The Elkins Street Committee made a well-founded decision Wednesday to offer special parking permits to those who also have a building permit to work on structures in the downtown area.
Apparently, the idea had been presented in June, but was never placed on the City Council agenda. The item was passed by the committee this week after it was determined that it didn't require action by the full council.
Beginning immediately, contractors who obtain a building permit also will receive two parking permits. While this is an outstanding move, it leaves room for the same consideration to be extended to others, and additional courtesy for contractors.
For example, what about the people checking on or making repairs to a building's utility service or ventilation system? They sometimes need a particular parking spot for access to the structure. Since their work usually doesn't require a building permit, will they get a special parking permit?
There's also the issue of the street sweeper traveling through residential areas during the day when contractors would be parked along the street to perform their work. The question surfaced last year as to whether these contractors would be exempt from receiving a ticket for parking in the street sweeper's path. No action has, so far, resulted.
Maybe the Street Committee or City Council will expand its considerations in the future.