East Liverpool City Council is providing an opportunity for area residents to speak up about those who park on city sidewalks.
We urge those on either side of the argument to attend the Oct. 7 meeting in Council Chambers.
It appears that motorists throughout the city are taking advantage of this type of parking, and at least for the time being, nothing is being done to deter it.
There are those who believe it safer for residents along the hill portion of Lisbon Street to park along the sidewalk rather than park in the designated area. It has been said that parked cars have been hit by vehicles traveling down the hill.
Our question - Is that option a safer alternative when one considers those who walk the hill? There are many, on a daily basis, who use their two feet as a mode of transportation, especially on that roadway.
It seems to us if the sidewalk is taken away by multiple vehicles than those walkers have no other option than to walk the street, which obviously is not safe.
There already is a city ordinance in place prohibiting parking on city sidewalks, but it also includes provisions in which the law may be sidestepped.
And, yes, exceptions can be used, and could be inserted into existing ordinances. Lisbon Street, and others throughout the city, may fall into that "exceptions" category.
However, city leaders need to hear from you - the public. What are your thoughts? Your concerns?
This is an opportunity that your city leaders are giving you. How should they handle this subject? We urge you to speak up. Use your voice.