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Struthers to consider city wide parking ban

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STRUTHERS, Ohio -

What was once a seasonal sight may be continued throughout the year in Struthers.

Year around parking bans are now being considered within the city. 

"We thought that we would come up with a uniform ordinance, city-wide, to control us putting signs up and taking them down," said Councilman-at-Large Michael Patrick. 

Patrick says council began looking at the potential ban over a year ago after the city received several complaints, including one in September where a school bus side swiped a parked car on Runge Avenue. 

"It's the people that park everyday of their lives on the street when they have ample parking in their driveway," Patrick said.

Some possible exceptions to the ban would be homes with no driveways, driveways with one spot or limited parking, or those visiting family or friends for a short period of time.

While the ban idea is only in its infancy, council has thrown around the idea of residents paying a small yearly fee to park on the street. Those we spoke to in Struthers have mixed feelings about the potential ban.

One Struthers resident was for the ban. "It's just dangerous. You know a lot of people park close to the stop signs too, and you have to go around them and it's hazardous." 

Another Struthers resident fears it may be inconvenient. "I would say it would be very inconvenient because what if there was no other available parking spaces and you have to park on the side of the road."

Before this becomes an ordinance, the city of Struthers wants to hear resident’s opinions. They'll have three public hearings the first of which coming on December 7th at 6:00 p.m. at city hall. 

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