Patrons of a popular pizza place will have to plan their stops after the Town Council, at its Jan. 7 meeting, voted to restrict parking on both sides of South Avenue near the Blue House Restaurant.
The issue of parking on South Avenue surfaced this past fall, when abutters expressed concern about motorists, in particular pizza customers, parking on both sides of the road. “South Avenue is fairly narrow,” Public Works Director Mike Fowler, who presented the resolution, explained. “When people park and use businesses, it cuts the road down.”
Public Works proposed a restriction on parking on both sides of South Avenue, from the intersection with Birch Street west, for 125 feet on both sides.
The Highway Safety Committee discussed the issue at both its October and November meetings and unanimously recommended the parking restriction. In the October meeting, attorney Brian Germaine, who owns the building on the opposite corner from the Blue House, said the lack of parking at the restaurant often forced customers to park in the street or on his property.
Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores asked, “Are trucks the main problem? Can you prohibit them?”
Fowler said there was a problem with the turning radius for trucks, which often struck a retaining wall, but Public Works had repaired the wall. As for restrictions, he said, that would require an engineering study.
The main problem is cars, Fowler said when they’re parked on both sides of the street, it makes it difficult for school buses and other large vehicles to go through.
There will still be parking allowed on Birch Street, Fowler said.
The Council unanimously approved the amendment to the traffic code.