on Sharpe Avenue from about the former Hallmark store to Miss. Highway 8.
Bingham said the parking areas near city hall and depot were usually empty and “the parking area on Commerce Avenue has 78 spaces and only 12 at most occupied.”
The aldermen said they were concerned that putting a limit on parking downtown might deter visitors from shopping and visiting all the stores.
“I had a couple of merchants ask us not to do time limits,” said Alderman Danny Abraham, who explained that it would take more than two hours to visit all the stores downtown.
Bingham was asked to poll the wishes of the merchants and return to the board at the next meeting with the results.
The next board of aldermen meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. April 2 at city hall.