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Girard addresses street parking

GIRARD — City officials plan to look at what can be done with the problem of vehicles left parked on public streets for long periods or those left too close to busy intersections.

Members of city council’s health and safety committee met Monday with city administrators to see if changes can be made to parking ordinances that do not limit the amount of time a vehicle can be left parked on a road.

Fourth Ward Councilman Thomas Grumley said Safety Service Director Jerry Lambert will discuss changes to the parking rules with the law director and police chief.

Lambert said he has received complaints of vehicles parked on roads for days in residential neighborhoods.

“The cars stay parked there for more than 48 hours or longer and no one ever moves them. They are left parked there day and night,” he said.

Grumley said cars parked on the road too close to busy intersections have caused traffic issues with other vehicles forced to go around them.

In other business, council approved a contract with Lindy Paving of Pittsburgh for $328,762 for summer street paving.

Scheduled to be paved are sections of Hickory Trace, Squaw Creek Drive, Dot Street and Ward, Park, Beechwood, Gary, Broadview, Stambaugh, Wilson, St. Clair and Highland avenues.

Work is expected to begin in mid-June.

Other streets were proposed to be done this year, too, but officials decided to wait.

At-large Councilman Sam Zirafi said only so many could be done this year due to the cost and the economy, noting the city has had to cut back on paving before when in fiscal emergency.

Officials said they plan to use $160,000 in American Recovery Plan funds for the streets.

Grumley said he would like to get a list compiled of what projects the ARP funds will be used for in addition to street improvements.

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