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Victor Council Tackles Parking; Talks Rolle Bolle
By Mitch Traphagen
Aug 21, 2008 - 8:27:35 PM

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Victor Mayor Pro-Tem Marla Faga listens as council member Joan Robinson discusses on-street parking during the Victor City Council meeting on August 14. Mitch Traphagen Photo
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- The Victor City Council met in regular session on Aug. 14 with council members Nick Simmons, Joan Robinson, Dan Cavin, Lynn DeNeve and Marla Faga in attendance.  Mayor Roger Pawlack was unavoidably out of town on business.  Mayor Pro-Tem Faga called the meeting to order.

Ordinance 309, an ordinance concerned with parking on city streets was the first order of business.  The ordinance would prohibit camper, boat, trailer, and truck parking on city streets except for 24 hour periods to be used for loading and unloading only.  One city resident in attendance at the meeting voiced his concern about the ordinance, hoping instead for at least 48 hours for loading and allowing his camper to be plugged in.

“I looked into an approach made on my yard,” he said.  “You’re talking a couple of thousand dollars so that I can back it [the camper] into my yard.  There’s no way I’m going to do that.  I’ll have to get out of camping if that’s the way this is going to be.”


The 24-hour exemption to the ordinance was added based on this and other concerns.  The ordinance also allows exemptions to accommodate ongoing construction projects and repair work.


Simmons motioned to approve the first reading of the ordinance, Robinson seconded.  The motion carried.  As designed, the objective of the new ordinance is to prevent long term parking of certain vehicles on city streets.  It is worth noting that homeowners would be responsible for notifying construction and work crews that are hired about this ordinance.


Rolle bolle once again became a hot topic during the meeting, although the discussion was outside of the agenda.  A few residents in attendance at the meeting expressed concern about a last minute change in venue for the planned rolle bolle courts - from the Washington Street park to the recently purchased city property next to the post office.


“We were at the meeting when you guys had a discussion that you voted the month before to have it at the park,” one resident said, referring to a somewhat tense June council meeting in which council members stood by their May vote to allow rolle bolle, despite some after-the-fact pressure against the plan.  “Then all of a sudden it came out in the paper that it was down here [next to the post office] and we wondered what happened.  It bothers me a lot that what happens here [at City Hall] can change like that after we walk out the door.”


Although there is general agreement the rolle bolle courts are well-suited at the new location, some members of the council also expressed their surprise at the change.


“It totally blindsided me,” said Simmons of the change.


By and large, the council agreed that while rolle bolle is currently allowed on the property, the priority use will be for a new post office or other commercial development downtown.


Water bills also became a topic of conversation with some frustration expressed on the part of residents regarding the availability of statements and methods of payment.  The council discussed future possibilities in allowing bills to be posted on-line and allowing payment on-line.


A public hearing for a building permit request will take place during a special session of the council on Thursday, August 28 at 7 p.m.  At issue is a request by James Weiermann to build in such a way that will result in the home extending out further than other neighboring properties.  


The next regular council meeting will be on Sept. 18.



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