Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Flowertown Festival went off smoothly, but not entirely without a hitch, neighbors told Town Council on Wednesday.
Peter Gorman, who lives on the east side of the park, said the town’s decision to close streets on the west side of Main Street pushed more traffic and parking to the east side.
People were continually circling looking for parking spots, and some parked perpendicular instead of parallel, meaning they went past the right-of-way and encroached on private property, he said.
There was also a lot of litter because people discarded items as they returned to their cars, he said.
He was told the litter would be picked up, but when it was still there Tuesday afternoon he and the neighbors banded together to pick it up, he said.
He suggested trash barrels on the paths out of the festival, as well as within the festival itself.
Samuel Green, chairman of the finance committee at Wesley United Methodist Church, said church members were blocked from going down Pressley Avenue to get to church.
Pressley Avenue is a short street that joins the intersection of Sumter Avenue and West 5th St. North. The church is at the end of the street, and its educational building is on West 5th St. North next to the town’s Berry House.
Green said police officers were inconsistent about letting people through. Some wouldn’t let anyone through, and churchgoers had to pay to park in the First Baptist Church lot, he said.
Even the preacher couldn’t get through on Saturday, he said.
Also, the officers wouldn’t let people drive down West 5th South St. to the education building, so those who could get down Pressley Avenue had to drive over the grass to get to the education building, he said.
Police Chief Bruce Owens approached Green after the meeting so he could get more information and improve the situation next year.