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Lehighton will try 'voluntary' odd-even snow parking

Published November 22. 2011 05:01PM

Lehighton Borough Council said last night it will try some "voluntary" measures for parking during snowstorms.

It will post signs seeking voluntary odd-even parking if four inches or more of snow is predicted. No tickets will be issued for those who don't comply, but police Sergeant Joseph Lawrence said it will help the borough work crew do a better job of clearing snow from the streets if cars are moved.

The council unanimously approved the measure.

Lawrence said in years past, there was odd-even parking only on snow emergency routes. He said the measure this year is borough-wide.

He said the suggestion for voluntary odd-even parking was reached in a committee meeting involving police and borough workers.

The council said police will be keeping a watch on alleys to assure cars aren't blocking them when plowing needs to be done.

Mayor Donald Rehrig said a problem exists with people parking in alleys, making it difficult not only for plowing but for emergency vehicles to get through if needed.

"We have houses in alleys and people park in front of the house, which block alleys," he said.

It was suggested that an ordinance be passed banning winter parking in specified alleys, but Lawrence said police will keep an eye on the situation and "we will deal with it."

"There are a lot of houses in alleys," said Council President Grant Hunsicker.

Melissa Wagner, a member of council responded, "They shouldn't be blocking alleys."

In another matter involving seasonal actions, the council said the borough will soon be winding up its collection of leaves.

Council member Dale Traupman said leaves should not be piled in areas where curbs are painted yellow. Instead, they should be piled in parking spaces.

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