On Thursday evening, the Oskaloosa City Council met in a study session prior to the intended agenda meeting to follow. The council discussed many parking rules, ordinances, and fines that are in place now; including the 2-hour parking rule around much of the Oskaloosa downtown square. Some of these parking restrictions are due to traffic and parking availability issues during the day, as well as the city street sweeping on certain mornings. The square in downtown may soon see a change in parking restrictions within the next few months. These changes could include restricted parking — the Monday-Wednesday-Friday no parking restriction from 2 AM to 6 AM — as well as restrictions on business owners taking parking in the square.
Another topic of discussion during the study session of city council included that of new stop signs spawning around the downtown area to make a few intersections a little safer.The intersections of High Avenue and N. 2nd Street; High Avenue and N. 3rd Street; 1st Avenue and S. 2nd Street were the three main intersections discussed as being hazardous. The proposal of taking out parking spaces was on option that the council considered. But Akhilesh Pal, Director of City Works, had address the council of his concerns for eliminating already scarce parking in the downtown area. Rather, the council agreed the intersections may soon be changed into four-way stop intersections.