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Edgewood Checking Whether Some Streets are Too Narrow for Parking

In Edgewood, some residents are concerned that the narrowness of their street does not support on-street parking.
City Administrator Brian Dehner spoke at Monday night's city council meeting about complaints from a pair of residents on White Oak Drive who cited a median in the middle of their street as prohibitive of parking. They are concerned, Dehner said, about the possibility that larger vehicles won't be able to get if cars are parked on the street.
"A request has been made to have no parking all the way up to Charter Oak," Dehner said. 
Mayor John Link said that if there were a parking ban, it would only affect one side of the street, since the other side has fire hydrants. "I parked there once," said Councilman Ben Barlage, "and it didn't feel right. It feels tight."
Dehner said the city sent a fire pumper up the street and that it was about navigate around the parked cars with no trouble. School bus drivers have also not complained and neither have the garbage truck drivers, Dehner said. There was an issue where garbage was not picked up one day, and residents thought it was because the garbage trucks couldn't get through, but Dehner found out there was another issue at fault.
Councilwoman Nancy Atkinson suggested possibly sending a letter to residents to determine if they wanted an official parking ban. Dehner said banning parking on one street with a median could open the door to banning parking on all the other similar streets. He told council that Lyndale Road measures at 13 feet, Timber Ridge measures 14 feet, Magnolia and White Oak are both 17 feet, and Prestwicke Drive is 21 feet. He said that he noticed that the grass was matted down in spots which suggested that people might be going up on the median to get around cars.
With council reluctant to make the decision to prohibit parking, Dehner suggested that council might want to go look at the area, and he would put the matter back on the agenda for next meeting.
In other business, Attorney Frank Wichmann explained to council why they had two ordinances in front of them, one for code enforcement and one for nuisance. He said because the state government passed House Bill 422 in an effort to make the code ordinances more uniform between cities, Edgewood needed to make some changes.   Wichmann asked the council to look at sections 4 through 7 which changed some of the things that Edgewood had in its specific ordinances. Dehner said he already took out one of the pieces which deals with fowl, since the city has already dealt with that issue, but he also said council should look at the changes, and decide if they want to pass the changes in ordinance form at the December 19 meeting.
Mayor Link administered the oath of office to Ben Flanagan, who will be the new police officer in the city. Flanagan came from the City of Independence, and his wife and three sons came to watch him take the oath of office.
The Letters to Santa mailbox will be accepting letters until December 7. The Home Decorating contest will be  December 9 to 11 and winners will be announced December 16. Luminary night will be December 11.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Photo: Ben Flanagan takes the oath of office with Mayor John Link (RCN)