West U council to tackle sidewalk parking, she-wolf on Monday
Is West University’s selective enforcement of corner-lot sidewalk parking in violation of state and federal law? City Attorney Alan Petrov is expected to issue his opinion Monday during a meeting of the City Council at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 3800 University Blvd.
The matter was put on the agenda at the last meeting by Councilmember Brennan Reilly (backed by Mayor Pro Tem Bob Kelly), who said he believes the city may be violating Texas parking statutes and provisions of the federal Americans With Disabilities Act by still permitting some sidewalk parking on corner residential lots with short driveways.
Also being discussed is fence height and variances on restrictions for decorative items – brought to the table by Reilly and Kelly, as well.
At issue is a four-foot she-wolf sculpture mounted on the fence of a home at 3304 Sunset Blvd. that the owners installed despite having their variance to exceed height limits denied by the Building Standards Commission last November.
The sculpture is a reproduction of the of the pre-15th century “Capitoline Wolf,” a she-wolf suckling twin human infants.
The homeowner has been issued a $500 citation once for the violation, although the city could legally issue one each day.
Reilly suggested that the council might want to re-evaluate the height restrictions and make recommendations to the Building Standards and Zoning & Planning commissions.