Oil City Continues to Work on Parking Issues

| February 14, 2020

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – Oil City continues to work on its parking issues, and City Manager Mark Schroyer told the Oil City Council at its meeting on Thursday that another public parking meeting is on the horizon.

That meeting, which will be open to the public, will be at 10:00 a.m. February 26 in the Oil City Council Chambers at the City Building, and Schroyer said at that point, a number of different options will be discussed.

“The staff and I met a couple of days ago, and we’ve come up with several initiatives that we can implement fairly soon,” Schroyer said. “There are probably five or six initiatives that we can look at that improve and address some of the parking situations. We will have those ready to discuss on the 26th. This meeting will have a bit more for more of a formal agenda, and we will address these matters and have a discussion about that.”

Schroyer said his discussion with the staff was a good discussion but there is still a lot left to talk about.

“We hope that there is some information in the 2013 parking study,” Schroyer said. “Obviously, some of the mapping and other things need to be updated. But it is a good start.”

According to Schroyer, one of the things that looks like it can be moved on sooner rather than later is a bus shelter that can be removed opening up some parking spaces.

“(CATA) said they weren’t going to remove the bus shelter until April or so,” Schroyer said. “But, they said we could remove it on our own. That is something we are looking at. That will allow us to add four to six spots in a very critical area. That should help out the Taco Shack and some of the other businesses there. We should be able to do that fairly soon.”

According to Schroyer, some things are still in “flux” like the 12 spots in the new PennDOT parking area and with the Days Inn Parking lot.

“There are several issues that are going to be positive for the city that aren’t going to be beneficial for a year and a half, anyway,” Schroyer said regarding the PennDOT lot.

As for the Days Inn lot, Schroyer said there has been an offer to help and there has been back-and-forth between the City and the Days Inn.

“One of the principals we were talking to has now left and somebody else is in charge,” Schroyer said.

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