When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners decided to make no changes regarding downtown parking.

When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners decided to make no changes regarding downtown parking.

Mayor Jermaine Wilson said there was a consensus among commissioners that there is no parking issue at the moment.

But Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Griswold said this does not preclude commissioners from obtaining more feedback and discussing the issue again in the future.

Commissioners previously discussed downtown parking during a March 19 meeting. At that time, commissioners heard from several downtown business owners and property owners who expressed concern about what they view as parking problems.

At one time, the city employed a person who enforced restrictions on how long people could park in some parts of the downtown area. Signs with listed parking time limits have been left in place. But the ordinance that was used to enforce these restrictions is no longer on the books.

City Manager Paul Kramer said there seemed to be an emphasis during the March 19 meeting on parking in the 400 and 500 blocks of Delaware Street.

After the March 19 meeting, city officials conducted a count of on-street parking spaces in these two blocks over a 2.5-week period.

City officials counted the number of open parking spaces at different times of day during this period. The number of open parking spaces ranged from 10 to 37.

The results were included in a packet of information prepared for Tuesday's meeting.

Wilson said based on the data, he does not see the need for creating a position for a new downtown parking enforcement officer.

Wilson said there may be issues at times. But overall, he believes there are parking spaces available.

Commissioner Mark Preisinger said commissioners had been offered the hypothesis that there is no parking downtown. He said it was the job of commissioners to sustain or overrule this hypothesis.

"The facts don't support it," he said.

Commissioner Nancy Bauder said it does not seem like there is a problem.

Commissioner Larry Dedeke said he does not believe there is a major problem.

"I support leaving it exactly the way it is," he said.

Deanne Montgomery, the owner of a downtown business, expressed skepticism about the numbers from the city's parking count.

She said there are a total of 60 parking spaces in the 400 and 500 blocks of Delaware. She said 30 open spaces would be an entire block.

"I don't have that on my block," she said.

Connie Linder, an owner of a downtown business, suggested that a full-time person is not needed for parking enforcement. She suggested the city could have someone check the area periodically.

Marc Cipriano, a downtown property owner, said "doing nothing was a failure of leadership" on the part of commissioners.

He argued the city's parking count was not a scientific study.

Preisinger said he believes the numbers presented to commissioners are accurate.

Marty Pope, who operates a downtown business, said it would be nice if city officials conducted another count.

Griswold said he would be willing to look at the issue again in the future.

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