With Lexington's big 300th birthday on the horizon, 300th Committee members Fay Backert and Jessie Steigerwald went before the Board of Selectmen seeking approval of parking allowances for the kickoff celebration.
For the uninitiated, Lexington's 300th birthday bash kicks off next Saturday, Sept. 22, with an all day affair. First there will be the opening ceremonies at the , followed by the and picnic at from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Coinciding with this event will be the Chamber of Commerces' Artisan Fair which will take place throughout downtown Lexington.
Backert and Steigerwald requested, and were granted, three loopholes towards parking in order for the celebration to be enjoyed by everyone to the utmost. The pair were granted
- Unenforced parking meters along Main Street Lexington
- Certain spaces on Main Street in front of Cary Hall to be left open throughout the day for easy pick and drop off for the planned shuttle bus services
- The circle in front of the Cary Memorial Building will be left vacant all day to make way for the crowds and to ease general foot traffic.
The duo is now finalizing three shuttle buses and their routes. The buses will pick up those without readily available transportation or those with a handicap to give them easy access to the celebration. In addition, those who want to leave their cars at LHS after the opening ceremonies can jump on a shuttle and be transferred back downtown to cut back on traffic and parking.
Backert and Steigerwald were quick to point out that the handicap spaces at the Post Office will still remain available for those who would like to utilize them.
To make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible, Bracket and Steigerwald are in correspondence with the LPD to guarantee the best possible parking and transportation outcomes.
Although most of the selectmen accepted the pair's plans, Selectman George Brunell thought it “unwise” to go through with negating the meters, and that the lower turnover rate of cars in the area would hurt local merchants.
Despite Brunell's plea to keep the meter's running, the three requests were motioned and passed by the Selectmen. Expect to see signs heralding the event begin to crop up in Lexington and surrounding towns as the big day approaches.