SYCAMORE – The west side of North Cross Street from State Street to Loomis Street in Sycamore will no longer allow parking during the week.
Sycamore City Council approved of an ordinance Monday to keep the street free of parking from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy said the changes to the parking was meant to make the street safer. Cars tend to be parked on both sides of the street, which receives heavy traffic from trucks.
“It’s a safety-driven issue,” Mundy said. “... We were able to devise a plan, tweak it a little bit and do something that is focused on work hours.”
The ordinance was initially requested by the Sycamore Police Department after it received several complaints. Many of them came from the city’s Public Works Department. The City Council discussed the issue June 17 and July 15.
During the June 17 meeting, several residents who live on North Cross Street came forward with concerns about the city making parking off-limits on the street. They mentioned that closing the street for parking might allow the trucks to drive faster and prevent needed parking for them.
Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory said letters about the proposed parking changes were sent to residents. As requested by the council, letters were delivered to residents July 23 to receive feedback from them, he said.
“No concerns had been raised at the time of writing or nothing over the weekend either,” Gregory said. “We haven’t had any feedback from any residents.”
Pete Paulsen, 2nd Ward alderman, said he checked the streets numerous times since the issue was brought to the city’s attention and didn’t find many cars parked there.
“Not many cars usually park there during the day anyway, at least not during this time of the year,” Paulsen said.
The council passed the ordinance on a 6-1 vote. Steve Braser, 3rd Ward alderman, voted against the changes because the hours the streets are closed for parking are not the same as the hours when city employees are active during the day.
“I don’t know what [the 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. time] does for them,” Braser said.
He said as far as he knew, the parking changes will affect three to four residents who can’t park on the west side of the street.