Is anybody listening?
That’s what homeowners asked City Council on Monday, Sept. 9.
Residents of Sixth Avenue between Highway 101 and North Holladay 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.
He said letters to the City Council on the issue have been unanswered.
“This is not about tourist traffic, but commercial traffic on a small-town neighborhood street,” he said. “Why can’t we restrict tractor-trailers between Sixth Avenue and North Roosevelt Drive?”
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. “Is this a residential/commercial business? I don’t think so.”
The street is not designed to handle commercial traffic, he added.
Cleanline “has people that camp in the parking lot during summer,” Brodigan said. “We have UPS trucks. We have Fed Ex trucks, tractor-trailers — even 18-wheelers that sit and wait for an opportunity to get onto our street while kids play basketball. How can you allow this to go on in our neighborhood and why don’t you do anything about it?”
Seaside Vacation Homes business owner Mark Tolan responded the business met the criteria established by the city for the residential-commercial zone.
“We’re still doing the same thing these buildings were designed to do,” Tolan said, adding he would support restrictions of trailers on Sixth Avenue. “If there is any request for restriction of large vehicles, by no means do I think that request should be denied.”
Tolan already directs drivers to avoid Sixth Avenue, he said.
Mayor Jay Barber said this was the first time he’s heard that there are additional concerns since the public comments presented at the 2018 meeting.
“We’ve heard you now that you have additional concerns,” the mayor said. “The council would like to deal with those now that we’re aware things have not improved to the level the neighborhood would like. The issues about zoning, traffic, parking on that street are all issues this council would like to deal with.”
Barber invited all parties back to the council in October. “It will be back on the agenda so there will be expedient action on your request. We’ve heard you.”
The discussion is scheduled for Oct. 14.