Parking proposal would affect section of Water Street

Published 7:55 pm Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Washington’s City Council, during its meeting Monday, is scheduled to discuss a proposal to prohibit parking on the north side of a section of Water Street.

The recommendation calls for the parking prohibition to run from South Market Street eastward along Water Street for 85 feet. “This will eliminate (three) parking spaces and improve the line of sight for vehicles turning out from Market Street,” reads a memorandum from Adam Waters, the city’s interim public-works director, to the mayor and council members.

The possible parking prohibition stems from safety concerns along the 100-block section of Water Street from Market Street eastward to Bonner Street. The existing allowance of parking on the 100 block often results in a traffic “bottleneck,” according to council members and other city officials. The city conducted a public hearing on the issue at the council’s April 9 meeting. Before that hearing, several options to address the problem were presented. One proposal restricted parking on the 100 block of Water Street and limit parking in the parking lot (as in other city-owned parking lots) to business-related parking after 9 p.m. in an effort to prevent loitering there.

The council would have to amend chapter 18, section 123 of the city code to implement the proposed parking restriction.

In other business, the council is scheduled to consider approving $8,100 as the city’s portion of a “match” for a $50,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund to help facilitate InterMarket Technology’s relocation from Wayne, New Jersey, to Beaufort County. InterMarket Technology makes point-of purchase displays and recycling bins for Fortune 500 companies. It plans to invest nearly $2.7 million and create 57 jobs over three years. Those new jobs, according to a news release from Beaufort County Economic Development, will bring a yearly payroll influence of $1.7 million to the local economy.

Beaufort County is providing $8,567 as its grant match. InterMarket Technology, founded in 1995, will set up operations at the Washington-Beaufort County Industrial Park.

The council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building, 102 E. Second St. To view the council’s agenda for a specific meeting, visit the city’s web­site at, click “Government” then “City Council” heading, then click “Meeting Agendas” on the menu to the right. Then click on the date for the appropriate agenda.