Groveport Council approves revised heavy truck parking law

By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

Groveport City Council came to a decision regarding the long discussed issue of heavy trucks parking in the city’s residential areas.

On July 22, Groveport City Council approved legislation that states commercial vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or more may not park on residential city streets between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Restricted heavy vehicles may be present when work or deliveries are being done as long as the vehicles are not parked for 12 hours or more. Buses or commercial vehicles while conveying passengers would be permitted.

According to the legislation, a first violation would be a minor misdemeanor, the second violation within a year would be a fourth degree misdemeanor, and each following violation within a year of the first offense would be a third degree misdemeanor.

City officials stated the legislation arose because of problems with some large vehicles parking in multiple city neighborhoods and that the big trucks block street causing traffic congestion and making it difficult for emergency vehicles to get through.

GPS routes for semi-trucks
Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall reported to Groveport City Council that, because of the continuing issues the city sees regarding semi-trucks traveling through town, she found a process to provide information to various GPS systems.

“The city engineer’s intern has developed a truck route map and is providing the information to the GPS systems,” said Hall. “Hopefully, this will help to direct trucks around the city.”

City income tax revenue
In a written report to council, Groveport City Treasurer Jason Carr reported that the city’s year to date income tax revenue as of June 2019 is $8.6 million, which is down from the $8.7 million year to date income tax revenue collected by June 2018.

Other news
On July 22, council approved:

•A requested zoning variance for 341 Main St., which had been zoned residential, to allow for an insurance office in the building. The future potential for six parking spaces behind the building for employees and customers will have to be approved by council when the time comes.

•Amending the zoning map for about 24.03 acres located west of South Hamilton Road and north of Lowery Court and owned by Lowery Asset Management LP from suburban residential to select commercial planned district. The zoning application notes the rezoning allows for commercial uses similar to or compatible with the existing development to the south.

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