Merchants, Benton City Council Discuss Parking Issues Monday

Merchants, Benton City Council Discuss Parking Issues Monday

BENTON – With construction scheduled to begin later this year on the new Franklin County Courthouse on the Benton Square, several merchants located on and off the square spoke with the Benton City Council about parking on the square at Monday night’s meeting.

According to Benton City Clerk Brook Craig, the merchants don’t believe the parking in front of their businesses should be for employees of any of the square businesses or the county, rather the city should deem the spots for customers only.

Franklin County Circuit Clerk Jim Muir, who attended Monday’s meeting, said the County Clerk’s office and the Treasurer’s office move should open up around 12 parking spots.

A discussion with Muir was then held regarding parking of construction vehicles during demolition and construction of the new courthouse, along with where the county employees will park once the move is made to the Campbell Building.

Muir said there would be people parked on both sides of Church St. and in the parking lots, also noting the First Baptist Church offered their parking lot to county employees as well.

No action was taken by the city council on the issue.