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Residents turn out for overflow parking debate in Waynesboro

August 07, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - More than a dozen residents of Myrtle Avenue and surrounding streets turned out for Wednesday's Waynesboro Borough Council meeting to talk about overflow high school student parking.

The majority supported the students' situation in light of ongoing construction that has limited their parking on Waynesboro Area Senior High School grounds. The patience shown for the parking issues led the council to drastically scale back its plans to restrict parking around the school.

Ultimately, the council agreed to make just one change to current parking standards. The west side of Myrtle Avenue will be permit parking only from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays between Second and Third streets.

"I had three cars hit, but I can live with the current situation without change," said Bill Spigler, who presented the council with a neighborhood petition.

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Nancy Funk, who said she spent $4,400 when her car was hit, was one resident to push for restrictions. She said she cannot tolerate the parking that blocks the view from her driveway. Council already painted lines around her driveway and installed signs.

"I still can't see coming out of my driveway. ... I think this is horrible," said Funk, who lives in one of the houses affected by the new restriction.

Representatives of the school district said students will be educated about respecting neighborhood properties. They also said 100 additional spaces will be in the school lot as construction nears completion.

In other business, the council learned that a new traffic light at the intersection of Pa. 16 and Northeast Avenue will not be part of the pending Center Square/traffic light synchronization project. That $2 million project might be sent out for bids on Aug. 28, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

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