Late-Night Parking Debate
There is still no resolution to an issue regarding parking in Baldwin Borough from 2 to 6 a.m.
At a borough meeting on Tuesday night, Baldwin Councilman Larry Brown read through a lengthy list of streets that would be affected by a new parking ban (or partial ban). Check back soon with the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch for that list. UPDATE (LIST OF POTENTIAL STREETS): http://patch.com/A-vScy
The parking ban has been proposed to make snow removal easier, but it is unclear whether restrictions would be permanent or seasonal.
Concerns range from how to pay for the many necessary no-parking signs to how to handle residences with multiple cars but not enough on-property parking space.
Baldwin police Chief Michael Scott said that something needs to be done regarding the places in Baldwin where on-street parking is cramping roadways.
"They have been so bad I've had to back out in my police vehicle before," Scott said. "From a public safety standpoint, you should probably prohibit it."
The council decided to revisit the parking issue at next month's borough meetings.
"I think we need some clarification of what these lists mean," Councilman Michael Stelmasczyk said.
South Baldwin resident Sandra Beyer took to the podium at Tuesday's borough meeting armed with an impassioned letter and a petition for the Baldwin Council to return a streetlight taken from Blossom Drive.
Beyer claimed that the light's removal poses a danger to bus riders and other nightly commuters and that the lack of light make a nearby fire hydrant difficult to find.
Council members addressed Beyer's grievance by accounting the problem to a miscommunication.
While Beyer had been told that lights by fire hydrants would not be removed, Chief Scott said that fire hydrants only need to remain illuminated by surrounding light. Scott called the matter a "misunderstanding of criteria."
"I can't give up," Beyer said after the meeting. "It's so dark at night."
- Baldwin officials will pay $10,840 to install a left turning light at the intersection of Route 51 and Irwin Drive.
- A bridge on Glass Run Road will be replaced.
- Like the Whitehall Borough Council, the Baldwin Council needs three volunteers for a Shade Tree Commission.
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