Commission recommends parking changes

WEIRTON — Following months of debate, the Weirton Traffic Commission, on Thursday, formulated a recommendation to provide additional parking spaces on four blocks of West Street in the city’s downtown.

The issue has been before the commission since February, when it received comments from residents concerned over a lack of available parking.

On Thursday, Commission Chair Romie Castelli said he and Commissioner Dave Guglielmo had met earlier this month with representatives of CHANGE, Inc., as well as city officials, including Ward 2 Councilman Matt Provenzano, who has an office on West Street; City Manager Travis Blosser; and Public Works Director Rod Rosnick.

“We’ve reviewed this inside out, upside down,” Guglielmo said.

Rosnick, according to Castelli, took a look at the area in question, and forwarded a series of recommendations which could create some parking spaces in the area.

“He did a survey of the four blocks,” Castelli said.

In a report to the commission, Rosnick cautioned against attempting to create parking on the west side of West Street, noting difficulties in vehicular access and safety concerns. By eliminating some no parking zones on the east side of the street, he said an additional 13 parking spots could be created. This would create a total of 54 on-street parking spaces on the east side of West Street, between the 3000 and 3300 blocks.

In addition, Castelli said CHANGE, Inc. recently purchased a vacant lot near its office building with the intention of creating a new parking area.

Ward 4 Councilman George Ash noted any proposed ordinance would have to meet existing regulations when removing no parking areas.

“There are all sorts of general ordinances,” Ash said.

Both Ash and Provenzano were in attendance at Thursday’s meeting, and said they would support the recommendation. Neither sit on the commission.

The recommendation will be sent to Weirton Council, which must approve it through two readings of an ordinance.

Council will hold its next regular meeting on June 12.

In other business, the Traffic Commission denied a request from a resident to consider adding no parking areas on Brooke Street, claiming difficulty to travel in the area. Several members of the commission, though, said they had visited Brooke Street and saw no issue.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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