Struthers residents sound off on proposed street-parking restrictions


By Sarah Lehr

slehr@vindy.com

STRUTHERS

Residents sounded off on proposed street-parking restrictions.

More than 30 people attended the second public hearing on the topic Wednesday night. City council plans to host a third hearing and final hearing on a date to be determined.

Council members cited complaints from residents about excessive street parking throughout the city. When people do not use their driveways, it is not aesthetically pleasing and makes it difficult for other cars to drive through, council members argued.

Councilwoman Carol Cryzter, D-2nd, expressed concern, specifically, about emergency vehicles.

“If my house is on fire and one minute makes the difference between life and death, I want that minute to be on my side,” she said.

Proposals under consideration include a total ban on street parking, prohibiting parking on one side of the street and restricting street parking to certain hours. Council has discussed issuing permits, possibly for a fee, to allow for street parking in specific cases.

Elaine Ginnetti, a 9th Street resident, spoke out against a parking ban.

“We have bigger problems in the city,” she said, adding that she did not want a police officer to waste time as a “meter maid.”

Becky Evanson of Ridgeway Street said she supported parking on only one side of the street. She expressed misgivings about the feasibility of a ban.

“I don’t think you can legislate neighborliness,” she said.

Drew Ginnis of West Wilson Street described the city’s parking rules as overly restrictive.

“I’m scared to even have a barbecue at my house because someone’s gonna get a ticket,” he said. “That’s the environment you’ve created.”

Council voted last year to prohibit parking on both sides of Wilson Street between 5th and 8th streets. Based on community input, council plans to revise that rule so parking will be prohibited only on the north side of Wilson between 5th and 8th streets.

Council will vote on the amendment at its regular meeting Wednesday. The amended ordinance will be in effect for a 60-day trial period.

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