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Traffic concerns discussed in Clear Spring

June 15, 2004|By MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - On the subject of ordinances governing what residents can and cannot do within the town limits, questions came up at Monday night's Town Council meeting about unlicensed vehicles, oversized vehicles jeopardizing safe turning onto busy streets and whether some town streets should be one-way.

Don Reed, who lives at 16 Cumberland St., said two-way travel on the stretch of Hawbaker Circle near his home is nearly impossible now that a fence has been erected between the street and the nearby elementary school.

"I've had to back out onto U.S. 40 when I met a vehicle coming the other way and nearly got hit a few times," Reed said.

Mayor Paul Hose Jr. said he would check with the school to see if the fence could be moved to widen the street before taking any action on making it one-way.

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Reed said there have been times when trucks larger than pickups have parked on the street, making it impossible to turn safely onto eastbound U.S. 40 from Hawbaker Circle.

Town Clerk Juanita Grimm read a 1984 ordinance that makes it illegal for any vehicle larger than a pickup truck to park on any town street.

A revised ordinance governing unlicensed vehicles parked all around town is being drafted by the town's attorney and should be ready for action at a future town meeting, Grimm said.

- Marlo Barnhart

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