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Permit parking concern for some residents of Heidelberg

| Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, 2:40 p.m.

Heidelberg Council members tabled an ordinance last week that would require permitted parking on some borough streets, including Washington Pike.

More than two dozen people attended last week's meeting, voicing concerns about the proposal to restrict parking on Route 50 to a two-hour limit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Council agreed to further discuss the proposal next month.

Residents on affected streets would receive parking permit stickers at no cost that would be utilized during those hours.

Officials said that after parking spaces are filled at Port Authority of Allegheny County's Park and Ride lot along Route 50 in Collier, motorists are coming to park in Heidelberg.

Council President Carrie Nolan said traffic has increased on the stretch of Route 50 through the borough.

“The intent of this ordinance is not to infringe on the residents. It is to get the commuters…that are parked on Route 50 and are there all day long,” she said. “What is happening is the commuter lot down across from the (Chartiers Valley) high school is full and they're coming down here.”

Council members said wording in the ordinance would be changed so residents can receive more than the proposed maximum of two permits per household.

“The vision of this council is to be a proactive council. It is not to impede on the residents. That is why we are planning the permit parking for residents only for free. It is not a charge,” Nolan said.

Nolan said parking permit stickers would be provided to residents with a valid driver's license. Households also would receive parking permits for use by visitors.

Councilman Ray Losego told council more than two permits should be issued per household to account for situations such as college students who come home.

Solicitor Anthony Colangelo said after council approves the ordinance, it would need to be approved by Mayor Ken LaSota before it is enacted and becomes effective after a 60-day waiting period.

Nolan said the ordinance would be enforced by the Heidelberg Police Department.

LaSota said he had “significant reservations” regarding the proposed ordinance, and it would be a challenge for Heidelberg police officers to “realistically monitor” and enforce parking restrictions on Route 50 and side streets.

“That would really be stretching the resources of the police department to monitor this,” he said. LaSota also expressed concerns about “no parking” and other signage costs associated with the ordinance.

David Mayernik Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7975 or dmayernik@tribweb.com.

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