Mayor has plan for Manchester Avenue parking

August 08, 1994|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer

Parking problems that prompted a petition to make part of Westminster's Manchester Avenue one way may be resolved with a proposal that Mayor W. Benjamin Brown says will benefit the city, Westminster Cemetery Co. and the residents.

At the City Council meeting tonight, Mr. Brown plans to outline a possible agreement that would reopen cemetery property adjoining Manchester Avenue to resident parking.

The council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

A public hearing July 11 on a petition to make Manchester Avenue one way northbound from Main Street to Buena Vista Drive drew an overflow crowd to the council chambers. Most speakers opposed the one-way proposal, but many expressed sympathy for residents who have no off-street parking.

Manchester Avenue residents Steve Crouse and Hilary Byrne circulated the petition after the cemetery's governing board barred them from parking on cemetery property along the street. Mr. Crouse said he was concerned about parking and safety, and believed that making part of the street one way would reduce the volume of traffic.

The proposed agreement was worked out by Mr. Brown, city Public Works Director Thomas B. Beyard, cemetery board President George A. Billingslea and board member Carroll Dell.

Major points include:

* The cemetery board will give the city a right of way for a future turn lane from Ralph Street onto Greenwood Avenue. The city will share the cost of a fence on the Ralph Street side.

* The board will give the city a right of way on Manchester Avenue. The city will install a curb and paving to reduce flooding during storms.

* The board will allow residents to resume parking on its property along Manchester Avenue as a goodwill gesture.

Mr. Billingslea said the city government's pledge to install the curb and paving to reduce storm damage is critical to the agreement. "If that doesn't fly, there will be no parking there," he said.

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