Last Chance to Comment about On-Street Parking: Town Hall Meetings Today at 3 p.m., 6 p.m.

April 12, 2012

The West U City Council will hold its last two town hall meetings today at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to hear from residents about on-street parking issues.

While nothing is being proposed, the council wants to hear from residents about their concerns and suggestions for improving or changing on-street parking regulations.

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“We’re here to listen,” City Manager Michael Ross told InstantNewsWestU. “That’s the primary reason.”

Residents wishing to speak will be given three minutes each to voice their opinion about on-street parking.

Of the 24 residents who spoke on Monday, some said they were in favor of banning parking, looking at parking on a case by case basis, prohibiting overnight parking and a permitting process, while others said the council shouldn’t be regulating how residents use their driveways and that the police should just “do their job” and enforce existing laws.

One resident said he was struck by a car backing out of his driveway on Community, one resident said she was blocked in her driveway and had to drive over her lawn on Byron to get out into the street, while another said she’s had the fire department ring her bell asking to move cars off the street.

Mayor Bob Fry told the news organization that parking problems were the issue that came up more than any other when the council members were block walking for the May 2011 election.

Re-evaluating on-street parking and parking across sidewalks is one of council’s 2011-2013 goals.

Ross said the council will have a discussion after the town hall meetings to determine if anything needs to be done.

The council will meet with residents today at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The meetings will be held at the Community Center, 6104 Auden, and residents are encouraged to attend.

Residents who cannot attend the town hall meetings are asked to send the city their thoughts by e-mail to streetparking@westutx.gov.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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