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March 26, 2013

Parking near school posing a growing problem

FARRELL — Farrell officials heard from both sides in a debate over what to do with parking problems in the city.

Residents who live on Roemer Boulevard across from the Farrell Area School District campus came to Monday’s council meeting to ask for parking restrictions on the south side of the street.

A Wheatland resident who lives at the Farrell line came to complain about a ticket his wife recently received.

At issue, as City Manager Michael Ceci put it, isn’t a $5 parking ticket or a blocked driveway: “It’s a safety issue.”

“If we do nothing,” a student is going to be hurt in an accident, Ceci said.

”I do not want to be sitting here” if that happens, he said. “It’s a serious safety issue.”

The school has parking lots - but they’re behind the complex and increased security measures restrict entrance to the buildings to doors facing Roemer.

During school hours, parking is banned on the north side of the street alongside the school. On the residential south side, parking is allowed.

It’s those vehicles that are at issue. Residents say they belong to school employees, students and school visitors.

Some of those motorists block driveways and park on the sidewalks, the residents say.

”We can’t pull out of our driveway,” Lamont Hailstock said.

”It’s really a major problem up there,” added Councilman Eugene Pacsi.

”I pretty much back out of my driveway on blind faith,” said Rose Robinson.

The school district’s buildings and grounds director Dan Harkless attended the meeting and acknowledged parking is a problem.

”I do fully sympathize with the residents about the misuse of parking on the streets,” Harkless said. “I’m all in favor of enforcing the laws that are there.”

That means a fine of $5.

Council heard from one of the many people issued one of those $5 tickets for parking illegally.

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