Concerns about parking at Ace Hardware along Colfax Street were among the topics at the City of Warsaw Traffic Safety Commission meeting Wednesday afternoon.
The commission was in favor of eliminating parking on the east side of Colfax Street to an appropriate point north of the parking lot entrance to Ace Hardware. Commission chairman Lt. Kip Shuter will speak with officials at Ace Hardware concerning a different type of traffic circulation in the parking lot and the possibility of making the south entrance/exit an entrance only. He will also speak with James and Diane Gast regarding their usage of parking in front of their home.
The Gasts expressed concern about the ease with which traffic flows due to vehicles parked along the street. A review of the street’s width showed parking on both sides provides narrow passage of vehicles.
In other matters, the commission tabled any recommendation on parking solutions along Lake Street at the Mutual Bank ingress/egress. The area is currently angle parking with no time limit on the parking. Concerns centered around the dangers when exiting the lot due to the angle parking. Emails noting several “close calls” were provided.
Questions were raised if the angled spaces met the angle parking requirements. Shuter and Jeremy Skinner, planner, will measure the parking spaces to see if the required standards are met. A possible solution is to make that area parallel parking, but up to three parking spaces could be lost.
Several commission members noted similar problems exiting parking lots are common throughout the city. “If you do it for one, you have to do it for the other,” was a statement made.
The commission gave its approval to take a contract to regulate traffic with Canterbury House Apartments, Warsaw, LP, to the board of works for approval. The contract would allow the town to enforce traffic regulations.
Shuter reported the no parking areas in the 300 block of East Main Street, the north side of the library, and in the 100 block of South High Street have been repainted. An updated map of parking areas in town was also presented.
Concern was also expressed on semitractors using Buffalo or Market streets as truck routes. It was noted Google Maps and other directional programs are still showing those as truck routes. Attempts to have mapping companies revamp their maps will be made.