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3-Hour Parking Will Be Enforced More Rigorously Downtown in Knoxville

The Knoxville City Council agreed to deploy resources to enforce the three-hour parking stature in downtown Knoxville more rigorously during their special session last night. This comes after the City and County met to discuss County employees parking around the square. During a meeting last month with County and City representatives, the county proposed giving their employees parking passes and letting them use them on the inner ring of the square. A study by the County Engineer showed that county employees would need 48 of the 141 spots available downtown. City Manager Harold Stewart says a survey of downtown business owners showed a majority not in favor of the parking pass approach. City Councilors added that they thought that would be showing county employees an advantage that other employees on the square do not get. Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik told the council that there is money in the budget for a part-time employee to do code enforcement; the Council will hear a proposal at their next meeting.