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Traffic committee slated to revive shores parking issue tonight

The sweeping changes include one-sided parking on nearly 40 streets in the neighborhood. The most controversial move would restrict parking on both sides of Seaside Drive between Hull and Dory streets, a stretch of road more than a mile long.

Homeowners in the Jamestown Shores who oppose further parking restrictions will have another chance to voice their concerns.

Despite recommending the measure at its May 19 meeting, the Jamestown Traffic Committee will revisit the contentious issue at 6 tonight in Town Hall. The sweeping changes include one-sided parking on nearly 40 streets in the neighborhood. The most controversial move would restrict parking on both sides of Seaside Drive between Hull and Dory streets, a stretch of road more than a mile long.

The traffic board has been mulling restrictions for nearly a year to improve public safety. According to committee Chairman Tom Tighe, the neighborhood’s roads are too narrow for emergency vehicles to navigate.

The panel originally approved the restrictions March 24. At that meeting, however, a handful of residents said the board failed to notify affected homeowners. The vote was rescinded, and the discussion was continued until April 21.

At that meeting, with a full audience of dissenters, the traffic board decided to take no action pending additional study. If the issue were to appear on a future agenda, Tighe said, he would “put it in the paper to make sure you’re all aware.”

At the May 29 meeting, however, the board revived the discussion without advertising the meeting in the newspaper. Despite three members of the seven-person panel voting to table the matter, the vote passed after two amendments were made.

Tonight’s meeting was scheduled after residents complained the board broke its promise to advertise the meeting. Tighe, who said there was a misunderstanding at the April meeting, made sure a notice was published in the June 16 paper.

— Tim Riel

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