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Changes Ahead for Street Parking Near Greendale High School

Congestion on village streets around GHS causing safety concerns.

Student parking on village streets near is causing street congestion and safety concerns for local residents and municipal workers.

That is according to a memo given to the by G Chief Robert Malasuk and brought before the board at its January 17 meeting.

Malasuk says the issue stems from students parking on nearby village streets rather than paying an annual fee of $160 for a permit to park their cars in the high school lot.

He said one of the main areas of concern is on Catalpa Street near Jaycee Park. During school hours, cars parked on both sides of the street have prevented emergency vehicles and municipal vehicles such as garbage trucks from accessing the street. He said the congestion also causes hazards to local and pedestrian traffic.

The police chief says his department has been working with high school administrators to communicate the problem to student drivers. He said this helps for a while, but that the problem usually resurfaces after a short time.

Other area streets affected include Downing Street, Darnell Lane, Dobson Court, Dryden Court, Dorchester Lane and Sherwood Road.

Malasuk says five or six years ago the village established 2-hour parking restrictions on some of the streets. The new proposal would add additional signage and restrictions on where vehicles could be parked during the regular school day. The new ordinance would:

  • create 2-hour parking zoned during regular school hours on the east and west curbs of Downing Street.
  • expand the 2-hour parking zoned during regular school hours on the south curb of Catalpa Street from Southway all the way to Broad Street. (Currently it is only from Southway to Daffodil Lane). 
  • create 2-hour zoned parking during regular school hours on both the north and south curbs of Darnell Lane, Dobson Court, Dorchester Lane, Sherwood Road and Dryden Court.

Violation of the parking ordinance will continue to carry a $30 forfeiture.

The police chief says if the Village Board adopts the amended parking rules, he would work with the high school to educate the students about the changes and would encourage officers to promote an educational period before fully enforcing the ordinance.

Village Trustee Ron Barbian expressed concern that students may be choosing to park on the streets because they can't afford the parking permits and that further restricting parking on nearby village streets may just push them to park farther away on other non-restricted streets. 

The Board voted to refer the matter to the Greendale Public Welfare, Health and Safety Committee.

Carol January 19, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I personally think $160 to park in the high school lot is alot of money.Maybe if that was lowered , it would eliminate the off campus parking. Face it, kids don't walk any more, and they all seem to have cars, but I"'m sure the parents are the ones who are paying this fee.
CowDung January 19, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I would think that the 2 hour time limits on parking would take care of the issue of students parking off campus...
Carol January 19, 2012 at 04:50 PM
They can't leave school to move their cars. Besides, don't our taxes cover parking in the school lot? I don't have kids in school anymore, but just feel that this fee is unfair.
CowDung January 19, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Exactly--the can't move their cars during school, so they either need to park in the lot (and pay the money) or find a different way to get to school. What's so unfair about having the parking fee? I don't see the parking fee as being much different than having meters in the street, and driving to school is more of a privilege than a necessity.
Carol January 19, 2012 at 06:47 PM
what would you think if you had to pay to park there or in the Village parking lots?? Give the kids a break.
CowDung January 19, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I would think that parking is too expensive and choose to not drive to school. I don't see why this is such a big issue.
JustMe January 20, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Today's kids don't walk anywhere because they've been carted around all their lives.
Judy Fons January 23, 2012 at 03:43 PM
If you can afford to drive, fill up the tank, pay the insurance, don't want to walk or take the school bus, then plan to pay the parking fee. Divide the amt you pay by the number of days you park and then make your decision.
AB January 25, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Getting to school if you're an open enrollment student is difficult if you don't drive. Also, many kids have jobs they need to get to immediately after school. $85.00 is a huge sum of money for some students to come up with twice a year. I think if they made that amount more manageable for students, say payments of $20.00 per month, or $5.00 per week, we wouldn't see as much street parking. Also, maybe they could incorporate the lot by the sheds as "discount parking", where the fee would be 1/2 as much. In addition, maybe try a "daily rate" area, because some students only take the car every once in awhile. Changing the ordinance and putting up parking signs = money from taxpayers and really won't solve the issue of why the students are parking on the streets.

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