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East Dubuque council reverses car show parking plans

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EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. (KWWL) -

Some small business owners in East Dubuque say they are frustrated after a special City Council meeting on Tuesday. Council members voted 4-2 to pull designated parking spots it had granted in March to address parking problems for customers of businesses along Sinsinawa Avenue during Gary's Graffiti Nights car show.

Car show owner, Gary Duster, said he told the council on Tuesday about an incident where one of the classic cars got damage due to the designated parking spots.

"We had an incident where one of the reserved spots in between the classic cars, somebody pulled in there and opened the car door and hit one of the classic cars," Duster said Thursday.

He also mentioned to the council that he was looking to move the show elsewhere.

City council member, Randy Degenhardt said the council decided to reverse the decision they had made in March.

"The overall picture is - there is nothing left in town. We have people coming over on Thursday nights, there are 500 people down there and around 200 cars. The rest of the week you could shoot a cannon down through the main street and it wouldn't hit anything. I mean that is how it is. The tavern keepers down there are struggling to stay a float and we are trying to get people to come to East Dubuque. I don't want to run anybody out of town, we need people to come into town and stay here," Degenhardt said.

The decision left some small business owners along Sinsinawa Avenue frustrated. Some of the owners told KWWL, they enjoy the car show, but are concerned with this decision that there will be no parking for their patrons. They said that means they will have little to no business on car show nights. Owners said they were talking to a lawyer about the situation.

KWWL reached out to East Dubuque Mayor, George Young, who said the debate is over.

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