Monticello council members aren’t sold on the idea of city staff exploring plans to further regulate semi-trailer trucks that use the Highway 25 commuter lot.
City Administrator Jeff O’Neill and Streets Superintendent Tom Moores presented the item to council.
In a background memo to city council members, O’Neill and Moores stated trucks are allowed to park in the commuter lot for a period of 72 hours.
While recent observations of the use of the facility reveal that compliance with the 72 hour standard does not appear to be an issue, O’Neill and Moores stated truck use is growing and there are no limits in place except for the size of the lot.
The designated truck parking area has space available for up to 20 trucks. According to O’Neill and Moores, anywhere from 3 to 12 trucks are parked on a continual basis. Heaviest use is on the weekend, they reported.
The number of trucks using the site may be exceeding the original intent. “There are no controls in place limiting further increases,” O’Neill and Moores wrote.
“Trucks may originate from any place in the region, not just from Monticello, and the place of origin or truck origination is not monitored. Presence of the trucks obscures the view of area businesses and semi- truck parking might be better situated at a location other than the entrance to the city.”
O’Neill and Moores stated truck parking blocks the view of any new development that would occur on the Krutzig property.
“[We} recognize the need to accommodate parking for truck drivers that reside in Monticello, [but] Council is asked to review and discuss whether or not there is a concern sufficient to warrant follow-up by staff,” O’Neill and Moores stated.
Future options could include limiting the number of trucks at the present site to a number smaller than 20, requiring a permitting process allowing Monticello-based drivers to use the site or shifting parking to another location.
O’Neill and Moores also stated truck parking could be shifted on the present site to the opposite corner. Councilmember Brian Stumpf didn’t like the city staff recommendation.
“I don’t know, but it must have been a slow week at city hall for staff to come up with this,” Stumpf said, adding the highest number trucks were parked around the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Stumpf also suggested that the commuter parking lot have striping painted to help drivers align their rigs when parking.
Mayor Clint Herbst said the council shouldn’t take action on the staff recommendation.
“This is the first thing you see when you come into the city, but let’s take a look and see what it looks like,” Stumpf concurred, offering a motion to leave the commuter parking lot alone.
Councilmember Tom Perrault seconded.
Herbst told Moores to keep an eye on the lot for potentate truck parking problem.
“Pay attention to it,” he said. Stumpf’s motion was unanimously approved.
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