Phoenixville mayor explains veto of parking rules

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at the regularly scheduled borough council meeting, the council voted to approve an ordinance amending chapter 15 “Motor Vehicles and Traffic, part 4, General Parking Regulations, Section 15-406 Handicapped Parking Zones, and Section 15-411, Parking Prohibited on Portions of Certain Highways During Street Sweeping Hours from March 1 to December 31,” of the Code of Ordinances of the Borough of Phoenixville.

Upon review of the ordinance and the expressed concerns of the residents I have decided to exercise a veto on this ordinance in its present form. This authority is granted to the mayor under section 3301.3 of the Borough Code; Act 37 of 2014/Title 8 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.

My objection is specific to Section 15-411 Section 2B of the ordinance: “Parking Prohibited on Portions of Certain Highways during Street Sweeping Hours from March 1 to December 31.” It is my opinion that many of the residents who reside on High Street and the surrounding area who regularly park on the area of High Street where the ordinance is to take effect will be adversely affected if this ordinance is approved. To require hundreds of vehicles to be moved from both sides of High Street at the same time will create an unnecessary and harsh burden on our residents.

We are all familiar with the complexities of parking throughout our borough. Perhaps a strategy to consider would be to sweep the defined area in the ordinance by which the borough could alternate the sides of the street to be cleaned on different designated days. If council were to adopt this approach for the ordinance the burden to our residents would be reduced and it would make it much easier for the residents to comply with the ordinance.

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I have no objection to Section 15-406 “Handicapped Parking Zone” as incorporated into the ordinance.

MICHAEL J. SPECK

Mayor, Borough of Phoenixville