South Charlotte

Town Briefs

Matthews commissioners have placed a 60-day ban on the two-hour parking limits for 65 public parking places along North Trade Street and East Charles Street.

The moratorium came because of complaints from several business owners who said the parking ordinance was hurting their business.

Dave Bland, of Weaver, Bennett & Bland attorneys, and Jerry Stone of The Portrait Gallery said their clients need more than two hours to complete their business.

Bland said enforcement of the two-hour limit also made it difficult for his employees because there were no parking places nearby where they could park for the entire workday.

Town Manager Hazen Blodgett said the two-hour ordinance has been in place for years but has only been regularly enforced for 30 days. He said that enforcement was a result of complaints by other nearby merchants who said commuters using CATS buses parked all day, in prime spots needed by customers. As more and more people chose to ride CATS, the problem got worse.

Monday night, commissioners voted for the moratorium and instructed Blodgett to meet with all interested parties, including Bland, Stone, and the Matthews Downtown Merchants Group, to work on a solution. He will report back to the board on Sept. 22.