Neighbors, MISD Speak Out On Ordinance To Ban Parking Around Elementary School 4/23/13
CBS 7 News
April 23, 2013
MIDLAND-A controversial city ordinance could keep you from parking on a public street and it was one vote away from becoming a reality.
MISD says 40 percent of parents park their cars and walk their young children to school and with a growing school, it's just one of the reasons why one neighborhood is asking for a change.
People who live near the school say pickup and drop-off traffic is out of control. They say drivers are downright nasty--blocking their driveways, even throwing lit cigarette butts in their yards.
"Resident have problems with people blocking our driveways and we have a problem with lit cigarettes being thrown on our yards,” said Mark Torrance during today’s council meeting.
The council came up with a solution -- limit street parking around the school to residents, making them pay for a parking permit and towing or fining drivers who park on the street during the school day. It passed one reading -- but the superintendent and parents spoke out against the ordinance.
"We shouldn't have to pay for parking to park in front of our homes. The street is legal,” said Dawn Hobbs, who lives nearby and has a child in the school. “I'm allowed to park anywhere on the street as long as I am not blocking a driveway.”
You can see the problem first-hand with cars parked in front of Henderson, The Superintendent says they are worried the measure could put kids in harms wa."
"I do see this as a safety issue--because if parents do have to walk outside of the area -- you see a longer distance now for the little ones,” said MISD Superintendent Ryder Warren.
The ordinance was tabled until the July 23rd council meeting -- so that MISD and the community can meet to discuss potential solutions to the problems.
Another concern of the superintendent is what this would mean for the other schools in the district if parents can't park -- it could mean more cars queuing up in the road across the city.