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Medina approves 15-minute parking spot for auto parts store

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 January 2015 at 12:00 am

Village also adopts law for temporary storage shelters

Photo by Tom Rivers – Craig Lacy addresses Medina village officials on Monday during a public hearing. The group includes, from left: Village Clerk Debbie Padoleski, Village Trustee Mark Kruzynski, Trustee Marguerite Sherman, Mayor Andrew Meier, Trustee Mike Sidari and Trustee Mark Irwin.

MEDINA – The Village Board approved two local laws on Monday, one that establishes a 15-minute parking space on North Main Street in front of Napa Auto Parts and another law that regulates temporary storage shelters.

Craig Lacy, owner of Napa, said his customers are often frustrated with the parking situation near the store at 345 North Main St. The village has a 2-hour parking limit on Main Street, but many vehicles seem to be there much longer, making it a challenge for merchants, Lacy said.

His store and others on North Main Street don’t have the option to park behind the building, freeing up space on Main Street. He tries to point some customers to a lot in the Canal Basin, but customers prefer being closer to the store.

Lacy requested two 15-minute parking spots and the Village Board voted to give him one from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Trustee Marguerite Sherman said Lacy’s building is in an unusual spot at an intersection with a bump-out.

“There is a need for something,” she said about the parking situation. “I can feel for what Mr. Lacy has to say. You hate to open up a can of worms, but something needs to be done to help out.”

The board approved the 15-minute spot and Mayor Andrew Meier said the board would consider such requests on a case-by-case basis. Meier said Lacy faces competition from the chain auto parts stores that have their own parking lots.

The board and Medina Business Association said they would again remind downtown business owners and their employees to park behind their buildings if possible and use municipal lots to free up space on Main Street.

Police Chief Jose Avila reported to the board that the police enforce parking laws, and wrote 180 parking tickets throughout the village last year.

The board also approved a law for temporary storage containers – Pods and shipping containers – that are becoming increasingly popular.

Some of these containers stay on sites for months, resulting in deteriorating appearance in property and in complaints, village officials said.

The new regulations for temporary storage containers establish them as portable storage units without a permanent foundation. They may include cargo containers, truck trailers, construction trailers and bulk solid waste containers.

The village is limiting sites to a maximum of two cargo containers for no more than 60 days per calendar year. If homeowners suffer a fire or flood and need the container longer, they can seek a demolition or building permit with the cargo container to be removed a week after the demo or building permit expires.

The regulation proposes similar standards for portable storage containers and establishes setback requirements.

Semi-truck trailers are limited to commercial or residential sites. Construction trailers are allowed in commercial, residential and industrial sites but must be removed a week after a building permit expires or certificate of occupancy is issued.

Bulk solid waste containers are allowed for up to 45 days in a year. They must be kept at least 5 feet from side and rear property lines and at least 10 feet from front property lines, according to the new regulation.