Cumberland council to consider 3 new no-parking zones

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CUMBERLAND — The creation of three no-parking areas for road safety reasons will be among items the Town Council discusses Monday, Sept. 24.

The council will hold a public hearing and discuss amending the town’s traffic ordinance to adopt no-parking areas on Orchard, Range and Whitney roads.

A 100-foot-long space along Orchard Road, across the street from the Orchard Hill Farm, is one of the areas. The road there is narrow, a particular issue when vehicles park on both sides of the street, Town Manager Bill Shane said last week.

The town is looking to work with Robert Pierce, the apple orchard owner, to install a culvert along much of the ditch line on the eastern side of the road. That would increase the shoulder, allow more space for vehicles to park further off the road, and help compensate for lost spaces.

Another proposed no-parking area, also due to congestion, 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.

The third spot is near the Homeless Animal Rescue Team shelter on Range Road, and would include a 670-foot area (28 spaces), on that road and the adjoining Route 100. High traffic speeds through the area are an issue when vehicles park on both sides of the street, prompting the proposed ban, Shane said. The ban would apply to the sides of the roads closest to the shelter.

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

If approved by the Town Council, the bans would go into effect the next day.

The meeting will be held at Town Hall at 7 p.m.

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.