Coun­cil sus­pends ban on truck park­ing

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mar­cella Peyre-Ferry

OX­FORD >> En­force­ment of the ban on trucks, vans and SUVs in the an­gled park­ing spa­ces along Mar­ket Street was sus­pended by Bor­ough Coun­cil dur­ing its Mon­day, Oct. 10, meet­ing. The move came af­ter com­plaints from the busi­ness com­mu­nity and coun­cil mem­bers’ ob­jec­tions on how the re­turn to en­forc­ing the 20-yearold or­di­nance af­ter years of ig­nor­ing it was han­dled.

The orig­i­nal or­di­nance from 1996 lim­ited the an­gled park­ing to pas­sen­ger cars only, but af­ter com­plaints that the orig­i­nal signs pro­hibit­ing trucks were re­moved, that pro­vi­sion of the or­di­nance was no longer en­forced.

“There are a lot of or­di­nances I don’t think are al­ways car­ried out,” Coun­cil Chair­man Ron Her­shey said. “Did they have a le­gal au­thor­ity to en­force the or­di­nance? Yes.”

Park­ing and traf­fic flow have been hot is­sues with coun­cil in re­cent months, and dur­ing line paint­ing, a line was placed at the back of the Mar­ket Street park­ing stalls to des­ig­nate the edge of the traf­fic lane. The first three spa­ces from the in­ter­sec­tion with Third Street were also posted for com­pact cars only be­cause large trucks mak­ing the turn onto Mar­ket Street of­ten swing wide around that cor­ner.

Mayor Geoff Henry is­sued a press re­lease on Sept. 22 ad­vis­ing that the rule lim­it­ing park­ing on Mar­ket Street to pas­sen­ger cars only would be en­forced start­ing this month, but coun­cil had not taken ac­tion on this.

“I don’t think a press re­lease

should ever go out with­out coun­cil know­ing about it,” Coun­cil Mem­ber Peggy Rus­sell said.

Henry took re­spon­si­bil­ity for the press re­lease but was not the one who or­dered the lines to be painted. “The fact is, there is an or­di­nance on the books,” he said.

Coun­cil’s vote to sus­pend that por­tion on the park­ing or­di­nance and re­fer it to com­mit­tee for re­vi­sion re­moves the po­ten­tial for any­one to be tick­eted for park­ing a truck or van in the an­gled spa­ces, but ve­hi­cles that pro­trude into the lane of traf­fic may still be cited un­der the state’s ve­hi­cle code.

The park­ing is­sue gen­er­ated ex­ten­sive com­ment from the au­di­ence, but there was no dis­cus­sion when Her­shey read a brief state­ment to the Ox­ford Area Sewer Au­thor­ity to call for the im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion of Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Ed Len­nex.

The sewer au­thor­ity has failed to meet its pay­ments due on a $27 mil­lion USDA loan and has raised user rates by 30 per­cent to try to close the gap be­tween costs and rev­enues. Mem­ber mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have joined to seek pos­si­ble solutions with one op­tion be­ing the sale of the ex­ist­ing sewer sys­tem.

Coun­cil voted unan­i­mously in sup­port of the res­o­lu­tion ask­ing for Len­nex to step down, which will be com­mu­ni­cated to the au­thor­ity board and the mem­ber mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

On a brighter note,

Henry read a procla­ma­tion hon­or­ing Ox­ford na­tive, Dr. Lester Lewis, in recog­ni­tion of his con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity.

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