In her report at the May 4 city council meeting, Chariton City Manager Laura Liegois told the council about a call she received regarding the amendment to the city ordinance the council approved at their April 20 meeting allowing 24-hour semi truck parking on the south side of the 100 block of East Grace Ave. near the Chariton BP on the east edge of town until July 31, 2020. During that time, no parking is allowed on the north side of the 100 block of East Grace Ave.

Liegois said she received a call recently from one of the motel owners on East Grace Ave. next to the truck parking area due to the complaints from motel customers the motel owner was receiving about the noise coming from the semi trucks running all night in that area.

Liegois said this is the first call she has received about this matter and first complaint. Following the call, Liegois stopped into the Chariton BP to talk to its manager, Donise Altenhofen, about this matter.

The new rule allowing 24-hour parking on the south side of the 100 block of East Grace Ave. was passed and deemed necessary due to the truck stop on Court Avenue closing around the beginning of April. This eliminated the only major stop in town where drivers could stay and park their trucks. The Chariton BP has only limited space for truck parking.

Chariton Mayor Denny Bisgard commented that he has recently noticed semis parking on both sides of Hy-Vee Road on the west edge of town. “I’m guessing half of the trucks parking there aren’t Hy-Vee trucks,” Bisgard said.

The Chariton city staff doesn’t know if or when the truck stop on Court Avenue will reopen or if someone will buy it.

The council members all agreed at their previous meeting that something needed to be done with the city ordinance and that the truck drivers needed a place to park.

After the meeting on May 4, Liegois said that she sympathizes with the truck drivers and understands the motel owners are trying to run a business. “We don’t want the trucks parking right up by the motels because if they’re running their refrigeration all night, it’s very noisy,” Liegois said.

“We’re looking at some options and trying to come up with some situations to the truck parking situation on East Grace Avenue. We want to try to find a win-win situation for everyone involved,” Liegois said.

Read the May 12, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader/Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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