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Township and residents reach a compromise with parking issue

October 14, 2012
Morning Journal News

LISBON - Center Township trustees have come up with a compromise to resolve a parking problem along Center and Brookfield avenues in the Ganders Flat section of the township.

At their Sept. 27 meeting, trustees were presented with a petition signed by 27 residents who live on those streets opposed to a resolution banning parking within the right-of-way (ROW) along certain sections of both streets. The resolution, adopted in August 2011, was in response to complaints about some residents parking partially on the road.

The residents who submitted the petition say they were unaware of the resolution until they started receiving traffic warnings on their vehicle windshields about three weeks ago following another complaint by the same person. The trustees pointed out they posted signs on both streets shortly after adopting the resolution.

The problem is the ROW ban prohibited parking within 25 to 30 feet of the road center line, which in most instances extended 15 to 20 feet into most of the residents yards and driveways. Center Avenue resident Mike Sweeney said the ban meant he could not legally park in his driveway without risk of being cited.

The trustees reported at their Oct. 11 meeting they intend to rescind the August 2011 resolution and approve a new one that will prohibit parking within 2 feet of the road. This would allow residents to park in the front of their homes and leave enough room for a snow plow to operate.

They already ran the idea past the county prosecutors office and were told they could do this.

Sweeney, who was at the meeting, said this would be acceptable to the majority of residents, although he doubts the person whose complaints sparked the changes will be satisfied.

Trustees have said their only purpose was to get parked vehicles off the berm of the road so as not to interfere with the township road crews as they go about their job and to eliminate any driver blind spots.

"If someone has a wheel on the road" they can be cited, warned trustee Ken Schreffler.

The trustees also intend to post 25 mph signs on Center Avenue.



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