By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
It seems that over the last 12 months or so, at least four new businesses have opened up along East Main Street, making the demand for parking on Main Street much higher than it was two or three years ago.
With more businesses downtown comes more customers, and with limited parking on Main Street, where are customers to go?
It’s an issue that was brought Tuesday night to the West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen by Aric Vandenbranden, owner of Digital Impact located on East Main Street. Vandenbranden proposed that the board authorize a rule to allow for two-hour parking on Main Street and post two-hour parking signs, such as those in place on Commerce Street. He said enforcing two-hour parking will greatly help those customers who sometimes have to park several blocks away and walk to a Main Street business of their preference.
“It looks like you’ve added about three more parking spots, but we’re still having problems with people who work there, they park there in use up all the parking most of the day, and I’ve been guilty of it too sometimes,” Vandenbranden said.
West Point Mayor Scott Ross said there is ample employee parking behinds the businesses on the north and south sides of Main Street and said the same system was put in place for Commerce Street customers, and it seems to work for business owners there.
Ward 4 Selectman Keith McBrayer made a motion to allow two hour parking along Main Street from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., but Ward 2 Selectman Homer Cannon requested that the board allow the West Point Safety Committee to give the board a suggestion on what section of Main Street the two-hour rule should apply to.
“We don’t want to create a problem, we want to solve a problem,” Scott said.
The board tabled the matter until it’s September regular meeting.