Handicapped Parking on Main St. Can Be Better, Resident Says
Butler Council will consider moving handicapped parking space closer to post office.
For those who are handicapped, the challenge is enhanced, which is why one resident, a member of the borough's senior citizen organization, wrote the Butler Council a letter to ask if a handicapped parking space could be created in front of the post office.
Butler Mayor Robert Alviene read aloud the letter at Tuesday's meeting. Currently, according to Borough Administrator Jim Lampmann, there are two handicapped parking spots on Main Street, neither particularly close to the post office. The resident requested that one of the spots be moved closer to the building for easier access.
Councilman Stephen Regis noted that creating one handicapped spot requires more space than a traditional parking spot.
"It takes two or almost two [spots]," he said.
Moving the space is also more complicated than simply repainting the lines on the roadway in front of the building.
"The engineer is going to have to make sure it meets traffic safety standards," Lampmann said.
Because of the consideration of moving the space specifically closer to the post office, issues such as postal trucks coming in and wanting more space have to be considered. Also, since the post office currently leases its facility, Councilman Bob Fox said he was concerned that if something happened to the post office, the handicapped space would once again not be in a desired location.
"My only problem is is the post office going to be there or is it going to move again?" he asked.
Council members were mostly favorable to the idea of moving the spot, with Councilman Bob Meier saying that it makes as much sense to put one in that location as it would other places on the street.
"The post office is the busiest spot on the street," he said. "I do feel it would be a good idea to put something there."
The borough will be looking into the idea with consultation from the borough engineer.
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