Commission Considers Requests

The Wheeling Traffic Commission approved one request and rejected another during a meeting Thursday.

Members voted in favor of placing a handicapped parking spot at 1 Hawk Court in North Park in front of the home of Linda Cox. Tim Birch, city director of operations, initially expressed some concern about permitting the handicapped spot in the place requested by Cox. He noted state law requires parking spots be set back 28 feet from a stop sign, and placement of the spot in front of Cox’s home would fall within that space.

Commission members asked Cox if the spot were placed 28 feet from the stop sign if it would still be convenient for her to get in and out of her handicapped accessible van. She agreed it would be, and members then passed a motion establishing the handicapped parking spot.

Cox was advised by the commission that anyone with a handicapped parking permit could park in the spot.

Birch told her it would likely take six to eight weeks for the handicapped parking sign to be posted. An ordinance establishing the spot would have to be read twice before Wheeling City Council and then approved, he continued.

The commission also denied a request for removal of a loading zone designation in front of the Weiner Hut at 1010 Main St., and metered parking instead established there. The request came from Trudy Gratz of the Weiner Hut, who was not present at the meeting.

Commissioner Pat Duffy said the creation of parking spots there would create a problem for people attempting to enter and exit driveways at each end of the loading zone.

“There’s not enough room (to maneuver out of the driveway around parked cars),” added Commissioner Chuck Delbrugge.

Delbrugge also asked the commission to consider the establishment of a no parking zone at the corner of Springdale and Louisa avenues. When cars are parked there, turning is too tight, he said.

Member H. Lawrence Jones was not present at Thursday’s meeting.