Bristol to consider changes to street parking law

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Making changes to an ordinance that prohibits parking on most village streets will be considered by the Bristol Village Board.

Revisiting the village parking ordinance comes after a resident complained at a Village Board meeting on Monday that no parking regulations in his neighborhood mean residents effectively can’t have a large number of guests over.

“… You can’t have holidays anymore,” said Aaron Slutsky about the recent posting of no parking signs in his Chaucer Circle neighborhood.

Village President Mike Farrell explained that parking is not allowed on most village streets.

“There is a legacy of no parking,” Farrell said.

But Farrell, who also lives in a subdivision where on-street parking is prohibited, expressed some sympathy for the Slutsky’s plight. At times, Farrell has to find overnight parking space for five vehicles on his driveway, he said.

“It would be to my own advantage to revisit parking too,” Farrell said.

Village administrator Randy Kerkman, who said he has been considering possible actions on the parking situation for years, offered to develop a draft ordinance on parking incorporating some changes. He would seek opinions from neighborhood association presidents.

Trustee John McCabe urged Kerkman to give updates on the status of the project at future meetings, even the next meeting if possible. Changes int eh parking ordiance would require board action.

Slutsky said he was pleased that the board was willing to give the parking issue some consideration.







    With all due respect to the folks in Chaucer Woods, if you want to have cars and pickup trucks parked all over your neighborhood 24 hours a day, go for it. In most subdivisions, we don’t have sidewalks, we have to go into the road to ride our bikes, walk our dogs, or push our kids around in their strollers. It’ dangerous enough to do with traffic coming and going both ways in our narrow streets. To add to that congestion by having cars parked on the road not only gives the pedestrian more competition for the road space, it hampers the vision of drivers who cannot see behind parked cars. And here’s a clue for folks new to the area, when people park in areas where there are no curbs, they end up parking on your lawn parkway, leaving most unattractive muddy ruts when it’s wet out. To say nothing of the mud tracked through the subdivision. For those of us that have lived here, I can assure you we manage to enjoy the holidays. Most of our neighbors share driveway space when needed for larger group events. I don’t feel that our public works drivers, especially snow plows, fire trucks, ambulances, mail trucks, garbage/recycle trucks or even my newspaper driver should have to compete with cars parked on the road. For those of us that previously lived in the city and are familiar with “alternate side parking”….good luck with that! I don’t feel the entire village should have to change our parking ordinances for a few folks in a new subdivision. If they want to park cars all over their subdivision, let them. I don’t want them in mine.

  2. Salem Too says:

    ??? “Village President Mike Farrell explained that parking is not allowed on most village streets.” ??? Explained what? Why is it not allowed?

    Over here in Salem we also have a no parking law. I was told it is so emergency vehicles can be assured to be able to get around. Is that the same reason over in Bristol?

  3. Chaucer Resident says:

    Chaucer residents have no intent of trying to changing any overarching village ordinances. We are trying to find workable solutions to a sign recently posted in our neighborhood (of which most residents have expressed concern). Aside from the frustrations that come with construction vehicles blocking the street and mailboxes (which aren’t legal either way and will hopefully soon be a non-issue as the construction is completed), we have functioned just fine for many years before the NO PARKING signs were put up a few weeks ago. The presence of the signs has created some logistical problems for residents and their guests. Therefore, we are trying to find a solution. If there must be parking signs, most residents have said things like *parking on one side, *no overnight parking, *no parking when it snows, etc. would be very workable solutions for us.


    @CHAUCER RESIDENT: That sounds reasonable….whatever works for the residents in your subdivision is ok by me! Our village board is usually pretty reasonable in their decision making process. I suspect a “win-win” solution is in the works.

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