Mayor is­sues warn­ing about Mar­ket St. park­ing

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Chris Bar­ber cbar­ber@21st-cen­tu­ry­

OX­FORD >> Mayor Ge­off Henry has ad­vised lo­cal driv­ers that po­lice will be get­ting strict with peo­ple who are care­less or who dis­obey the or­di­nances con­cern­ing di­ag­o­nal park­ing on Mar­ket Street.

He said he was prompted to re­mind his con­stituents of the rules when he wit­nessed a per­son stand­ing on Mar­ket Street and stop­ping traf­fic so a driver in a car could back out onto the street safely. That back­ing-out driver needed help be­cause the view of on­com­ing traf­fic from the park­ing spot was blocked by an ad­ja­cent truck, mak­ing the car driver’s exit un­safe. Henry said he wants peo­ple to re­mem­ber that the or­di­nance re­stricts vans, trucks and other large ve­hi­cles in those spots.

Henry said the or­di­nance that re­stricts the first four spa­ces of an­gled park­ing on Mar­ket Street to com­pact cars is there be­cause room must be left for truck turn­ing onto Mar­ket from Third Street.

He said he has other con­cerns that re­main to be ad­dressed in the fu­ture. They are the pos­si­ble clo­sure of Oc­torara Al­ley for the con­struc­tion of side­walks, which could mean per­ma­nent clo­sure, and the chronic speed­ing.

He added that he has or­dered signs to be placed around town telling driv­ers to slow down

This is the ad­vi­sory that Henry is­sued last week:

Due to haz­ardous con­di­tions that ex­ist on Mar­ket Street be­tween Third Street and Ni­block Al­ley and the re­cent paint­ing of lines at the end of the park­ing spa­ces, the Ox­ford Po­lice De­part­ment will be­gin en­forc­ing the or­di­nances shown below. Be­gin­ning Oct. 1, the OPD will be is­su­ing warn­ings to those in vi­o­la­tion and ef­fec­tive Oct. 15, tick­ets will be is­sued. Please also be ad­vised that the first four spa­ces of an­gled park­ing on Mar­ket St. are for com­pact cars only.

Or­di­nance 15-401: Ve­hi­cles to Be Parked Within Marked Spa­ces: Wher­ever a space is marked off on any street for the park­ing of an in­di­vid­ual ve­hi­cle, ev­ery ve­hi­cle parked there shall be parked wholly within the lines bound­ing that space, and it shall be a vi­o­la­tion of this part for any per­son to park a ve­hi­cle or al­low it to re­main parked oth­er­wise.

Or­di­nance 15-402. An­gle Park­ing: 1. Only an­gle park­ing shall be per­mit­ted on the fol­low­ing por­tions of streets: South side of Lan­caster Av­enue South be­tween Sec­ond Street and Coach Street and south side of Mar­ket Street be­tween Third Street and 40 feet west of Ni­block Al­ley.

2. On all streets where an­gle park­ing is re­quired, ev­ery ve­hi­cle parked at the an­gle shall be parked with its front near­est the curb.

3. No per­son shall park or al­low to re­main parked any ve­hi­cle other than a pas­sen­ger au­to­mo­bile, which shall not in­clude a van, fam­ily van, truck, pickup truck, sports util­ity or like ve­hi­cle.

Or­di­nance 15-421. Vi­o­la­tions and Penal­ties: Un­less oth­er­wise stated herein, any per­son who vi­o­lates any pro­vi­sion of this part shall, upon con­vic­tion, be sen­tenced to pay a $25 fine, plus costs.

Mean­while, Ox­ford Area Se­nior Cen­ter Direc­tor Jim McLeod re­minded his mem­bers to be care­ful around Lo­cust and Hodg­son streets dur­ing the clo­sure of Route 472 be­cause traf­fic is in­creas­ing on al­ter­nate routes.

He writes: “Park­ing and traf­fic around the Se­nior Cen­ter could be dras­ti­cally af­fected from Au­gust 1st through Oc­to­ber 30th. Due to road im­prove­ments near the Ware Pres­by­te­rian Vil­lage en­trance/exit lo­ca­tions, Route # 472 will be to­tally closed in both di­rec­tions dur­ing this time frame.

How does that im­pact the Se­nior Cen­ter?

The only way to ac­cess Ware Vil­lage will be from their Lo­cust Street en­trance/exit. All res­i­dents, staff, vol­un­teers, vis­i­tors and de­liv­ery trucks will have to use this en­trance. Traf­fic on and around Lo­cust and Hodg­son Streets will dras­ti­cally in­crease dur­ing this time. Lo­cust Street traf­fic and park­ing is an is­sue dur­ing nor­mal traf­fic times. This will surely im­pact us on a daily ba­sis.

For those of you who can, con­sider park­ing on Mary­land or Delaware av­enues, or in the Nazarene Church park­ing lot, and walk to the cen­ter. They have been granted per­mis­sion to use the church’s lot dur­ing this time. This will leave park­ing in front of the build­ing for those with walk­ing im­pair­ments and hope­fully make things safer for all. Please be cau­tious and safe while driv­ing and park­ing around the cen­ter.

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