Bath council gives initial OK to Dummer Street Court parking ban

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BATH — The City Council on Wednesday unanimously supported first passage of a parking ban on Dummer Street Court.

A resident of that street, James McLean, notified the panel in May about the difficulty garbage/recycling and oil delivery trucks have had navigating the street due to parked vehicles, Police Chief Mike Field said in an Oct. 27 memo to the council.

“Last Thursday’s recycling, some of the houses still have it out, because they didn’t pick it up,” McLean told the council. “… I think (the parking ban) will be better. It’s a very small street.”

The city’s Parking and Transportation Committee took up the matter, and held a neighborhood meeting Oct. 14. Residents said they supported amending the ordinance to prohibit parking on the street, the chief said.

Field noted that “in regards to public safety, it could be difficult for a fire engine to get to a residence if vehicles were parking on the street.”

Asked by Councilor James Omo if the homes on the street have adequate off-street parking, Field said that was the impression he got from the neighborhood meeting.

The city is looking into similar parking issues in the southern end of the city, as well as on some roads in the north like Winter Street, according to the chief.

The council will vote a second and final time on the ban next month.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.