Letter to the Editor - Problem on Piaget
While I am all for renovations and improvements, I have to wonder if sometimes when trying to reach the goal, there is an oversight. Even though the zoning board meets to discuss ways of improvement, does anyone look at the possible pitfalls that may already exist? It is said that a vote was taken, however, the residents of the actual street had no idea until signs began to appear creating new violations. Where is a person to safely park when coming home from work after 11 in the evening and not having access to use a driveway?
With that said, I would like to draw your attention to the new parking ordinance enacted on Piaget Avenue. On the approach to a busy intersection where there is an auto repair shop and BSM Accounting firm, two parking spaces just before the auto shop have recently been deemed a no parking zone. In addition, just a few feet further another space has been deemed a handicapped space. When asked why the newly enforced no parking exists, it was noted that a recent vote to expand travel lanes on Piaget Avenue had been approved.
Yet, I have to wonder...has anyone come out to evaluate this street between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. between Monday through Friday? Does anyone who made the decision live on this street? The reason I ask this is because as a resident, I am just one of many feeling the impact of such a decision. Sure, while in the process of evaluation it was noted that many of the houses have driveways. Yet, the majority of the driveways have a one-way entrance and exit.
Therefore, if you now choose to make a parking lane for travel, that brings the traffic closer to the driveway entrances. As a result, it becomes even more difficult for residents to access or leave the premises. Meanwhile, while making such decisions, nothing is being done to slow down vehicles speeding through Piaget Avenue. As a result, the accidents involving residential parked vehicles continue to add up.
In conclusion, it is my opinion that in evaluating road expansions, the effect it will have on the neighboring residents should be a factor. Furthermore, the damage to parked vehicles during the overnight hours is something that desperately needs to be addressed.
- Jerry Clark, Middle Village