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La Salle Council takes up downtown parking issues

Posted by wlpo on July 16, 2014

You’ll find some empty storefronts in downtown La Salle, yet many customers complain that they can’t find a good parking spot.

La Salle Alderman Tom Ptak lives in downtown La Salle where he and his wife own Studio 718. He says the parking problem is caused by business employees parking along First Street in spots that should be open for customers.

The topic came up during Tuesday night’s council meeting after Alderman John Lavieri mentioned people complaining about parking in the 700 block of First Street. He says he doesn’t know how to fix the problem.

But Ptak thinks it would be solved if the police starting writing tickets. He says rude employers allow their employees to park on First Street when there is plenty of spaces on Second Street and a free parking lot south of First Street that’s empty.

Police Chief Rob Uranich says he doesn’t have staff with time to keep track of cars parking along first street. Uranich and Ptak were going to meet to see if they could come up with a solution.

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