By Linda Dillman
Commercial drivers using Obetz roads to park or store their vehicles may soon need to find an alternative because of rising complaints about the practice.
“I’ve had several complaints about trailer parking on residential roads,” said Obetz Mayor Angie Kirk during a July 26 Obetz Village Council meeting.
“I think we need an ordinance to get them off the road, along with semis,” said Kirk. “I had several calls and it’s not just one neighborhood, but several.”
Concerns include blocked driveways, obscured street views, and the inability of emergency vehicles to drive through streets.
“You cannot block someone’s driveway,” said Kirk. “I’ve asked Gene (Law Director Gene Hollins) to look if there’s already something on the books or to come up with something. We need to take a look at this in our neighborhoods.”
Councilwoman Bonnie Wiley suggested the village might be able to find a place for drivers to park their semis that is not located in a neighborhood setting.
“We did have semis in the neighborhood in the last couple of weeks,” said Police Chief Michael Confer.
•Wiley reported on an effort to document Obetz history in a book format similar to publications created for neighboring communities like Groveport and Canal Winchester.
She said help will be needed at some point with the storage of donated documents and artifacts, along with a need for volunteers to organize and catalog the donations.
•Council heard the first reading of an ordinance creating four corporal positions in the police department and an additional sergeant position and declaring the legislation an emergency.