The New Llano Town Council is turning to the public for help in addressing a growing problem with parked cars in town streets.


The New Llano Town Council is turning to the public for help in addressing a growing problem with parked cars in town streets.
During Tuesday night's council meeting, Councilwoman Charlotte Cooper touched on the subject by saying that the problem of cars being parked alongside town streets was now becoming a driving hazard.
"This is really becoming a problem throughout the town. People are parking alongside both sides of the streets, and it makes it very difficult for other cars to maneuver through," Cooper said.
One section of the town that has become nearly plagued with the parking issue is the 600 block of Magnolia Street. According to Cooper, the issue poses the dangerous hazard of preventing emergency vehicles such as ambulances from passing through safely.
"That street is so narrow already, and then when you add the cars parked along side of it, there are some spots that are nearly impossible for another car, or especially an ambulance, to make its way through," Cooper explained. "Its puts the residents in danger of delaying emergency medical care and puts the city at risk."
Other council members agreed with Cooper's complaint and Councilwoman Carolyn Todd agreed that some drivers are simply parking their vehicles beside the road to stop for conversation with each other.
"Some people are just stopping to talk, and they are blocking up traffic for the other drivers," Todd said.
The council turned to police chief Danny Hunt, who explained that the town's law provides drivers with a five day grievance period before the vehicle could be towed away.
"We can site them for parking on the side of the street, but we have to give them five days notice before we can tow the vehicle away," Hunt said.
The council is hoping matters will not go that far, though.
"We just want people to realize the problem it is creating and to not park in the streets anymore," Cooper said.
While discussing public safety, Chief Hunt also reminded the council and the residents present for the meeting that summer vacation for students is fast approaching, and bored students could equal missing items from neighbors.
"It's bad to have to say this, but I do want to suggest to the public that lawn mowers and other yard items be locked away," Hunt said. "They are easy targets and nearly every summer we have a problem with thefts in the area."