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Downtown New Bern's parking restrictions to remain in place

(Nate Belt, NewsChannel 12 photo)

If you're not a fan of New Bern's new two-hour parking limit for the downtown area, there's some bad news.

For now, the limit will continue to be enforced. During Tuesday's aldermen meeting, people voiced their opinions about the new parking rules. Despite the many public comments, no major changes were made.

Officials said beginning July 9, when the new rules went into effect, there have been 15 two-hour parking violations and 82 parking violation warnings. Members of the parking committee said they're working hard to find a solution that'll appeal the vast majority.

"I think the city manager told me one time, you know you're doing something right when you got everybody a little bit angry," said Danny Batten, chairman of the Downtown Business Council. "I think what we are trying to do is please everybody a little bit the best we can and really try to come up with a parking solution that solves problems we have as a whole."

The committee has several recommendations to possibly improve the current system but did not share those with the aldermen on Tuesday. Officials said any major changes regarding the parking situation most likely wouldn't be made until the 90-day trial for the current system is up.

Two changes that were made in Tuesday's meeting were eliminating handicapped parking spots as part of the two-hour parking enforcement. Also, parking on Front Street between Hancock and Metcalf streets will no longer fall under the enforcement.

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