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Parking Ban On Snow-Covered Streets Being Discussed

Township officials are considering banning parking on Franklin streets when they are snow-covered. (File photo.)


Township officials are considering banning parking on Franklin streets when they are snow covered.

The idea – still in its infancy – was discussed at a recent meeting of the Township Council’s public works subcommittee, Councilman Ted Chase (D-Ward 1) said at the April 24 council meeting.

One major sticking point: how to handle residents who live in areas with no off-street parking.

“For instance, particularly along Phillips Road because the Arbors doesn’t have anything like sufficient parking for all of the apartments there,” Chase said.

Chase said that banning parking on snow-covered streets “will greatly facilitate the clearing of snow from our streets when we have a snowstorm.”

Township Manager Robert Vornlocker said discussion about the ban is still preliminary, and that thought is being given to opening up parking lots in township parks for those who don’t have off-street parking.

“We already own the land and we have parking spots, and it would be available off-street parking for residents that don’t have driveways,” he said.

“There were a number of possibilities, and this was just a preliminary discussion at the public works committee,” Vornlocker said.

“There will be more discussions,” he said. “We figured it’s better to start it now, than in November-December when we have the problem upon us. We’ll be a little pro-active this time around.”

 

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