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Crafton street parking revised for winter

| Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 9:31 p.m.

Significant revisions were made to a proposed ordinance regarding parking on select Crafton roads during severe winter weather periods at an ordinance meeting last month.

The amended ordinance — which Crafton Council voted to advertise last week and borough Manager Bob Callen expects to be adopted Tuesday — says parking limitations will begin when the National Weather Service predicts a 4-inch snow accumulation within a 24-hour period. Previously, the ordinance required a prediction of only 2 inches.

An emergency period also can be declared by the mayor or when the weather service predicts freezing rain or ice accumulations within a 24-hour period.

The length of the restrictions also is altered, from 48 hours after the end of the warning to 24 hours

As for the roads, only Home Avenue was removed from the list of affected streets. Otherwise, Elmwood Avenue, Harris Avenue, Promenade Street, Clearview Avenue, Keever Avenue, North Emily Street, Oregon Avenue and Sycamore Street will have restricted parking on either portions of the street or on one specific side when an emergency period is declared.

Also, the fine for violating the restrictions has been lowered to not exceed $50. Previously, the penalty was at least $100.

Though Home Avenue will not have any winter weather restrictions, the borough officials are expected to adopt an ordinance that bans parking at all times on both sides for 25 feet from Taylor Street. In the same ordinance, parking on both sides of Lorraine Way between Chartiers Avenue and Fountain Street is restricted at all times.

TreeVitalize

Crafton has 16 new trees, and now borough officials need help to get them into the ground.

TreeVitalize, a public-private partnership working with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to plant trees in the region, awarded Crafton 16 trees to be planted in Crafton Park and along West Steuben Street.

The borough will plant the trees at 9 a.m. on Oct. 24, and adult volunteers are being asked to gather at the park to help. Light refreshments will be available.

Dan Stefano is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at dstefano@tribweb.com or 412-388-5816.

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