Southeast Blvd. resident questions parking ban

SALEM – A Southeast Boulevard resident asked Salem City Council to look at why people can’t park on his street anymore.

Lewis Dowd spoke to council members Tuesday night and stressed that the decision regarding no parking should have been done by council, not one person.

City Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst announced last week that more no parking signs were being placed along Southeast Boulevard and that there was to be no parking on the street between State Street and Franklin Avenue. He said the problem area where vehicles have been parking was the section from Fairview to Park Avenue.

At the time, he said he wanted to make sure residents were made aware of the no parking rule because police were going to start enforcing the no parking on both sides of Southeast Boulevard.

“We’ve lived there since 1960 with no problem. I can’t understand this,” Dowd said.

During his report at the meeting, Kenst said the parking ban has always been there. He made the decision to install more signs with the recommendation of the new police chief and the street department.

Dowd said they’ve complained before about truck traffic and speeders on the street and now with the no parking, he said that could increase. Councilwoman Cyndi Baronzzi Dickey, who also lives on Southeast Boulevard, agreed with Dowd that more people may speed and more trucks will try to take that route since no parked vehicles will be in their way. She said they might want to bring the question to the Streets & Alleys Committee.

Councilman Brian Whitehill, who chairs the Traffic & Safety Committee, said he would be adding the Southeast Boulevard parking situation to his committee meeting agenda, set for 6 p.m. Thursday. Also on the agenda will be the intersection of Southeast Boulevard and Franklin Avenue and what can be done to increase safety, such as a flashing light.

Other upcoming meetings announced included an anti-graffiti group meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 in city hall council chambers and a Parks Committee meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 in city hall council chambers. A cruise meeting is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in council chambers. A special meeting of the city Utilities Commission is set for 3 p.m. March 5 to discuss pending legal matters, with an executive session possible, with no formal action to take place after the executive session. The meeting will be held in the utilities second floor conference room.

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