Public Safety committee discusses public parking around high school

By Martha Stoffel

O’FALLON – Preliminary discussions began regarding public safety concerns as it relates to parking around O’Fallon Township High School during the Public Safety committee meeting Monday night. The specific area under evaluation is along Weber Road, from Highway 50 to Third Street, and portions of Agnes Drive and Edna Drive. 

Student drivers are asked to park on the school lots which require a $100 per year or $55 per semester parking pass purchased and distributed through the school. Drivers without a parking pass are often found parking along residential streets close to the high school. The city has regulated, via ordinances, certain parking restrictions along neighboring streets. 

Residents in this area have raised concerns with city officials regarding the narrowing of the driving lane when cars are parked on both sides of the street, vehicles blocking driveways and vehicles being parked too close to trashcans causing their garbage to not be collected. Public Safety has evaluated the area as well and have concerns about the inability of fire apparatuses or other emergency vehicles to pass through the roads when double parking is occurring. 

A recommended ordinance will be presented to the committee at next month’s meeting restricting parking on Weber Road, between Agnes Drive and Third Street, on school days from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The same restrictions will be placed on Agnes Drive and Edna Drive. The section of Weber Road from Highway 50 to Agnes Drive will likely be proposed as a no parking zone.