Lim­its put on truck park­ing

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mar­cella Peyre-Ferry For 21st Cen­tury Me­dia

OX­FORD >> Bor­ough Coun­cil adopted an or­di­nance amend­ment dur­ing its Mon­day meet­ing putting restrictions on the type of ve­hi­cles that can be parked in the res­i­den­tial dis­tricts around town.

Any ve­hi­cle larger than a dual-wheel pickup truck will not be per­mit­ted to park in the res­i­den­tial ar­eas of the bor­ough.

The change has been made in re­sponse to com­plaints about trac­tor trail­ers and large work trucks be­ing parked on the streets, where they may dis­rupt the flow of traf­fic.

Dur­ing the pub­lic com­ment por­tion of the hear­ing that went along with the or­di­nance change, res­i­dent Randy Teel told coun­cil that the size limit may be too gen­er­ous and should be limited even more, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to the busi­ness dis­tricts and the an­gled park­ing on Mar­ket Street.

Coun­cil re­sponded that park­ing is­sues in the com­mer­cial zones are be­ing ad­dressed at the com­mit­tee level at this time, with re­vi­sions planned for the near fu­ture.

An­other or­di­nance change gives ad­di­tional def­i­ni­tions and reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing li­censes, per­mits and gen­eral busi­ness reg­u­la­tions.

The bor­ough’s new busi­ness man­ager, Brian Hoover, re­ported that he ex­pects to re­ceive ci­ta­tion forms by the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber which will be used for hous­ing and main­te­nance vi­o­la­tions.

Hoover told coun­cil that he has found a build­ing codes en­force­ment com­puter pro­gram that the bor­ough pur­chased in 2012 that was only used for a month. Al­though the bor­ough has been pay­ing $3,500 per year for the last three years for pro­gram main­te­nance, noth­ing has been done with the soft­ware, which Hoover de­scribed as “an­ti­quated.”

Hover re­ported that he has con­tacted the firm which sold the soft­ware and is ne­go­ti­at­ing for an up­dated ver­sion.

Res­i­dent James Sum­ner brought coun­cil a let­ter from the Ox­ford Pres­by­te­rian Church mem­bers ex­press­ing their con­cerns about the po­ten­tial clos­ing of Oc­torara Al­ley. “The rea­son they want the al­ley to stay open is that it is the pri­mary ac­cess to their park­ing lot,” Sum­ner said.

Sum­ner, who is a mem­ber of the Ox­ford His­toric Com­mis­sion also re­ported that re­pair work on the town clock is planned for Oct. 17. Find­ing some­one to do the work has been a chal­lenge with the com­mis­sion even­tu­ally en­gag­ing a clock re­pair per­son from Min­ne­sota.

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