MEDINA — City safety officials are banning parking on Guilford Boulevard.
“No Parking” signs were posted on the street after the city’s Traffic Safety Committee voted unanimously Nov. 2 to enforce the ban. Parking previously was permitted on some sections of the road, a main artery to the city’s southeastern residential neighborhoods.
“Really, the decision was based on the volume of cars traveling through there because it is a main feeder street to that entire residential area,” said Mayor Dennis Hanwell, who also serves as the city’s safety director.
Ward 3 Councilman Mark Kolesar said he received complaints from several residents about congestion caused by cars parked on the street, which led to him bringing the issue to the committee.
“Guilford is a collector street, and many neighborhoods depend on that stretch of road,” he said. “Over the years, I’ve gotten complaints here and there, but over the last year it’s really increased.”
Traffic statistics provided by the Police Department influenced the decision to ban parking, according to a department statement. In 2009 and most of 2010, 32 accidents, 34 parking offenses, 17 parking citations and 245 traffic offenses were reported on the street, the department reported.
The Police Department will issue warning citations for vehicles parked illegally on Guilford Boulevard for the next 60 days, unless it is a second occurrence, in which case a citation will be issued.
The Traffic Safety Committee is made up of the mayor, city engineer, streets superintendent, law director, and fire and police chiefs.
Service Director Nino Piccoli said the committee also was concerned safety service vehicles could not maneuver the narrow street.
Kolesar said he has received a few complaints from residents about the change. Some suggested limiting the ban to busy hours, but the amount of traffic in the morning and afternoon to and from Heritage Elementary School, as well as that caused by evening commuters, led to officials deciding against the idea.
“There were comments suggesting limiting the ban to a couple of hours of the day, but … the window of parking was so narrow we felt there should be no parking altogether,” he said.
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