Culver Town Council Approves Second Reading on Traffic Ordinance

The Culver Town Council members approved the second reading of the proposed traffic ordinance when they met Tuesday night.

The traffic ordinance designates a congested motor vehicle traffic and pedestrian area on Lakeshore Drive and signage will be placed between 508 Lakeshore east to 824 Lakeshore Drive. The ordinance also creates a no parking zone for 50 feet from the intersection on both sides of the street on Batabano and South Plymouth Street.

There will be no parking allowed on the east side of Ohio Street from Davis to Mill Street and no parking on either side of Ohio Street from Washington Street to Jefferson Street.

The final portion of the ordinance bans semi-truck and trailer parking on residential streets. Semi trucks and trailers may be parked on private property in residential zones. Semi-truck idling time is restricted in a residential area for no more than 15 minutes.

A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for the council’s next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Councilman Joel Samuelson asked if anything more has developed with the 15 minute idling allowance for semis in residential areas. He wants more clarification on how that 15 minutes is mandated. He also would like clarification on parking at the water tower for semis. Since Town Manager Jonathan Leist was absent from the meeting, those issues will be addressed during the next meeting.

Clerk-Treasurer Karen Heim noted that she has not gotten any emails or letters from any citizens or truck drivers about the ordinance. They are accepting correspondence from those who can’t attend the Jan. 9 meeting which will be read on the record at that time and taken into consideration before the ordinance is adopted.