City to address parking issues

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


While the Washington City Council is planning to address parking issues in Washington soon, a call regarding a parking problem was reported to the Washington County Communications Center Monday afternoon.

According to the Washington County call log, several vehicles were reported parked in the area in the 1000 block of E. Van Buren Street marked as ?no parking.? The caller reported traffic was unable to get through due to the parked cars. An officer responded and was unable to locate any vehicles parked along the roadway.

During a city council meeting earlier this month, resident Evie Richardson made comments regarding parking during the public comment section of the meeting. Mayor Jaron Rosien said that parking discussion is coming up at a special session on April 24.

?The biggest problem I have with Avenue B is that it is a speedway,? Richardson said. ?The only thing that really slows those speedways down is when you have to slow down and take turns when there are cars parked on both sides of the street.?

She said that emergency vehicles use B quite a bit and she has not seen parking on both sides obstructing these vehicles.

Revisions to the parking code the council is currently considering include: going to parking on only one side of South B, South C, North Iowa, and North Marion to facilitate better traffic flow. Currently with parking on both sides of the street, traffic is limited to one lane in some areas; no parking further back at C and Monroe to correct a sight distance problem; and sight distance problems at South Iowa and Tyler. The council came to a consensus at a previous meeting that city employees should further study the issue, as well as council members should talk with constituents about parking problems in those areas to see if the problems couldn?t be addressed without changing the ordinances.

Other public comments included traffic traveling too fast on South 12th Avenue. Council member Fran Stigers said he had received comments regarding this, including several constituents saying even the school bus goes fast along the avenue.

During a previous meeting, resident Jim Gorham had also requested the council consider doing away with nose-in parking on the square.