Van Buren approves parking ordinance for city streets
The Van Buren City Council has approved a parking ordinance for certain streets in Van Buren. This plan has been in the works since August, and has finally been approved.
Van Buren Planning Director Wally Bailey said in a previous report that the police and fire departments have had trouble with their vehicles on streets that had become too narrow due to parking.
This particular ordinance is an amendment to an ordinance from 1972 adding a new list of streets to the previous list from that year. A planning commission meeting was held for the public where the restrictions for certain streets were discussed.
The ordinance states that parking on certain streets within the city of Van Buren poses a danger to vehicles utilizing the roadway and impedes access for emergency personnel.
“The parking ordinance is necessary for our fire apparatus to safely and timely respond to emergencies,” said Fire Chief Tim Arnold. “The parking ordinance will not allow residents to park their vehicles on the street. This allows for a safer and more unobstructed response for our equipment.”
Arnold went on to say that the department has had delays responding on occasion when owners have parked vehicles on both sides of the street and the fire trucks could barely pass between the parked cars. Vehicles parked in the street in cul-de-sacs do not leave enough space for our fire trucks to make it through the circle without backing up to complete the revolution, he added.
The cul-de-sacs are designed to have enough space for the turning radius for fire department equipment but with vehicles parked on the streets it makes it more difficult to respond quickly and safely, he said.
Streets within this ordinance include all blocks of Alma Boulevard, Azure Hills, Fir Drive, Flat Rock Drive, Industrial Park Road, Legacy Boulevard, Rena Road, Vista Hills, North 11th Street, North 20th Street, North 28th Street, South 11th Street, South 28th Street, South 40th Street, and the access road.
Also included are All Cul-de-sacs within the city: Arkansas Street from Knox Street to Prospect Avenue; Breckenridge Drive From North 16th Street to Durango Drive; Durango Drive from Legacy Boulevard to Breckenridge Drive; North Hills Boulevard from Pointer Trail West to Deer Trail as well as Rena Road to Northridge Drive; Northridge Drive from Quarry Drive to Oliver Springs Road; Pevehouse Road from Rena Road to Sandstone Drive; Poplar Street from Arkansas Street to North 20th Street; Sandstone Drive from North Hills Boulevard to Pevehouse Road; as well as Sandstone East from Highway 59 to Legacy Drive. Finally, North Ninth Street from Mickibben Street to Pointer Trail East and North 16th Street from Pointer Trail to city limits.