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Ardmore businesswoman has concerns about parking changes

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Not everyone is sold on downtown Ardmore's new back-in parking requirement. (KTEN) Not everyone is sold on downtown Ardmore's new back-in parking requirement. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Reverse-angle parking is the new reality along Main Street in downtown Ardmore, but not everyone is sold on the idea of backing in to their parking space.

Jamie Miller, owner of The Fitness Professionals, is one of them. Her biggest concern was whether there is enough handicap parking for residents. She filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department to determine whether the new parking arrangement violates the American Disabilities Act.

Assistant City Manager Kevin Boatright provided assurances that all regulations have been observed.

"There are handicap parking spots on each block as you go down through the streetscape project," he said. "That is per our city code, and it follows all the laws that apply -- state and federal laws."

Miller said she was also concerned about access for emergency vehicles.

"Fire trucks can't get down here, ambulances can't get down here, delivery trucks... that's problematic," she said.

But Boatright said all of those parameters were a part of the master plan.

"Everything is looked at to make sure that it's safe; that it will not impede or slow down in any way any safety measures that have to be taken in case there is an emergency," he said.

In fact, reverse-angle parking can make a firefighter's job much easier, and Boatright said that information came directly from a firefighter.

"He said 90 percent of the car fires start in the engine compartment, and with them being back-in, we can put a fire out in a car," the assistant city manager said.

Miller told KTEN she hasn't heard back from the Justice Department about her complaint.

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