Whitehall City Council voted unanimously Nov. 20 to approve an ordinance that bans on-street parking on the west side of Rosemore Avenue.
Whitehall Service Director Ray Ogden told council members that signs prohibiting parking already are in place, but are not enforceable because council had not taken action to establish the no-parking zone.
"The signs need supported by legislation," he said. "Either the signs need to come down, or pass an ordinance to enforce the parking restriction. Vote it up or down," Ogden said.
Rosemore Avenue between Langley Avenue and East Main Street was recently improved. As an unimproved street with no curbs and gutters, on-street parking was prohibited.
With the addition of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, parking is otherwise permitted as on any other improved street, but city officials, citing the narrow width of the road, recommended a parking ban on one side so two-way traffic can pass alongside a parked vehicle
Such parking restrictions exist in other residential areas but have been problematic in the past when residents disagreed concerning their preference for on-street parking or a wider area for passing on the street.
City Council President Jim Graham said he would prefer a liberal use of on-street parking restrictions throughout the city, but understands that not all residents would concur.
The police department recommends parking restrictions that council enacts, Ogden said.
He told council members nearly all Rosemore Avenue residents were notified of the city's intent to continue its parking prohibition after the road improvements and there had been no objections.
Also at the Nov. 20 meeting, council members approved an ordinance issuing a special permit for a retail motorcycle accessory business.
All N All Custom is expected to open by the start of the year at 4033 E. Main St., owner Tracey Fields said.
The business plans to relocate from Poth Road. The 2,300-square foot shop will feature retail motorcycle accessories, but Fields said he also will perform basic service such as oil changes or the installation of accessories purchased at the retail store.
"We mostly work with Harley Davidson motorcycles (but will service others)," he said.
Council also adopted an ordinance making a supplemental appropriation of $320,000 from nonappropriated revenue in the general fund to the police and fire pension expense account; an ordinance appropriating $250,000 from nonappropriated general fund revenue to the health insurance trust fund expense account; and an ordinance authorizing Mayor Kim Maggard to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation for the construction of a replacement bridge on East Main Street over Big Walnut Creek.