The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

April 15, 2013

No parking signs likely to go up near schools

By Tom Davidson
Herald Staff Writer

FARRELL — On any given school day, the stretch of Roemer Bouelevard by Farrell schools is an accident waiting to happen, residents have been telling city officials for the last six months.

Cars stop suddenly, dropping off students, who weave around parked and stopped cars and trucks or their way to and from school.

Some school district staff members and visitors use the limited curbside parking on the south side of the street, which contributes to the problem. Parking on the north side of the street is already restricted during school hours.

Last month, Farrell council members discussed the issue and last week council members approved the first reading of a measure to ban parking between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on school days on Roemer between Pargny Street and Mercer Avenue.

When council meets a week from today, they’re expected to approve the second reading of the measure.

City Manager Michael Ceci said the signs have been ordered and he hopes council will officially approve the move, which no one’s opposed.

The ban, which would only be in effect during school hours during the school year, should help the problem with congestion by the school, Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Chief Riley Smoot said.

Council’s taking up the issue before a tragic accident happens, Ceci said.

Those in violation of the restriction may be ticketed if the ban is adopted. Parking tickets in Farrell are $5 per violation.