SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — Roadside parking along the lake at Hillside park on Winola Road (State Route 307) will still be permitted, despite one resident’s concerns regarding the safety of doing so.
Howard Conrad, a school bus driver who brought up the issue at last month’s supervisors’ meeting, followed up with the board Monday evening, reiterating his stance. He believes parking on that stretch is dangerous, especially with excessive speeding problems there. He said he drove by the park during the time of a recent fishing derby, and noticed vehicles parked on both sides of the road, creating an even greater hazard.
“As I came up on it, I found myself almost having to slow down because there were cars on both sides of the road,” he told the supervisors. “Nobody was going to go flying through there at 50 miles an hour, just because of the number of vehicles. But when there are only five or six or seven cars on the one side, I don’t think anybody’s slowing down.”
The board members thanked Conrad for expressing his concerns, but agreed among themselves to leave the situation as is.
Township Manager David O’Neill said after last month’s meeting, he visited the site, spoke to a fisherman who was parked there and took photos of the space between the fence and road, which he forwarded to the supervisors. He added Conrad was the only person to make a complaint on the matter, and everyone else he spoke with was in favor of allowing parking at that location.
Chairman Giles Stanton said he also checked it out.
“I went up there personally and parked there, and got in and out of my car, and I would say there’s a hazard there, but I could tolerate the hazard if I wanted to go fishing,” he said. “Believe me, I don’t want anyone injured, but I get out of cars at a lot worse places than that.”
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