Late-Night Parking Debate, Left Turning Light for Irwin Drive and More

Also, a resident asks the Baldwin Council to return a streetlight, and other notes from a June 19 borough meeting.

Late-Night Parking Debate

There is still no resolution to an issue regarding parking in 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 , 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.

 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.

Streetlight Grievance

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  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."

Other Notes

  • Baldwin officials will pay $10,840 to install a at the intersection of Route 51 and Irwin Drive.
  • A will be replaced.
  • , the Baldwin Council needs three volunteers for a Shade Tree Commission.


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10-4GB June 22, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Jean Smith - I moved out of Brentwood specifically due to over-regulation like this. I would hate to see Baldwin move down the same path. If a car is legitimately blocking the road tow it. If it is not convenient to go down a road because of too many cars then just have parking on one side of the road. I have lived mostly in North Baldwin for 35 years and have never once had a problem. I have never had a horrible snow day come without me and the others on my road parking as many cars as can fit in their driveway. This may be just a few problem roads, if it is then just say you can only park on one side or the other and the issue is done. No one on my street wants to leave the cars out in a snow storm to be in the way of the plow, or to have accidental damage occur to their car because of the snow removal.
Vas June 22, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Jean, good for them of being proud of their children. No one else cares. Anyways, back on point, everyone on my street, and the next street over, and the next street over have only one car driveways, often without garages. I personally don't even have a driveway. We aren't Whitehall fancy and cant fit our 10 cars in our massive driveway So will I have to sell one of my cars and drive my girlfriend to work according to your rules? Again, you are focused in Whitehall. Not everyone is rich like you and some people work odd hours, have 3-4 driving people in the family and all must have their own car to get to their employment. That means street parking. Again, if people block a roadway, tow them! if people want to park on a street and you don't like the look of it, that's another story. Get over it. Again, let me know if you go to the meeting, would LOVE to embarrass you in this debate. make sure you bring your kid stickered van too. You're kids will now fit in with the 10's of thousands of other unspecial kids who play sports that no one cares about.
Jean Smith June 23, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Vas, In Castle Shannon a few years back when they went to off street parking they had streets that did not have driveways and those people got parking permits to park on the road There are even homes in Whitehall that doesn't have Driveways and they made concessions for those people. But you are very rude. I happen to like to see people that are proud of their kids, shows they take an interest in their children and care enough about them then others that leave their children run the streets. Not all homes in Whitehall are uppity either. I paid to have my driveway dug out to make it so that I could park more than 2 cars in my driveway, at my own expense. I also prefer to keep my cars in the driveway and off the street. Vas please do us all a favor and don't breed, this world doesn't need more ignorant people like you around. And I am very proud of my children and grand children and if I took an interest in my children sports, go to their games, go to my grand children games also. Your parents probably didn't do anything with you growing up and that is why your a bitter person.
Jean Smith June 23, 2012 at 09:16 PM
In Baldwin Township and Whitehall you are allowed to park on the streets, just not between 2 am and 6 am. We all have parties here too and our guest park in the street. Baldwin Township only allows parking on one side of the road. But during the winter months you have to park in your driveways so the plows and salt trucks can take care of the roads.
Robert Edward Healy, III July 09, 2012 at 04:40 PM


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