Kilgore, TX (Longview News-Journal) — Sidewalk sales won’t require a permit on selected hours two days a week in downtown Kilgore under a 90-day pilot program the City Council approved Tuesday.
Council members had tabled the ordinance a few weeks ago to give Main Street Program Manager Clara Chaffin more time to hash it out with downtown merchants and her advisory board.
The action comes as Kilgore sales taxes have slumped, including downtown where a new phase of the Main Street Program is on the threshold of work toward a nighttime entertainment district. Apart from that, downtown supporters and retailers have been pushing later hours to lure more people to the World’s Richest Acre.
“I think anything sort of on a trial basis would be good, just to see how it works,” Chaffin told the council after recommending opening the sidewalks to sales from 3 p.m. to close Thursdays and noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays.
Merchants will be allowed only the extended sales floor directly in front of their shops, and a 60-inch right of way must be left for wheelchair traffic, the ordinance states. Merchants also can receive a special event permit for sidewalk sales 30 days in advance.
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