By ERIC SCHAADT
ARLINGTON — Arlington Council on Monday tabled legislation to restrict parking to one side of five streets. The action was taken to allow more public input.
Council had planned to give the final reading to the ordinance to restrict parking to one side of the street on sections of Hickory Lane, Willow Drive, Mountain Ash, Apple Grove and Apple Blossom Lane.
The step was being considered, according to council representatives, to allow fire trucks, ambulances and village snowplows easier passage through these streets.
But resident James Insley questioned if any research went into the ordinance about the impact on the “low-volume” traffic streets.
“It was a safety issue,” Councilwoman Marcia Smith noted. “That’s what we were looking at.”
Councilman Terry Huffman suggested the ordinance be tabled to allow more public discussion.
Separately, council will push for quicker action on dealing with a North Main Street home heavily damaged by fire last December.
Neighbor Mike Best renewed his objection to the debris.
Complicating matters, however, are questions of ownership and insurance.
Village Solicitor Don Rasmussen said a fire chief or inspector should inspect the house.
Separately, residents expressed relief to council upon learning that Dollar General has withdrawn its request for rezoning of two properties on West Main Cross Street from residential to business to bring that store to Arlington.
A petition with a total of 132 signatures was presented to council opposing the rezoning. A similar petition with 83 signatures was given to council during its last meeting.
“This speaks loud and clear … if something like that would come up again,” said resident Rhonda Slough.
Residents had objected to the trash, additional truck traffic and property devaluation that a store might have brought to that neighborhood.