Elizabethtown City Council had first reading Monday of an ordinance to close a portion of Strawberry Alley to vehicular traffic.

It proposes closing the portion of Strawberry Alley from South Main Street to its end at Quince Alley to any and all traffic. This portion of the alley has been used exclusively as a public pedestrian passageway since redevelopment of the Huddleston House in the 1980s by the Elizabethtown Housing Authority.

According to the ordinance, Strawberry Alley will remain dedicated as a public right-of-way and open for pedestrian traffic and open to service delivery vehicles to the properties next to this portion of the alley.

The ordinance said this portion of Strawberry Alley may also contain a pedestrian walk and other accessories, including way-finding signage and lighting, to assure a safe route for the general public.

Monday’s meeting also introduced Julia Springsteen as the newest council member and Ken Howard as the new city attorney.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.