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Parked In: Lansdale Police Look at Blocked Penn Street Driveway

Councilman Jason Van Dame reported to the Lansdale Public Safety Committee of a resident complaint about their driveway being blocked by Penndale Middle School teachers and faculty, according to Van Dame.

Lansdale Police will investigate what they can do to ease parking problems being faced by a resident on the 500 block of Penn Street, near Penndale Middle School.

"Regularly, his driveway is blocked by cars parking along there," said Councilman Jason Van Dame during this month's public safety committee meeting. "He called the department many times to come out and ticket the cars blocking him. But is there any signage to recommend?" 

Lansdale Police Chief Robert McDyre said the police could recommend painting of the curb yellow to help those situations.

"It is not marked well," Van Dame said. "There's a telephone pole (in front of the house). You go during the school day and you can see cars parked up close to the driveway."  

Van Dame told McDyre he thought the cars were mainly from teachers parking during the day or seldom at night for events.

"He usually parks his truck at the end of the driveway and leaves it there, so people can see there's a car there," Van Dame said. "It's been an ongoing issue for many years."

McDyre said he would look into the situation with the homeowner.

He also said there may not be "Do Not Block Driveway" signs available in Pennsylvania.

"I don't remember seeing signs in Pennsylvania," he said. "New Jersey has them at the shore: Do Not Block Driveway. But, I don't think I've seen them in Pennsylvania."

Jason March 21, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Just a quick note to clarify a couple of things. First, the parking issue arises either when school is in session, or there is an event at the school. This leads me to believe that those parking there are either school staff, volunteers, parents, or visitors (not necessarily teachers specifically). Second, the issue is not just limited to one driveway, as I have since learned that a neighbor experiences the same issue on occasion. Third, I agree that the police department has better things to do with there time than writing parking tickets (which punish the offender, but don't actually prevent future occurrences of the same problem). Which is why I thought it appropriate to look for a better solution. Finally, I think that borough property owners should be able to expect clear access to there driveways. Unfortunately, we cannot legislate common sense, but we can, and should work to solve problems as they are brought to our attention. FYI: the 2 hr parking limit is further down the road along the park. I don't ink the residents of this street would want to be limited to a 2 hr parking limit in front of there homes.
Nehoc Leinad March 22, 2013 at 01:11 AM
if a car is blocking your private property access, research your gal rights to tow the offending vehicles.
Julianne Wylie March 23, 2013 at 03:14 PM
ACTUALLy there are at least 6 2 hr parking signs entirely in front of the school. I was there yesterday, 2 signs per every block all the way down to past the tennis courts. And I agree, the residents shouldnt have to abide the 2 hr parking rule-tho MOST of them have driveways. Even the side streets have 2 hr parking signs in the roads. As for school events, the side parking lot would only handle so many cars. But I agree if you are there for an EXTENDED time (not just for 15-30 mins0 then park in the school parking lots.
Julianne Wylie March 23, 2013 at 03:15 PM
and either way, I am not saying there is not a problem. Just saying look at all sides of the story.
Jason March 23, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Julianne, the problem is on the block from Woodland up to Church, where there are no 2 hr parking restrictions. You are correct that the other blocks have 2 hr parking signs.

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