Struthers council to review W. Wilson parking


By Sarah Lehr

slehr@vindy.com

STRUTHERS

Council members are reviewing parking restrictions on West Wilson Street.

Last year, after receiving complaints from residents, council voted to ban street parking on both sides of that road between 5th and 8th streets.

The police department in 2016 completed a traffic study of the area, at council’s request.

Effective March 1, council revised that ordinance, so parking would only be permitted on the north side of West Wilson, which is the side with fire hydrants. At the time, council members said they planned to gather feedback on the change and revise it again, if necessary.

Because the amended ordinance remained in effect only for a 60-day trial period, the rules have since reverted back to the original ordinance, which prohibits parking on both sides of West Wilson between 5th and 8th streets.

Wilson Street residents complained to council members about the parking situation during a council meeting this week.

“You have made our lives a miserable hell,” resident Drew Ginnis said. “I’m one of those people who don’t complain. ... Our lives are hell. It’s hard.”

Council President Henry Franceschelli had to call for order several times, as some of the residents interrupted one another and shouted from the back of council chambers. A police officer arrived for the latter part of the meeting to maintain order.

Council will further discuss West Wilson parking during a 6:30 p.m. committee meeting Wednesday. The public may not comment during committee meetings, which council uses to brainstorm before bringing legislation to the floor for a vote.

Council plans to vote on the West Wilson issue at the next regular meeting May 24.

In addition to regular meetings, council has hosted a series of public forums this year on a proposal to curb street parking citywide.

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