Houston council directed staff to look into making designated truck parking behind the Chamber of Commerce to keep trucks from parking along Highway 16.
CAO Linda Poznikoff says it is a safety issue, because trucks park on Highway 16 in front of the Chamber of Commerce or the “Houston” flowerbed, and then vehicles coming out of the Chamber cannot see oncoming traffic.
Poznikoff says there are “no parking” signs all along there, but trucks still park there and are getting ticketed for it.
“The best solution we could come up with is parking behind the Chamber,” said Poznikoff.
Discussing possible solutions, council agreed that designated truck parking is needed.
“I think its a good idea especially with increased truck traffic, that we try and target them little bit,” said Deputy Mayor Shane Brienen.
Discussing options, Poznikoff noted that tour buses often park in Steelhead Park and the farmers’ market fills that parking lot every Friday in the summers.
Ryan Coltura, Director of Leisure Services, noted concern about disrupting the flow of people between the park and Chamber of Commerce.
Council agreed to direct staff to lay out a plan for directing trucks and designating parking behind the Chamber using signs and painted lines.
Councillor Kyle Thomson suggested council also designate a spot for tour buses in the lot in front of the CN tracks.
“That would keep tour buses out of the way,” said Thomson.