EAST LIVERPOOL - Residents who park on certain sidewalks in the city will be allowed to continue doing so, while others will be ordered to stay off the sidewalks.
City council learned Monday night that the existing parking ordinance will remain in effect with no changes recommended by its street committee, despite concerns raised by committee member Ray Perorazio about parking on sidewalks.
According to the ordinance, parking on sidewalks is prohibited, "except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic," and after conferring with the law director, the committee has decided to selectively enforce the law as needed.
Residents of Lisbon Street in East Liverpool will be permitted to park on the sidewalks as they have been after City council’s street committee decided that an existing ordinance regulating parking allows for selective enforcement. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)
Citizens had been asked to attend last night's council meeting to voice their reasons why they should be allowed to continue parking on the sidewalks, and Lisbon Street resident Judy Blazer did just that.
Blazer said she has had five cars struck while parked in front of her residence, saying, "We don't even fix our mirrors any more. I can't afford to lose another car."
Other Lisbon Street neighbors and their visitors have also had their cars struck, according to Blazer.
While some concern had been voiced about pedestrians walking on Lisbon Street being unable to use the sidewalks, Blazer said there isn't much pedestrian traffic and, "We always make sure there's enough room for pedestrians."
Street committee Chairman Scott Barrett said the committee decided to allow the service-safety director to decide when and how people can park, and a letter will be prepared cautioning those who are parking on sidewalks along Harvey Avenue, specifically, to remove them.
Perorazio has consistently complained about pedestrians not being able to traverse the sidewalks on Harvey, where he said there is no need to park on the sidewalk. His concern is also that sidewalk parking there detracts from the city's appearance.
He suggested Monday night removing the curb on Lisbon Street to allow for easier parking, but fears were raised that that would allow water to flood residents' homes.
Councilman Ryan Stovall said he has received a lot of complaints about parking on St. Clair Avenue on Sundays, saying no parking signs that once were there need replaced.
Swoger said if the street committee decides the signs need to be put back up, that will be done.