PARKADE: Permanent police parking spot on Parkade Boulevard approved

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 | 3:54 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The City Council has approved a request from Columbia Public Schools to designate a permanent parking place for a police car on Parkade Boulevard

The spot will reserve a 20-foot space next to mobile classrooms that serve students with special needs from throughout the district.

The council is now responsible for drawing up an ordinance.

Parkade Boulevard is often lined with parked cars during the school day, and a reserved parking space should ensure that police officers are able to park close to areas of the school that need assistance.

In a letter to the Public Works Department, John White, safety and security coordinator for the district, said the purpose of the parking zone is to allow police to access the mobile classrooms quickly and with minimum disruption.

Michelle Baumstark, the community relations coordinator for Columbia Public Schools, likens the parking spot to a fire lane outside of any building. She said it’s common to request an emergency spot such as this one.

The fiscal impact of the project would include a one-time $130 cost, for signs, paint and labor.

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