The city, businesses and residents from Sixth Avenue between Highway 101 and North Holladay hope to resolve what some residents say is chronic speeding, unsafe driving and violations of local zoning code in the neighborhood.
At Monday, the Monday, Sept. 23, City Council meeting, Mayor Jay Barber said he will meet with neighbors and local business owners in order to mitigate the concerns.
At the Sept. 9 City Council meeting, residents of Sixth Avenue between Highway 101 and North Holladay Drive asked that the city take action on a problem that has only worsened since they brought the matter before the council in March 2018.
“We were here a year ago during the public comment period and our comments seemed to slip into the black hole of public comments,” Sixth Avenue resident Dennis Brodigan said at that meeting.
Holding a petition with the names of 17 residents, Brodigan said that local businesses, including Seaside Vacation Homes and Cleanline Surf, do not comply with the residential commercial zone.
Seaside Vacation Homes stores a fleet of cars, crushing equipment, drywall materials and pallets, Brodigan said at that meeting. “Is this a residential/commercial business? I don’t think so.”
The street is not designed to handle commercial traffic, he added.
Seaside Vacation Homes business owner Mark Tolan responded the business met the criteria established by the city for the residential-commercial zone.
Tolan already directs drivers to avoid Sixth Avenue, he said.
He said he would support restrictions of large vehicles in the neighborhood.
At the Monday, Sept. 23, meeting, David Koller, general manager of Cleanline Surf on North Roosevelt Drive, told councilors he had not been aware of the residents’ concerns other than a brief discussion about speeding a year-and-a-half ago.
He said he was unaware the concerns remained until they surfaced in reports of the Sept. 9 meeting.
“As far as anybody knows, we’ve never had a complaint filed for any zoning ordinance for the 39 years we’ve been in business in Seaside,” Koller said Monday. “I think we can work this out as neighbors. I really wish we had been contacted by the community group before we got to this point. We’re looking forward in resolving this with the neighborhood.”
Barber, Koller, Tolan, along with Sixth Avenue neighbors will meeting on Oct. 1, Barber said.
“I’ve asked for a meeting with Mark and David and key principals from that neighborhood to sit down in a kind of mediation meeting to really talk about how we can work together as good neighbors,” he said.
For now, the matter is scheduled to return to the Oct. 14 City Council agenda.
“The thing I love about Seaside is when something like this comes up, they can work it out, to find how to best to live and respect one another’s quality of life,” Barber said. “We may not even have it on the agenda.”