City Council address parade parking situation

BUCKHANNON  — Buckhannon City Council met to discuss city matters on Thursday evening. One major topic of discussion centered around complaints about vehicles being parked along Buckhannon’s parade routes.

During his opening comments on the matter, Buckhannon Mayor Robbie Skinner said, “In light of someone driving their vehicle through a parade in Wisconsin earlier this year, I fell as if it might be pertinent for us to add some teeth into the existing ordinance structure.”

Buckhannon’s existing ordinance structure already prohibits parking along the designated parade routes, but the council’s proposed change is to increase the penalty. City Attorney Tom O’Neill expressed, “I think that the parking ordinance should be amended to prohibit any parking on any street in city limits that falls along a parade route. No parking at all would be allowed up to an hour before the start of the parade. Failure to comply with this ordinance could result in the vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense. Possible fines are being discussed.”

With the ever-growing concern of ensuring public safety, especially concerning large community gatherings or events that could possibly be viewed as targets for acts of senseless violence, the council is wise to get out ahead of this before any potential issue arise. With Buckhannon only hosting a handful of parades, namely the parades during Strawberry Festival Week, the Homecoming parade, the Veteran’s Day parade and the Christmas parade, this should only be a minor inconvenience for the handful of residents whose parking situations are directly impacted by the designated parade routes.


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