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Fire-lane parking issue improves at Plum High School

| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Traffic flow through the Plum High School campus has improved, according to the district superintendent.

Timothy Glasspool last week told members of the school board and borough council that drivers for the most part are heeding the no parking signs that have been placed at the fire lanes.

“People seem to be following the rules,” Glasspool said during the intergovernmental meeting.

“Things seem to be working out. No one has received a ticket yet.”

Plum Council in March voted to approve an ordinance designed to make drivers think twice before parking in a fire lane.

The new ordinance sets a $25 fine for the offense and gives a property owner the authority to have vehicles towed.

Council acted on a request from Plum School District officials who have continuously battled fire lane violations particularly at the back of the high school near the tennis courts, track and swimming pool with no success because the borough's ordinance had no enforcement provisions.

“The reason for it is emergency services personnel expressed concerns about getting back there,” Glasspool had said.

“It is a serious concern because the back of the building is where our fans and athletes are (during sporting events).”

Council's actions followed the district's move to spend about $60,000 to create about 56 additional parking spaces in the rear of the high school near the swimming pool and tennis courts.

“The parking lot is being used,” Glasspool said.

“For a parent of a kid who swims, (the additional parking) is great,” said council President Mike Doyle.

Manager Michael Thomas said when district officials discover a vehicle parked in the fire lane, they should either call 911 or a shift supervisor in the police department to request an officer issue a ticket.

Glasspool said district officials will decide upon the desired method for contacting police and inform the borough.

Glasspool also said that borough police on patrol typically drive through the campus to determine if vehicles are parked in the fire lane.

Thomas emphasized that borough police will issue tickets to drivers who illegally park in fire lanes throughout the borough.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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