By ROBERT S. MERRILL
A location in Preston has been earmarked for overnight parking for semi tractor-trailers.
Franklin County Commissioners have been discussing for several weeks a possibility of opening a location to accommodate the big rigs. Commissioner Scott Workman said there is currently no place in Preston City for semi trucks and other large vehicles to park overnight.
The location that has been selected is just north of Franklin County Fairground buildings. Access to this parcel is off 300 N. State Street at approximately 300 West, according to Workman.
“The county already keeps a portion of this parking area open during winter months to facilitate patrons who use an indoor horse arena. Our road department supervisor Troy Moser has agreed to keep the area free from snow. It will accommodate up to 10 trucks at a time,” he said. “It is now open.”
Preston has an ordinance to help with snow removal that prohibits parking any type of vehicle or trailer overnight on city streets during the winter. And the commission recently passed an ordinance that prohibits overnight parking of any vehicle in a county/ merchant parking lot west of the courthouse.
Workman said the county ordinance is a year-round ban on overnight parking. “The main reason we passed our ordinance was to facilitate snow removal during winter months. But it will be in effect all year long,” he said.
“We wanted to help truckers and others with large vehicles to find a spot they could park overnight in a centralized location. We are considering installing a coin-operated outlet system in the future that would give these truckers the option for electricity.
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