Public hearing set for new parking ordinance

By Ryan Cornell

Middletown Town Council will hold a public hearing on a new parking ordinance next month.

The ordinance, which has been in the works for nearly a year, would prevent tractor trailers from parking overnight, according to Councilman Jeffrey Pennington.

“They can only park for an hour at retail and commercial locations and they can’t idle more than 15 minutes, and that’s the gist of it,” said Pennington, who chairs the council’s ordinance committee.

He said the ordinance was prompted by overnight parking at “some of the gas stations by the interstate.”

“I know this parking thing, everyone’s concerned with it, but I think we’ve come up with something that’s balanced for everybody,” he said. “That was our intent.”

The public hearing will be held at the next Town Council meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 14.

The meeting will also feature a public hearing on the regulations for water and sewer service to land outside of the town’s boundaries.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or

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