A parking area for semi-trucks was approved by Emmetsburg City Council at their meeting Monday night. The project, which had been under discussion for nearly a year, is now becoming reality.
The truck parking lot will be located behind the Emmetsburg Police Department and Emmetsburg Fire Hall. Electricity will be available for drivers to plug in their trucks.
To open the space for maximum parking, four trees must be removed.
"I understand you got a quote for $1,800 to remove the trees and tear out the root balls," said Councilman Corey Gramowski, addressing Public Works Director Bill Dickey. The council discussed using non-profit gaming funds for the tree removal. The area will also need to be shaped and gravel brought in, with the work done by city crews.
"With this, I believe we set a fee of $25 per month to park in the lot," said Gramowski. "Are we going to address one-nighters and two-nighters?"
"Anyone that's plugged in needs a permit down there," added Councilman Bill Burdick, Jr.
"How are we going to take care of the $25 permit?" questioned Councilman Tony Kauten. "We've got to deal with that."
Burdick suggested a sticker of some type on the truck window.
Gramowski added, it will be no different than parking in a no-parking zone.
Gramowski's motion was to use $1,800 in non-profit gaming monies to remove the four trees for the truck parking lot, and a fee of $25 per month for drivers who will regularly use the lot and $5 each night for those who use the lot on an infrequent basis. All councilmen voted in favor.
The monthly fee will be paid each month of the year. The fees will be used to help pay for the electricity being used and for continued maintenance of the truck parking lot.
Signage will be placed in the lot regarding payment of fees on a nightly or monthly basis.