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School construction causing parking problems in Waynesboro neighborhood

May 12, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council plans to again approach the local school district about parking problems associated with ongoing construction at Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

Students have turned to area roads for parking, since they lost their traditional lot due to renovations and expansion in the 2007-08 school year. Their vehicles line Enterprise Avenue, Virginia Avenue, East Second Street and Myrtle Avenue on any given day.

Three households on Myrtle Avenue now have yellow paint on the sidewalk extending from both sides of their driveways. The first request for paint came from Nancy Funk, who had an accident that she blamed on student vehicles obstructing her view.

Last week, Mayor Richard Starliper questioned Councilman Ronnie Martin about why the other two houses were painted without the approval of council as a whole.

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"I will not sit back idly waiting for a council (vote) when I can take care of it with two gallons of paint," Martin said.

Martin, who oversees the council's street committee, said the borough has received letters from residents "all but threatening lawsuits." He asked the council to approve "no parking" signs for the former Watson Stoner residence.

"I personally don't like all these blasted signs ... but it's what we've got to do for now," Councilman C. Harold Mumma said.

"The school, unfortunately, did not plan very well for the student parking," Martin said.

Martin received the blessing of his colleagues to approach Waynesboro Area School District officials about their parking plans for the coming school year.

"It's unfair for the kids, too," he said.

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