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Little League parking draws criticism

April 14, 2004|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WILLIAMSPORT - Residents on West Sunset Avenue, who live across from a ballfield, blasted the town Monday for allowing Conococheague Little League parking to clog their dead-end street.

After about 45 minutes of heated debate, the Town Council and the residents agreed to put out an orange cone near the end of the road, with a sign directing people to park elsewhere.

Residents Edy and Mike Wathen said they wanted the town to keep Little League spectators from parking on their street, which is short and narrow.

Town officials said they could either prohibit everyone, including residents, from parking there or limit the hours, but couldn't limit parking to residents because it's a public street.

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Every resident in town would want a similar arrangement, Councilman Monty R. Jones said.

The Wathens and Ron and Mary Myers, who live behind the Wathens, said their vehicles have been dented, presumably by stray batted balls.

The league has not received any claims of balls damaging spectators' vehicles, Walter Williams, the league president, said. Families participating in the league are ineligible for claims because they agreed to assume a risk by parking near the field, Williams said.

"I'll put up a giant sign in my yard," Edy Wathen said.

Finally, town resident James T. Jewell suggested that fire police direct traffic away from the dead end.

His idea was amended to having Little League volunteers put up a cone with a sign, as a start.

Williams said he would instruct volunteers on the new procedure, but added, "I'm not gonna guarantee it gets done. I can't."

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