Williamstown Council hears about parking issue

WILLIAMSTOWN – The City of Williamstown is taking steps to better control parking along Snodgrass Lane.

During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Public Works Director Alan Gates told council “no parking” signs had been recently posted along Snodgrass.

Council had received complaints from people in the neighborhood that cars are being parked along both sides of the street on Sundays presumably for a nearby church. The parked cars are blocking driveways and residents can’t get out.

“On Sunday morning, people park along both sides,” Mayor Jean Ford said. “People can’t get out of their driveways.”

Also with cars parked along both sides, the lane is so narrow other vehicles, including city, police, fire and emergency vehicles, cannot get through.

“It is doubled-rowed there and you can’t get through,” Ford said.

Gates said he went with Williamstown Police Chief B.D. Adkins to look at the area in question on a Sunday to view the situation. The chief instructed him to place the signs.

This summer, the city is planning to paint the curbs yellow on one side of the road indicating that no parking is allowed there, the mayor said.

“For the time being, we have the signs up,” Ford said.

Councilman Gene Duncan said the city should issue warning citations to cars continuing to park there in the short term.

“I doubt they will see or notice the signs,” he said.

In other business:

– Council accepted a sole bid and awarded a mowing contract to Wasco Inc. for mowing on city properties over the summer for $866. It was the same rate the city had been paying so the city awarded the contract to it again.

– Hydrants in the city will be flushed April 28 to May 9

– Street sweeping will start May 12 and will be done for about two weeks. Ford said the city needs to alert residents to make sure cars are off the streets so the sweepers can do their jobs.

– Council approved the reappointment of Jeff DePuy and Charlie Meyers to the sanitary board.