The city of Delaware Parking and Safety Committee at its Monday meeting made several parking-related recommendations for City Council.
The committee approved the recommendation for the removal of a 15-minute and two 2-hour parking restrictions at the southeast corner of East Lincoln Avenue and North Sandusky Street. The restrictions were not necessary because a business no longer operates in that area, according to city staff.
The committee approved recommendations to further restrict parking on North Liberty Street. Delaware resident Susan Garrett asked the city to relocate the “no parking here to corner” sign further north to accommodate traffic at the traffic signal of Liberty Road and West William Street.
“The lane only allows for 3-4 cars, and anyone wanting to make a left turn (east) on to W. William goes around the cars backed up crossing into the south bound traffic on Liberty. There is an alley between W. William & W. Winter and parking behind all houses,” she said in an email.
Nine accidents have been reported in that area over the past five years, said Jessica Omeroid, project engineer, and recommended to restrict parking starting at the north property line of 25 N. Liberty St. to West William Street.
In other business, the committee:
• Approved recommendations for no parking restrictions on the north side of Firestone Drive from Gold Dust Drive to Delaware Drive. Residents spoke at the committee’s August meeting with some in favor and others opposed to the general proposal. William Brown a resident of Firestone Drive said at Monday’s meeting that he supported the measure because it improves the visibility for drivers when turning onto Firestone and makes it safer for children who live in the neighborhood.
• Approved a recommendation to council for an all-way stop at Armstrong Road and Curve Road because a development in that area approved about a decade ago may start next year.
• Were informed that the Public Works Department is drafting two documents about traffic and safety. Deputy engineer Matt Weber said the “Crosswalk Installation and Enhancement Guide” is intended for decision makers, while the “Traffic Calming Measures” document is for everybody and will establish criteria for its pilot programs including solar-powered signs to let drivers know if they’re speeding next year. Weber said they will be requesting funds in next year’s budget for the signs.
Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.