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Struthers parking ban prompts debate

Published: Thu, November 11, 2010 @ 12:03 a.m.

By jeanne starmack



A new ban on parking commercial vehicles in residential areas prompted some debate Wednesday before city council.

Police are issuing warnings this month and are trying to educate people about what they can and cannot park at their property, police Chief Tim Roddy has said. He said police will begin issuing citations next month.

Roddy said Wednesday that the owner of a landscaping business on Haywood Avenue who was warned three times about storing equipment on his property was cited earlier this week. He, in turn, sent the city a list of 40 property owners he believes also are violating the ordinance.

“We went out as a courtesy to the people on the list and gave them a copy of the ordinance,” Roddy said.

Roddy said that most of the people on the list are not violating the ordinance.

Several of them came to council’s meeting.

Rachilla Basista, who owns a hauling and Dumpster service with her husband, said the ordinance will hurt their business.

“Some businesses may have to close, which means increased unemployment and less tax revenue,” she said, adding that she hopes council will consider amending or repealing the ordinance.

Councilman Robert Burnside said it wasn’t council’s intention to drive small businesses out. He said the ordinance tries to address neighbors’ rights and the safety issue of streets’ being blocked to ambulances.

“Maybe we have to fine-tune the language,” he said.

Dan Wilkos of Creed Street said he drives his 11/2-ton pickup, a company vehicle, home from work. He said he doesn’t want to drive his truck to a shop to switch to a personal car to drive home.

Dallas Bigley, who lives on Haywood and also runs a landscaping business, said he was asked to move his dump truck, and he will do it. He said he lives near the landscaper who was cited. “He keeps grass in his truck, and it stinks,” Bigley said.

“We’ve got to take a stand on it,” said Councilman Mike Patrick, adding that “maybe we’ll have to have a parking district.”

Ruth Charles, who lives on Woodbine Street, said she hopes council considers residents. “As a resident, I feel I have some rights,” she said.


1ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

So the rights of neighbors trump the rights of landowners? This is BS!

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2gegarlt62(2 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Voters will not forget this insane struthers law, its totally rediculous to claim a safety issue, if they are violating a safety issue they are already breaking the law so enforce what is already on the books. These councilmen,directors or whoever that have their hands in this, are putting their political struthers careers on the spot. Why mess with the law abiding hard working tax paying landowner. Council, can I suggest dealing with a complaint as they arise? If you don't intend on messing with someones livelyhood then revamp this mistake....

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3lefty83(313 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

shields needs a garage,after dumping in the city.

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5Traveler(606 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Thankful i don't live Struthers or i would ether have to quit my job or break my lease and move

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Drive all of the productive out ! Let's turn all of Struthers into a ghetto !

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7mommy3(13 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

There's a huge empty lot where the BMV and Sparkle Market used to be.....

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8Rcarr124(3 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

move to the Northside of Struthers, Anything goes here.....open trash burning, commercial vehichles parked everywhere. Landlords that do not keep up their properties.....homeowners that do not keep up their properties -its very frustrating. A few abandoned houses have recentely been torn down, I've been told this is a start....I havent seen much progress since.......I realize people have to make a living, but if you want to be a business owner, you have to play by the rules and I don't believe the rules are blighting up my neighborhood......

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9gegarlt62(2 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I believe the towing company at sexton and poland is in a residental area of struthers...ooops there goes another business....or struthers will find a way to make them exempt..

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10candystriper(575 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Sun City Struthers Home Owners Association.

$300.00 for bouncing a basketball after 2pm

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11hasbro(1 comment)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

It is not the intent of the law here that is the problem it is the wording of this law that is the problem. To keep out "commercial vehicles " is a good thing, otherwise you have people that are parking dump trucks and trailers allover their yard making it look like Youngstown and with the property tax prices we pay that is not acceptable!
The problem is the law says "commercial type vehicles" in short this means if you are a home owner that has a snow plow on your truck you are not allowed to have it!!!!
This should be simple the state of Ohio says if you use your vehicle for profit you must have commercial plates on it! So if the vehicle has commercial plates ,it is comercial. If the average guy's F-350 that are sold to average people everyday and has non-commercial plates on it because he pulls his camper on the weekends then it should not affect him because you are allowed to a camper trailer in struthers and you have to have 3/4 ton or 1ton pickup truck to legally pull it on the roadways!!!!
This should be a simple law,but simple people are making it complicated!!!! City council just needs to take the word "type" out of the law. It is either commercial or it isn't and the plates will say what it is!!!!!!!

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12Traveler(606 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

My company truck is a F-350 dual pretty much a big pick up truck its is license commercial. Per my contract with work i have to be available 24 hours a day to respond for customer emergency. If i couldnt take my truck home i couldnt keep my job its that simple.

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13Aware(253 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

It is my understanding that even a van with commercial plates will be cited. There are small business owners with vans throughout Struthers. I hardly think they are eyesores, and if they are kept in a garage or driveway, what is the problem? One writer here mentioned Shields. That is how this how thing got started. A person has a business and b/c of political differences, they are harassed. This new development is a smokescreen and will bite them eventually. I want to know this: There is a business on Poland Avenue (residential zoning) with a (business) sign outside the home. The home is nearby (or next door to) a councilman. Another instance is people repairing vehicles in their driveways (close to this). That should also be illegal. The Mayor and council seem to be doing nothing to bring in or keep businesses in Struthers as evidenced by the empty Sparkle lot. So now they want to banish loyal residents for trying to make a living which requires a vehicle parked on their own property at night? Oh, puleeeeze. What a bunch of loonies.

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14Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Those Caddys with the high wheels and ear shattering window rattling stereo are welcome in Struthers . There are no constrictions on Crack Wagons .

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