Belpre Council hears about parking issues

BELPRE – City council was told Monday of issues with city streets that could be fixed through parking allotment and traffic pattern changes.

“I think there are a lot of streets around Belpre that we need to look at for safety reasons,” said city code enforcement officer Leonard Wiggins.

Wiggins said there are streets where parking is allowed on both sides, but the space available for traffic is not wide enough for fire trucks or other safety vehicles.

“I’m afraid middle of the night, 2 o’clock in the morning, (there is a) structure fire with a family trapped inside and we cannot get a fire truck down the street because the available traffic lane isn’t wide enough for the fire truck,” said Wiggins, who is also a volunteer firefighter.

He said the city has ordinances on the books for parking on curbed streets, but there is nothing that states allowed items on uncurbed streets.

“There is nothing in black and white that states what is illegal,” Wiggins added. He said many uncurbed streets have large vehicles, unworking vehicles and other items illegal on curbed streets, parked on them.

The Streets, Sidewalks and Storm Sewers committee of council will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the issues.

Council passed the second reading of the resolution to extend the city’s contract with the O’Neill Center for the management of the Belpre Senior Center.

The new contract will include that the money from renting the facility for parties and groups will go to the city and not the O’Neill Center as well as an increase in the fee paid to the O’Neill Center for its management is increased by $2,550 for a total of $43,350.