Cumberland council OKs 3 new no-parking zones

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CUMBERLAND — The Town Council unanimously approved three new no-parking zones Monday evening.

The town’s traffic ordinance was amended to adopt no-parking areas on Orchard, Range and Whitney roads, all for road safety reasons.

The council approved the Orange and Whitney road zones as presented, although councilors agreed to reduce the distance of the Range Road proposal. That zone, near the Homeless Animal Rescue Team shelter on Range Road, was to have included a 670-foot area (28 spaces), on that road and the adjoining Route 100.

The ban was prompted by high traffic speeds through the area, according to Town Manager Bill Shane. It was to have applied to the sides of the roads closest to the shelter.

The shortened ban is now only 75 feet, covering three Range Road spaces between the shelter and Route 100. The town received about 20 emails on the matter in the days leading up to the Town Council meeting, Shane said.

A 100-foot-long area along Orchard Road, across the street from the Orchard Hill Farm, is another no-parking zone, as is about 500 feet near Terrison’s Orchard on Whitney Road. That would eliminate 20 spaces, but there is a significant amount of parking area on the opposite side of the road, Shane said.

Both orchard-related bans run from Aug. 15 to Oct. 15, while the ban near the shelter is year-round.

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.