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RESIDENTS OPPOSE BAN ON RAILROAD ST. PARKING

Residents of Railroad Street in the Village of Alden are quite adamant in their opposition to a proposed parking ban on their street. They expressed their displeasure to the Village Board during a public hearing on the matter Thursday night.

Parking and traffic has been an issue on Railroad Street for some time now. Residential homes share the street with several businesses, including industrial companies such as Bennett Manufacturing.

Over the past year, residents have complained to the board about trucks speeding through the streets, and trucks have had difficulty maneuvering around parked cars on the street.

The proposed revisions to the parking laws call for a ban on all street parking on Railroad Street. The residents who attended Thursday's hearing were unhappy that they would be unable to park in front of their homes.

"If you can't park there, who's going to enforce the law?" asked resident Linda Harding. "They don't enforce (the speed laws) on truck drivers. What if we plow our driveways? Redo our blacktops?"

"I would have never bought my house there if I knew that trucks could go through," said Kathleen Ciesla.

Mayor Michael Kubik was noncommittal as to what the board will ultimately decide but was sympathetic to resident complaints.

"We're asking for public comment so we can go back and review this thoroughly," he said. "This change will affect some people dramatically. Maybe we've gone too far. That's why you people are here to tell us about it."

One resident asked if parking could just be limited to certain hours, leaving the street clear during business hours.

"That's a possibility," Kubik said.

Another one of the proposed revisions allow for a 20-minute parking limit in front of businesses on Broadway. The board will discuss the proposed laws during their next informal session in December.

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