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Village officials look to correct parking problems

By Briana Barker Reporter Published: May 3, 2017 12:00 AM

NORTHFIELD VILLAGE Village officials examined various parking problems throughout the village during a work session and regular Council meeting April 26.

Service Director Jason Walters said Magnolia Avenue is overrun with vehicles parking in the grass and recommended Council approve $45,000 be spent to build curbs along the road to deter the problem.

"I have taken many complaints as far as people pulling off the side of the road parking in the grass," Walters said. "I have had it pointed out to me that Magnolia doesn't have curbs but Heights (Avenue) does and Summit (Avenue)."

He said many yards are being ruined because of it.

Walters explained the road was rebuilt in 1992 and was supposed to have included curbs at the time but the contractor was going bankrupt and not finishing the job. As a result, he explained, the village had to pull the bond and finish the project. He said back then the service department was much larger and had asphalt equipment and were to do the curbing themselves but it never happened. He added when Magnolia and Heights Avenues were paved in the fall of 2015, the village did not have money for curbs at the time.

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Walters said he obtained three quotes from various contractors and believes the project would cost around $45,000. He said the curbs would be 6-inch asphalt curbs right on the edge of the road.

"You put a tack down, put the curb on top, then back it with soil," Walters said. "That's my suggestion.

"It would solve a lot of issues, the street would be done, we'd have curbing. One thing about Northfield Village we take care of our roads, we don't assess our residents, we don't put the cost back at them -- we absorb the full cost of doing our roadwork, which doesn't happen in every community."

Finance Director Tricia Ingrassia said the village can afford to do the project but the money would again affect the amount of savings Council tried to set aside during the 2017 budget. Council has cut into the cost once to upgrade the presidential road project from a mill-and-fill to recycled pavement, adding $300,000 of cost to the project, at least $50,000 of which will come from the funds set aside for "savings."

Ingrassia added however, the village is receiving unexpected state tax funds that "won't completely offset the cost," but will make the impact on savings minimal.

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Council unanimously passed a motion to complete the work which is expected to begin in June.

Fees for parking violations may increase

Parking violations will cost offenders more money soon as Council looks to pass an ordinance increasing the fees for most parking offenses.

On the recommendation of Officer in Charge John Zolgus, Council unanimously agreed during the work session to increase fees for parking tickets from $10 and $25 to $25 for most parking violations except marked space violations, which is when a vehicle is parked outside the lines designating parking spaces. Those fees will remain $10. If a vehicle is parked on the street during a snow emergency, tickets will now cost $50 while fire lane/hydrant violations will cost violators $75.

Councilor Jenn Domzalaski said she would have preferred to see the snow ban violations upped to $75 but Councilor Alan Hipps disagreed.

"You could be parked on a street and then be out of the area when the snow occurs," Hipps said. "With a fire hydrant or fire lane you are knowingly parking there."

While the ordinance was left on second reading in order for Law Director Brad Bryan to amend the ordinance, Council as a whole seemed in favor of the changes and will likely vote on the measure at its next scheduled meeting May 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Also related to parking, Council passed legislation to ban cutting through parking lots in the village. Bryan said the original ordinance only referred to Village Hall and needed to be amended to encompass all parking lots in the village.

Briana Barker: 330-541-9432

bbarker@recordpub.com


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