Archive for Thursday, March 4, 2004

Council OKs no parking in front of BESPC

March 4, 2004

Dismissal at Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center could take some getting used to, at least for parents.

Changes will soon be made to Chapel Street between Sixth and Eighth streets in an effort to ease some of the traffic congestion that clogs the street after school.

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The Baldwin City Council approved the placement of no parking signs on the south side of Chapel Street between Sixth and Eighth streets, one of a series of changes that will soon be made to help solve the congestion problem.

In a staff report to council members, Utility Director Terry McKinney said city staff observed a number of problems with the traffic flow after school in front of BESPC, including parents not observing traffic laws by parking illegally and blocking traffic. He said vehicles parked legally on both sides of Chapel made the street narrow and dangerous.

Council Member Nancy Brown said the safety committee had discussed the congestion issue with district representatives and had compiled a number of modifications to help ease the problem.

Other changes that will be made, but did not require council approval, include changing parking to parallel parking, eliminate perpendicular parking in front of the BESPC office and request district staff to park in the lots instead of along Chapel. Another change will require the help of the Baldwin City Police Department to develop a no-tolerance policy for those illegally parking on Chapel Street as they wait for the children and issue tickets for violators.

BESPC Principal Deb Ehling-Gwin said parents would be notified of the changes through the parent e-mail and district newsletter. Notes outlining the changes will also be sent home with students.

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