Medina sets hearings on Napa parking space, container storage

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 December 2014 at 12:00 am

MEDINA – The Village Board has set Jan. 12 for two public hearings, one to establish a 15-minute parking space by Napa Auto Parts and the other to establish regulations for temporary storage shelters.

Napa owner Craig Lacy requested two 15-minute spots by the business at 345 North Main St. The Village Board wants to try one first and see if that eases the parking problem for Napa.

The village has a 2-hour parking limit on Main Street, but village officials agree many motorists overstay that limit.

Police Chief Jose Avila said the police department asks people to move if there are complaints and they stay in one spot beyond two hours. Police officers will give tickets if motorists complain and don’t move.

The Napa spot is different than most on Main Street because the business is at the corner of Main Street and a one-lane road leading into the Canal Basin parking lot, Village Trustee Marguerite Sherman said.

She doesn’t want to create 15-minute spots all along Main Street, but she said Napa is in an unusual position at the corner of the one-lane road. The Napa spots also get used by tenants in some of the upper floor apartments.

“I support the one spot but I don’t want to open up a can of worms,” she said.

Chief Avila supports the one 15-minute spot and he said the village could always add another if needed.

Medina will have the hearing on the 15-minute spot at 5 p.m. on Jan. 12 at the Shelby Town Hall. The 15-minute spot would apply from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The village also set at 5:05 p.m. hearing on Jan. 12 for temporary storage shelters. Code Enforcement Officer Martin Busch said the temporary storage containers – Pods and shipping containers – are becoming increasingly popular.

Some of these containers stay on sites for months, resulting in deteriorating appearance in property and in complaints, Planning Board Chairman Chris Busch wrote in a letter to the Village Board.

The Planning Board has proposed regulations for temporary storage containers that 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 proposing a maximum of two cargo containers per site 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 proposed regulation.