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Brentwood cracks down on illegally parked commercial vehicles

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

Brentwood residents opting to park oversized commercial vehicles on the street overnight without a permit can expect a ticket.

Resident complaints prompted borough leaders to begin enforcing parking regulations for commercial vehicles that are illegally parked on the street overnight. The rules also apply to any vehicles parked on the sidewalk or in a fire lane.

The fine for a violation is between $10 and $15.

“It's got to be enforced,” Mayor Dennis Troy said.

Brentwood police have issued 75 to 100 tickets in the last two weeks for parking violations, they said.

“It's a response to complaints from residents throughout the borough,” police Chief Robert Butelli said.

This is just the beginning of an initiative to clean-up Brentwood's streets, which officials have said are overcrowded with vehicles parked in violation of borough and state codes.

The rules previously had not been enforced, Troy said.

“Some people said, ‘Oh, because it's so tight. The roads were so tight we had to park that way,'” he said.

Commercial vehicles with a company name on the side, a lift-gate or over a certain size are not permitted to park on borough streets overnight, Troy said.

Temporary parking permits are issued on a case-by-case basis for those with extenuating circumstances, like people who do not have another place to park their commercial vehicle, he said. The temporary permits will last until May 31.

“We've been trying to be understanding of folks,” Troy said.

According to borough code, commercial vehicles are supposed to be parked in the rear of a home, the mayor said. Borough leaders are doing their “due diligence” to review the codes and get public opinion on the rules already in place.

Most of the comments received by borough officials have been positive, Troy said.

“Are some people going to be upset? Of course. Not everybody is going to be happy,” he said.

Residents at last month's council meeting, and via social media, have offered borough leaders suggestions on ways they would like to see parking improvements made.

The mayor said he is meeting with representatives from Gateway Engineers on Friday to review a Geographic Information System, or computerized tracking system that stores data about the borough's geography.

In upcoming weeks, borough leaders and staff, will begin walking the streets to gather data on each property, including “do they have a driveway?” and “is the driveway adequate?”

Brentwood leaders would like to begin a residential permit parking program, possibly in June.

A zoning ordinance more than 15 years old requires residents that have garages or driveways to use that space, instead of parking on the street. That ordinance has gone unenforced for more than a decade, officials said.

Parking permits could be issued for those without adequate driveway or garage space. Borough code allows for one permit to be issued for each adult owner, Troy said.

Having the data from the borough survey will give leaders a “better sense” of the parking situation, Troy said.

Data collection likely will not be completed by June, Troy said.

Parking permits that already have been issued, also, will be up for review and renewal at some point, because Brentwood leaders have no record of the permits that are out there, Troy said.

Streets already are clearer, Troy said.

“I am confident that the long-term outcome of this project will be a benefit to the majority of residents and we are still on our path of cleaning up the streets and making safety to our walking children and residents a priority,” Councilwoman Stephanie Fox said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


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