DuBOIS — Residents sought the help of parking issues from the DuBois City Council Monday night.
The city amended the parking ordinance in June by providing that there no longer be “parking on rights-of-way or between the curb or edge of pavement of the road or alley and the sidewalk that is not part of a designated driveway.”
In some neighborhoods, that leaves residents with few, if any, options. West Sheridan Avenue and Chestnut Street were the problem areas in focus Monday.
Councilman Randy Schmidt diagnosed one of the main reasons why the issues are so thorny. “Past councils didn’t enforce the ordinances. If they had, we wouldn’t be here tonight.” He said practices that should have been stopped years ago were not.
City Solicitor Toni Cherry zeroed in on another reason for the parking problems and warned those she holds responsible that they will be held accountable.
She and code enforcement Officer Zac Lawhead were party to a summary code violation appeal in Clearfield last week. A tenant who had been found guilty said he didn’t have the money to fix the situation or to pay the fines and costs.
Cherry said there is a big difference between owner-occupied homes and properties owned by landlords.
“We’re wasting our time fining tenants,” she said. “We should be going after the landlords.” A tour of the city, including neighborhoods in which she grew up were, she said, “eye opening. Shocking. Truly disturbing. We’re going to fix this town up.”
Robert Liddle, a realtor and real estate investor, said lack of parking will ultimately depress property values and make it much harder to sell homes in the future.
City Manager John “Herm” Suplizio and the council will, with city Engineer Chris Nasuti and police Chief Blaine Clark, it was decided, visit the affected areas to see if they can find solutions for the residents.
The railroad tracks at the intersection of Route 255 and Liberty Boulevard (Route 219) will be repaired Wednesday. The work will last all day and traffic will be restricted and controlled by flaggers.
The council awarded the bid for the Community Pool Improvement Project to Stoneridge Aquatic Construction in an amount not to exceed $1,060,400.
Main Street update
Milling began Monday on Main Street and was to continue Tuesday. Paving is expected to begin Friday.
Give us a break
City Treasurer Lisa LaBrasca Becker said workers in her office have been subjected to abuse by a few residents when they pay parking tickets.
“There is no excuse for that,” she said. “We don’t write the tickets.”
The council will hold a work session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the council chambers in city hall on West Scribner Avenue.