Archive for Thursday, July 15, 2004

Parking becomes more restricted in subdivisions

July 15, 2004

Parking will now be a little more scarce in Baldwin's newer subdivisions.

The Baldwin City Council agreed to a series of no parking zones in three Baldwin subdivisions at the request of the public safety committee.

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Council Member Nancy Brown told the council at Monday's meeting the safety committee had concerns about increased traffic in the subdivisions as well as accessibility problems faced by emergency vehicles. She said when vehicles are parked along both sides of the streets in the subdivisions, it doesn't leave much room left for traffic to flow without problems.

"It creates an unsafe condition," she said.

Though there have been few problems so far, Brown said the safety committee didn't want to wait until there were problems before taking action.

"To some extent, this is to try to head off some issues," she said.

The three subdivisions affected by council's approval are Signal Ridge, FireTree and Heritage.

In the Signal Ridge subdivision, there will be no parking on both sides of Signal Ridge Drive. There will also be a no parking zone in place along the west side of Eagle Ridge Drive and the north side of Elk Ridge Drive.

No parking zones have been placed along Crimson and FireTree avenues as well as the west side of Flame Way and the east side of Blaze Boulevard in FireTree Estates.

No parking will be enforced in Heritage on the west side of Heritage Drive and the south side of Santa Fe Drive.

Council Member Amy Cleavinger said she had some concerns about placing a no parking zone along Crimson Avenue in FireTree Estates. She said Vintage Park Assisted Living often uses the parking areas along the street when there are activities and events at the center.

"When there are things going on at the nursing home, there's no where for those people to park," Cleavinger said. "I feel like we need to take them into consideration."

Tina Rakes, codes enforcement supervisor, said she knew the assisted living center used the street for parking, but she still thought it should become a no parking zone.

"That is and will continue to be heavily traveled," Rakes said.

When Vintage Park needs extra parking on the street, she said, the city would be able to make the area a temporary parking zone to accommodate the center's visitors.

In other business, the city council:

  • Approved in a 4-0 vote an ordinance extending the grace period five days before rate payers are assessed a penalty for non-payment of utility bills. Council Member Ken Wagner was absent from the meeting.

Utility bills are due on the 10th of each month. Late fees had been assessed the following day. Under the new ordinance, late fees will now not be assessed until the 16th of each month.

  • Approved in a 3-1 vote, with Council Member Ted Brecheisen voting against, the change of zoning classification of land within FireTree Phase IV development from agricultural to residential.
  • Approved in a 4-0 vote temporary parking restrictions during Day Out With Thomas event this weekend and next weekend.

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