A dispute over parking has arisen in John Day’s downtown district.
Tasha Marciel, owner of Cutting Edge Salon and East Oregon Homegrown Vinyl, claims all of the parking in front of her business on Dayton Street is being used by T&H Auto and other proprietors.
She requested that the John Day City Council consider implementing a one- to two-hour parking restriction in the downtown area, specifically the west side of Dayton Street. The council did not immediately dismiss the idea but instead said they would communicate the problem to T&H as a third party.
“I don’t want to shut my doors because my clients aren’t coming to see me.” Marciel said.
She added that some of her clients are elderly, making parking a significant factor in where they get their hair done.
Marciel says she and her employees have started parking elsewhere to leave room for customers but have seen vehicles in various states of repair waiting to be serviced at T&H parked on the street for several days.
T&H Automotive owner George Hamsher says that he tries to bring vehicles in nightly, and when they are waiting to be repaired he tries to keep them away from other businesses. He said he brings all the cars in off the street on weekends to provide more parking for the nearby church and would work to provide more parking for the salon.
“I will do everything in my power to make sure we respect the request,” Hamsher said.
Hamsher said a recent hail storm in Monument has resulted in an uptick in business, which has resulted in less available parking.