EAST PALESTINE — The logistics of implementing a parking ban in areas of the village during periods of snow was discussed among council on Monday.
Councilman Brett Todd asked about the status of the ban he suggested in January in response to street crews having difficulty with snow removal because of parked cars.
Council has appeared favorable to the idea but have concerns as to how it would affect residents whose only place to park is on the street.
During the Monday meeting council also wondered who would determine when a parking ban should take effect, and how residents would be informed.
Todd said that an announcement would likely be made on television, like other communities with snow parking bans.
Council clerk Misti Martin said that Salem and some other municipalities have automatic snow parking bans with signs placed in designated areas to let people know.
Todd said that ordering the necessary signs and installation could get costly. He suggested implementing a ban first to see how it goes, and later installing signs if needed.
Council also wondered where the parking ban would be enforced, although it was generally accepted that it would cover the main streets through town, and not alleyways.
Building and zoning inspector John Simon pointed out the village already has an ordinance that allows the village to impound vehicles that interfere with snow removal.
A decision was not made by council that evening.
In other business, council approved:
— A third and final reading to legislation implementing a $1 increase to daily pool admissions at the park, resulting in a new rate of $4 for students, seniors and active military and $5 for adults, as well as increasing pool party rates by $10 a month.
— A third and final reading of an encroachment agreement for 130 Concord Dr.
— A third and final reading of legislation amending the income tax code to fall in line with state changes.
— A motion to not hold a hearing for a liquor request notification from the state for the Original Roadhouse for D1, D2, D3 and D6 licenses at the restaurant on Main Street. Not holding a hearing means that council does not oppose the license request.
— A motion to waive community center rental fees for Dog Days.
— An executive session to discuss pending litigation. No action was taken.