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Citing safety concerns, the Wellman City Council is moving forward with plans to designate part of the 700 blocks of Third and Fourth streets as no parking zones.
At Monday’s meeting, the council agreed to have an ordinance drawn up to ban parking on the north sides of those blocks.
“The biggest hinderance to the ambulance is the alley (behind Freeman Foods),” Councilman Tracy Owens said.
“You have to pull clear out into the lane before you can see what’s coming,” Councilman Bob Goodrich said. “It’s just a blind spot.”
City Administrator Kelly Litwiller said that she took some measurements on the street.
The parking spaces are 7½ feet wide on each side, while the total width of the street is 32 feet, leaving just 16 feet of travel space if vehicles are parked on both sides of the street.
The idea of converting the block to one-way was floated but quickly shot down.
“If there’s going to be no parking, it should be on the north side of the street,” Goodrich said.
One property owner expressed doubts about the plan’s effectiveness.
“If you take away parking on the north side of the road, will people who live there start parking on the south side?” he asked.
Councilman Shannon McCain suggested that no parking signs should be placed in addition to the usual yellow curb paint.
“People don’t pay attention to the yellow,” he said. “But a sign could work.”
He added that it would be especially important to ensure no parking around the alley.
Mayor Ryan Miller said that the plan would have to come in the form of an ordinance that the council could vote on at the April 16 meeting.
The ordinance would create no parking zones on the north sides of the 700 blocks of Third and Fourth streets.