OLEAN – Parking on the 500 block of North Union Street might become a bit more tricky, if the City Council approves a measure that made its way Tuesday through the Council’s City Operations Committee.
The Council will considering measures that would eliminate meters and parking on the east side of the 500 block of North Union Street in the name of safety and ease of transportation, according to Alderman Thomas Morgan.
One measure would eliminate a dozen parking meters in the section, and another would ban parking in the same stretch so that large transport semi trucks would be able to negotiate the turn off Wayne Street.
The trucks in question are so large that they require a police escort. Dresser Rand uses the trucks to ship industrial compressor units to customers.
“It’s safety more than anything else,” Morgan told the members of the operations committee.
Council President Ann McLaughlin, who is alderwoman for Ward 2 and a member of the committee, said she has seen trucks trying to make the turn from Wayne to North Union waiting for owners of parked cars to move their vehicles. Traffic can be blocked all the way up North Union Street, she said.
Another measure passed through committee would transfer $5,000 from the City’s General Fund Contingency budget into a specific line item for citywide cleanup days. The event historically has allowed residents to clean up a yard or clean out a house and have larger items hauled away for a reasonable fee, Mayor Linda Witte said.
In previous years, that fee has been $35. The additional funds that would be transferred would cover costs beyond the amount paid for by the residents’ fee.
In previous years, there have been problems with the program, according to Public Works Director Thomas Windus.
“Some people have abused the program,” he said. “They have cleaned out entire storage units or multiple rental properties. There should be some kind of size limit established.”
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Committee of the Whole, the Council will settle on fees, size restrictions and dates for the event.
The committee also approved the final contract award for the West State Street project that was started July 5.
The final stage, which was awarded to R. Patti Concrete & Excavating LLC, of Jamestown, is for paving, curbing and sidewalk replacement along the street.
The project is expected to be completed well before the Independence Day holiday, Windus said.
Once the East State Street project is complete, city crews will move to the underpass on Buffalo Street, he said. While the scope of work is not yet decided, the road must be reduced to one lane of traffic. For safety, temporary traffic signals will be installed on each side of the underpass.