Our View: Parking wars
Apr 07, 2013 | 774 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Officials with the City of Jasper and the Walker County Commission have took time over the last week or so to trade jabs with each other over Jasper’s two-hour parking ordinance, which will take effect May 1.

Commissioners spent an hour at a work session on March 27 talking about the issue. During that discussion, it was suggested the city didn’t put much thought in its parking ordinance. Jokes were made about expecting the city to fine county employees for walking on the sidewalk near the Walker County Courthouse. Commissioners also suggested citizens would now be paying to park downtown.

Mayor Sonny Posey shot back at the commissioners’ comments with a tirade near the end of Tuesday’s meeting of the Jasper City Council. He inferred county officials might not be intelligent enough to understand the new law.

While clashes between area officials may make interesting fodder for front-page news stories, the Daily Mountain Eagle believes it’s definitely not the best thing for Walker County.

This downtown parking issue has brought to light disagreements between the city and county, but we believe the problem goes much further than that and involves people behind the scenes that haven’t been publicly identified.

Our county has a bright future if its leaders can come together as a unified group. That statement isn’t just directed at the Jasper City Council or the Walker County Commission. We need a unified front that encompasses each municipality within the county, the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, the East Walker Chamber, the Jasper Industrial Development Board, the Walker County Development Authority as well as several other organizations and individuals.

Businesses — retail and industrial — are constantly touring our county. They’re here to scout our area and determine if it would be the right fit for them. We can have all the factors, but if they pick up the paper and see we can’t get along, that may be the one thing that motivates them elsewhere.

Let’s move forward. Let’s work together. Let’s make Walker County great.

— Daily Mountain Eagle