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November 13, 2013

Ordinance amended regarding No Parking on Memphis Avenue

Erinn Callahan
The Port Arthur News

NEDERLAND — The Nederland City Council unanimously approved an amendment to an ordinance that established a no-parking zone on a residential street at this week’s meeting.

An amendment to Ordinance No. 107 established a no-parking zone that extends 302 feet from the 27th Street right-of-way on the south lane and 630 feet on the north lane. The amendment also created a no-parking zone on the east side of North 27th Street, extending 40 feet south from the Memphis Avenue right-of-way. This change, Duque said, addresses a sight obstruction when people park too close to the intersection.

The existing ordinance, approved in 2007, provided a no-parking zone on both the south and north side of Memphis Avenue, beginning at the intersection at 27th Street and continuing to the intersection at 23rd Street, from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. At the time, the neighborhood wanted the no parking designation to remedy parking problems created by youth sports leagues practicing or playing at the adjacent C.O. Wilson Middle School, Nederland City Manager Chris Duque said.

However, after receiving a traffic citation for parking on the street in front of her home, Memphis Avenue resident Tresa Fenn organized a petition to remove the signs from the south side of the street.

“My only way out was to petition or there would be more residents ticketed,” Fenn said. “It was all or none, or no more tickets.”

Fenn obtained 15 signatures on her petition, which she brought before the council at the Oct. 14 meeting. Several residents voiced their concerns about the signs — some who wanted to remove the signs; others who wanted to keep them.

On Oct. 30, Duque and Assistant Police Chief Gary Porter met with Fenn and several other residents to seek a resolution to the problem.

Eventually, the two sides reached the proposed compromise, Duque said, and the police department was comfortable with the revisions. The public works department drafted new maps, and the amended ordinance will take effect immediately after it is published in the local newspaper.

“I think this entire issue best represents citizens becoming involved in their government,” Duque said.

Fenn said she is pleased with the amendment, along with the other residents who live at the same end of Memphis Avenue.

“As we never had problems with traffic — we are too far down — we did not want the signs back when they were put up,” she said. “With this amendment, nothing really changes at the front part of Memphis, where it should have been all along. With a portion of 27th Street being a no-parking zone now, I

feel it’s a win-win.”

Email: ecallahan@panews.com

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