Archive for Thursday, July 29, 2004

No parking zones cause problems for organizations

July 29, 2004

The Baldwin Lions Club is concerned new parking restrictions could affect the attendance of its meetings.

Mike Gammage, president of the Lions Club, told the Baldwin City Council at Monday's meeting that he was concerned the recently approved no parking zone in front of Vintage Park Assisted Living along Crimson Avenue would be a problem for the organization.

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"This will have significant impact on attendance," he said.

The 39-member Lions Club meets at Vintage Park twice a month, Gammage said, and must use Crimson Avenue in front of the assisted living facility for parking.

But the council's decision to restrict parking for safety reasons in three of Baldwin's subdivisions, including FireTree Estates where Vintage Park is located, has some people searching for parking.

Gammage said the parking lot at Vintage Park was not large enough for all of the Lions Club members to use, which required them to use the street for parking.

He wanted to know if there were other organizations that used the assisted living facility and needed street parking, or if the Lions Club was the only one affected.

Police Chief Mike McKenna told the council he thought the no parking zone was proving to be an issue for many.

"I don't see it just as a problem for the Lions Club, I see it as a problem for others in the community," McKenna said. "I think further investigation is needed."

Council Member Amy Cleavinger raised that same concern at the last meeting when council members approved the no parking zones. She was worried that Vintage Park would have problems with the restricted parking.

But despite her concern, the council unanimously approved a series of no parking zones in FireTree Estates, Signal Ridge and Heritage Addition to help with the increased traffic as well as accessibility problems faced by emergency vehicles.

Council Member Nancy Brown said the safety committee recommended the no parking zones to ease congestion, help traffic flow and create safer conditions.

But at Monday's meeting, Brown said the committee hadn't fully researched how the change would affect Vintage Park and the organizations that use the facility.

"I wasn't aware of the number of groups that used Vintage Park," she said. "Maybe we need to do a little more homework on this one."

She said the safety committee would continue to discuss the issue.

In other business, the city council:

  • Approved in a 4-0 vote a tree service contract not to exceed $26,000 with Asplundh Tree Service. Council Member Ted Brecheisen was absent from the meeting.

Asplundh will be removing and trimming 41 trees that were identified by the Baldwin tree board as being dead, diseased or in need of trimming.

Thirty-seven of the trees are on private property. Owners, who have been notified by the city about their trees, are being given the option of participating in the city's project and paying for their portion. If they don't participate, owners have until the end of August to take care of their trees.

  • Will have its public hearing for the 2005 budget at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Baldwin City Public Library.

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