RENO, Nevada – The Reno City Council asked its staff to continue working with two wedding chapel owners who fear a change in parking rules downtown could prevent their use of limousines. The Community Development Department sent notices demanding businesses turn in official city bags used to cover parking meters and give them free parking time. The recall was prompted by a number of businesses not paying the monthly fee.
Antique Angels Chapel owner Beverley VanDusseldorp and Patricia Simpson, owner of the Arch of Reno Chapel, said they will have no place to park their limousines for wedding parties. Simpson said the project to beautify Virginia Street took away a loading space she had used. Unloading couples, dressed in their wedding gowns and tuxedos, in an alley next to a overflowing garbage dumpster is not a pretty picture, she said.
VanDusseldorp said her business can't use a loading zone, metered parking or the sidewalk or the alley. "We respectfully ask for something to solve this dilemma," she said.
She said her chapel since January has performed 4,250 weddings, meaning groups of two to 100 people visiting Reno for one night or more. "We do a good job in helping people live happily ever after," she said.
The council told staff to review the parking meter bag policy and evaluate the need for more loading zones downtown, while police continue enforcement. A staff report included a long list of downtown business owners using loading zones for personal cars and other people who park in loading zones for long periods, making it difficult for some deliveries to be made.
Source: Reno Gazette Journal