Mayor issues warning about Market St. parking
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.