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Irmo parking debate continues following special-called Town Council meeting

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IRMO, SC (WIS) -

On Thursday, a special-called Town Council meeting surrounding some controversial parking regulations for the town of Irmo was held.

The meeting lasted more than three and a half hours. It all surrounded a newly passed town regulation, which restricts people from being able to park on their own lawns.

Town council voted 3-2 in favor of a new ordinance that would strike that controversial language on lawn parking.

The new ordinance will still have to pass the council two more times to make it official.

Irmo residents showed a lot of passion on the issue Thursday night and packed the the meeting. Residents in favor of lawn parking said they would really have no options as street parking is already prohibited in many areas of Irmo. 

''It seems like we're all being penalized for some who take advantage of parking,''one citizen told the council. Another said a "one size fits all" approach to parking rules will not work.

People who want the restrictions say it to help beautify neighborhoods and cut down on blight.

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to get in a car and ride through Irmo and look at a lot of places and go, 'There's no way I'd live there,'" said Mayor Hardy King. "But there's also people that live there and go, 'I don't want to live here anymore, I'm tired of living beside this, why can't ya'll do something about that?'"

"We got to start somewhere," Mayor Pro Tem Julius Waites said.

''There are a lot more things more important than where you park your car,'' said Councilwoman Kathy Condom.

Members of the council say they will continue the dialogue on what to do about parking the months ahead.

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