Obetz to remind drivers of parking restrictions

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Motorists who park on the street in Obetz’s subdivisions may need to refresh their memory regarding parking restrictions as the village prepares to paint yellow reminders on curbs.

“The school district’s bus drivers and the fire department have a hard time driving down the streets when there are cars parked on both sides and near corners and stop signs,” said Councilman Giles Richardson following Obetz Village Council’s June 28 meeting. “We thought we needed to revisit this. The regulations have always been in place, but the curbs were never painted when the subdivisions were first built.”

According to the codified ordinance related to prohibited parking places, and zones where village workers will concentrate their curb painting efforts, restricted areas are within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection and within 30 feet of a traffic signal or stop sign.

“We’re painting the curbs to match the ordinance,” said Obetz Village Administrator Rod

Davisson, who said the village will send a letter to all residents informing them of the project and the need to follow Obetz’s codified ordinance.

Parking within curbed areas highlighted in yellow, including crosswalks, and those unpainted, but which still fall within the codified ordinance, is a minor misdemeanor and subject to citation by law enforcement.

Richardson admitted that people accustomed to parking in prohibited areas may not be happy with the village and its intention to highlight and enforce those areas, but it is a matter of public safety.

“Safety comes first,” said Richardson, “especially when there are so many kids in those subdivisions. They might run out from behind a car parked too near an intersection or a stop sign and get hit because the driver’s view was blocked by someone illegally parked. We’re ordering the paint now and want to complete the project by the end of the summer.”

Litter problem
Mayor Angela Kirk said littering in the village’s parks and near the splash pad has got to stop.

“We had a mess to clean up this morning,” said Kirk, who said trash and an abandoned grill was left behind near the splash pad. “Someone was still having a cookout there at 9:30 at night.”

Village officials plan to look at video surveillance for people not following park rules and leaving a mess and trash after they leave the grounds.

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