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Charleston streets committee advances four ordinances

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Members of Charleston City Council's Streets and Traffic Committee advanced four ordinances dealing with traffic changes in the city at its Wednesday evening meeting.

The ordinances will be up for a final vote at city council's Monday meeting.

In addition to the ordinances, the committee also discussed future plans for bike routes in the city, many of which are based on Charleston's comprehensive plan, Imagine Charleston, which was passed this summer.

Committee Chairman Joe Deneault, a West Side Democrat, said he wanted to have a public meeting in January to hear concerns and comment from city residents about bicycle travel. The meeting date has not yet been set.

The following ordinances were recommended for approval:

* Bill No. 7589 creates a traffic pattern on the West Side to accommodate the new Edgewood Elementary School, which is under construction.

The ordinance gives traffic going into or out of the school's entrance the right-of-way. All southbound traffic on Wood Road would have to stop at a stop sign, and all northbound traffic would also have to stop, unless it is going into the school.

The ordinance was previously passed by the committee, but Copley found a mistake in the wording that would not have stopped northbound traffic on Wood Road. The ordinance, as passed, is corrected.

* Bill No. 7599 establishes a handicap parking spot on 2nd Avenue on the West Side, in front of a handicap entrance ramp to St. Paul A.M.E. Church.

Allen Copley, Charleston's traffic engineering director, said the church requested the space.

* Bill No. 7602 makes parking illegal in South Hills between the intersection of Skyline and Clark roads and 1548 Skyline Road. South Hills Councilman Sam Minardi, a Democrat who represents the ward where the street is located, sponsored the bill.

Copley said the parking rule comes after neighbors complained of repeated parties at a home on Skyline Road, and partygoers frequently parked along the entirety of the street.

* Bill No. 7609 establishes a handicap metered parking space in front of the Charleston Newspapers building on Virginia Street. The space was requested by Downtown Councilman Robert Sheets, a Democrat.

In addition to the bills recommended for approval, one bill (No. 7585) was turned down by the committee. That bill would have placed a handicap parking spot at 4 Buena Vista Place. However, Copley said the residents who requested the bill have built an off-street parking spot instead, making the handicap space no longer needed.

Contact writer Matt Murphy at or 304-348-4817. Follow him on Twitter @DMLocalGov and on Facebook at DailyMailLocalGov


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