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Perkasie tackles parking problems near school


Perkasie Borough Council will consider lifting parking restrictions on Shadywood Drive, and it tabled a proposed left turn restriction at Hunters Run to give residents more time for input.

Perkasie Borough Manager Andrea Coaxum said about a dozen people had contacted the borough about Shadywood Drive’s no parking or reducing parking restrictions, aimed at deterring Pennridge High School students from parking in the nearby residential neighborhood.

Homeowners who have been there forever feel these rules are taking a mass amount of parking from residents, said Councilman Chuck Brooks.

Coaxum said she’s also heard from residents who are “okay” with students parking there during school hours.

Borough officials said a limited amount of student parking at the high school, combined with parking permit fees levied by the school district and a privilege system for those with parking passes has caused some students to park on residential streets.

“There is a $75 fee to park in the high school lot,” said Council President Jim Ryder.

Parking passes are assigned to vehicles to discourage parking placard “sharing” among student drivers.

According to the Pennridge High School student handbook posted on the school district’s website, parking is a privilege and may be revoked for students with behavioral or disciplinary problems; are found to be underperforming academically, or have safety or traffic violations or citations.

Council tabled the vote to considering adding No Left Turn signs to Hunters Road, which accesses main thoroughfares through town on North Fifth and West Callowhill streets.

Borough officials said both main roadways are heavily travelled during school day times, Monday through Friday.

“We have a problem with traffic stacking during school and there is a lot of traffic that wants to turn left. Drivers tend to shortcut through Hunter’s Run with many young high school drivers,” said Steve Hillias, Perkasie chief of police.

Hillias said the simple solution was to post a No Left Turn for a limited time during the day.

“We can figure speed rates to do speed checks,” Hillias said.

Officials said a mechanism was also necessary to address litter and unwanted behavior toward residents in the area.

“I think we should sit down with residents to see what they’d like to see out there,” Ryder said.

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