By SCOTT COTTOS
For The Courier
FOSTORIA — Members of the Fostoria City Council’s Law and Ordinance Committee and residents of five Fostoria streets exchanged concerns about the prospects of instituting single-sided parking on those roadways on Tuesday night in a public hearing prior to the regular council meeting at the Municipal Building.
It was the second public hearing on the issue, which now has committee proposals regarding College Avenue and Jackson, Leonard, High and Walnut streets. The plan, based on access for fire trucks, includes, whenever possible, single-sided parking always on the opposite side from fire hydrants.
The committee has found all of the five streets to be 24 or 25 feet wide, which would decrease to 17 or 18 feet with a normal-sized vehicle parked on one side. Committee documents say Fire Chief Brian Herbert has noted the department’s aerial truck with outriggers is 17 feet, 6 inches wide.
“All it takes is one time trying to get through there (that a fire situation could worsen),” Herbert said at Tuesday night’s meeting.
While acknowledging the importance of fire safety, residents expressed concerns for everyday matters of safety, potential damage to vehicles and crowding on the side on which parking would be permitted.
Council member Mike Hopple of the Law and Ordinance Committee said all of the information gathered will be pulled together prior to the committee’s next meeting, scheduled for 8 a.m., Sept. 25 at the Municipal Building. Any changes to the parking schemes would require council approval.
“You don’t want to make a decision like this without public input,” he said.
During the council meeting, an ordinance was passed to appropriate $54,000 from the general and sewer funds toward the storm sewers phase of improvements along Main Street between Culbertson Street and Jones Road.
Mayor Eric Keckler said a committee would be formed in regard to the handling of $600,000 the city has been awarded in a consent agreement between Sunny Farms Landfill and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.