Letters to the Editor

Letter | No parking restrictions on West, East and North Mercer Way

The City Council is going to outlaw parking on West Mercer, East Mercer and North Mercer Way! Often people need to park on the roads because:

1. Many driveways are not large enough or long enough for family and friends to park.

2. Many driveways cannot accommodate large delivery, construction or repair trucks.

3. Many houses do not have room for parking cars for meetings, parties or groups.

4. Many people live at the bottom of hills that are impossible to drive in icy, snowy or dangerous conditions.

In most areas, parked cars are simply not a problem. Bikers and pedestrians should be easily able to navigate parked vehicles if they use reasonable caution and are reasonably alert.

The ordinance will be in effect seven days a week, 354 days a year. We are told that special exceptions will be made for bad weather, gatherings and construction, but we will have to apply for a permit at City Hall and follow an appeal process every single time! More bureaucracy and time and energy wasted.

Please attend the hearing on March 5 and call and write and email our City Council and oppose this new law:

City of Mercer Island

Attn: City Council

9611 S.E. 36th Street

Mercer Island, WA 98040

(206) 275-7600

 

Susan and David Dykstra

 

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