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Fairland Drive residents are parking on both sides of the street, and that has some of them concerned about the safety of children in the neighborhood.

Sunbury Village Council member Dave Miller lives in the Fairland Drive area and has said the village ordinance restricting on-street parking, especially during snow emergencies, needs strengthening as a safety precaution.

A Fairland Drive resident was in chambers during last Wednesday’s village council meeting to express his concerns about on-street parking. He said there’s no reason for on-street parking along Fairland Drive because every home has a two-car garage and a four-car driveway.

“Fairland Drive is unique,” he said. “It’s a normal residential street between two schools and gets an enormous amount of traffic; it was never meant to be a thoroughfare. That leaves us with several options: ban overnight parking; ban parking when there’s more than two inches of snow; ban all on street parking during the school year; or ban on street parking from Dec. 1 to March 31. That last option does not put residents or Village officials in the weather monitoring business.”

Miller said an ordinance with more teeth that restricts on-street parking during snow emergencies is needed throughout the Village.

“This is not just about Fairland Drive,” Miller said. “We have children on every street in the village.”

Currently, parking is restricted on the west side of Vernon Street from North Street to Harrison Street (west side of the road only) during snow emergencies. Parking is also prohibited on cul-de-sac areas on Winnow Court, Leestone Court, Nielson Court, Clifden Court, Millstone Court, Windmill Court, Heartland Meadows Court, Mistletow Court and Hawthorne Court East during snow emergencies.

Any motor vehicle that is parked in an area designated for no parking during a snow emergency can be towed by the Sunbury Police Department.

Parking is prohibited at all times on Hill Street from Letts Avenue to Baughman Street and on the east side of East Street from Letts Avenue to Baughman Street.

Once again, trees became a topic of discussion at the council meeting.

Village administrator Dave Martin reported that a dead tree behind 78 E. Cherry Street dropped a limb through the garage roof on a neighboring property.

“We have an ordinance that allows us to send a letter to a resident if a tree on private property is causing a risk to life or property,” Martin said. “It would give the owner an opportunity to remove the dead tree or we would do it and assess the property owner’s taxes.”

Martin asked council members for permission to send a letter to the owner of the property with the dead tree, adding that the tree had been dead for at least two years. He said 60 days after the property owner is notified, the Village would have the authority to remove the tree.

Asked why the Village had to wait 60 days if the tree was a threat to life and property, Village solicitor David Brehm said the ordinance requires notification.

“It says 60 days in the ordinance,” Brehm said. “If this were a problem on public property it would be different. For the Village to get involved on private property – and we would rather not – we need to give them time to clean it up themselves.”

In other business, council members approved spending up to $8,300 for stripping crosswalks and intersection stop bars and turn arrows before school starts. The council also approved spending $5,800 for Adams Tree Service to remove five diseased Ash trees from Sunbury Village Square.

Sunbury Village Council meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m., third floor council chambers in Sunbury Town Hall. Council committees meet one hour before regularly scheduled council sessions. All Village council and council committee meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit www.sunburyvillage.com.

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