Residents of Leland Avenue, weary of parking woes caused by an inconsiderate few customers of a bar near the end of their street, held a community meeting recently, and those in attendance voted unanimously to seek permit parking restrictions.

Residents of Leland Avenue, weary of parking woes caused by an inconsiderate few customers of a bar near the end of their street, held a community meeting recently, and those in attendance voted unanimously to seek permit parking restrictions.

"We are embarking on the process," Delawanda Residents' Association president John Bennett said last week.

And quite a process it is.

"It goes on for a while," Bennett said. "It could take several months."

The first step involves circulating a petition among the 50 or so households along the two blocks of Leland Avenue that stretch west from North High Street to dead-end at Delawanda Avenue. City regulations for obtaining permit parking that would exclude those without such permission during established hours require that 60 percent of those households sign the petition.

The process is being initiated due to ongoing problems with some customers of Bob's Bar at 4961 N. High St. blocking driveways, littering and on occasion becoming belligerent, the residents' association president previously indicated.

"It's about half the block that is directly affected now," Bennett said. "The problem is if we only provided permit parking for that part of the block - which you can't do, according to city regulations, so it's moot - it would drive the problem parking into the area that is not covered by permit parking."

The type of permit parking being sought for Leland Avenue would prevent those without city-issued permits from parking there from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily, according to Bennett, who himself lives in Leland Avenue but well back from North High Street.

If a sufficient percentage of residents sign the petition, according to Public Service Department regulations, a traffic study would be conducted. This must show that 75 percent of available spaces are occupied in the period for which a limitation is being sought and 25 percent of these vehicles must be from outside the area.

"The area defined should be as large as possible in order to simplify the administration process, to reduce the number of public hearings and to make enforcement more effective," according to the rules. "Requests to establish new areas will not be considered unless such area is a minimum of one city block."

The parking study is followed by at least one hearing. Residents seeking permit parking must pay administrative costs involved in the process, the regulations stated.

The vast majority of Bob's Bar patrons don't cause any trouble for Leland Avenue residents, according to Bennett.

"We don't have a problem with most of them," he said. "It is true that some nights there is a huge crowd of people up there, far more than the bar could accommodate. That plus the lack of parking is a bit of a problem itself. What they really need is a bigger space with more parking, but that's not something we can do anything about."