The Sykesville police chief wants to eliminate parking from a 78-foot stretch along the east side of Main Street, close to several town businesses.
South of Sandosky Road, Main Street tapers in width from 43 to 33 feet and allows little maneuvering room for cars, much less larger vehicles, Chief Wallace P. "Mitch" Mitchell said at the Town Council meeting last night.
"A lot of times we have what amounts to one-way traffic," Chief Mitchell said.
Mayor Kenneth W. Clark said he agreed with the chief's assessment.
"Especially during recent storms, there is a safety hazard," the mayor said.
Councilman Garth Adams urged removing "as little parking as we can and still keep the street safe for traffic."
"Customers like to park right in front of businesses so they can run in and out," Mr. Adams said. "If they can't park close, they won't stop."
Chief Mitchell said the State Highway Administration would post "no parking" signs if the town so recommends.
"The state has done this in other towns with narrow, tapering streets without having problems," he said.
Craig Taylor, president of the Sykesville Business Association, said the town needs as much parking as possible.
He asked if police were enforcing two-hour limits on town lots. Merchants believe some motorists use the lots to park and ride to work.
"We may want to go to a sticker system," Mr. Taylor said.
Mr. Taylor said he would add parking to the Feb. 23 association meeting agenda.
"I am sure there are going to be objections," he said.
To give businesses time to respond to the no-parking proposal, the council deferred action until its Feb. 28 meeting.
In other business, the council met with county planners on environmental resources.