SNA parking ban haiku

The proposed lifting of the overnight-parking ban in the Summit neighborhood has provoked strong feelings and spirited discussion, some of which have taken the haiku form. Some writers have taken liberties with the traditional format, but here they are, from first to most recent.

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Resident Permit Parking Program Petition

A PDF file of the petition, excerpted below, is now available.

Resident Permit Parking Program Opt-Out Petition [PDF]

Excerpt:

RESIDENT PERMIT PARKING PROGRAM

Notice of Objection Petition

Each household of a proposed Resident Permit Parking area is entitled to submit a notice of objection petition. Any household that objects to the program must forward a signed, dated notice of objection petition to the City Park ing Administrator.

If 66 2/3% of the households on any given street within the district object to the on-street program, that street shall be excluded from the district.
(Note: One vote per household will be permitted.)

The Parking Administrator will review the objection petition(s) and the requested street(s) will be removed from the district once the petition(s) are verified.

A notice will be sent to households on those streets remaining in the district notifying them of the streets that will be excluded from the district. In addition, mapping will be updated to reflect the approved street list.

Upcoming Meetings: Overnight Parking on the East Side

How will it work? How do I get a permit? Can my street opt out?

Leo Perrotta, City Parking Administrator, will explain the new policies on the following dates:

Tuesday 5 June, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street at Elmgrove
Hosted by the Neighborhood Discussion Group at Books on the Square
(Their next regular meeting is at 7 p.m.,Wednesday 27 June)

Thursday 7 June at 6:30 p.m.
First Unitarian Church, 1 Benevolent Street at Benefit
Hosted by the College Hill Neighborhood Association

Tuesday 19 June at 7 p.m.
Summit Commons, 99 Hillside Avenue
(near the end of Blackstone Boulevard, between Hope & North Main Streets)
Hosted by the Summit Neighborhood Association

Public update on sewer construction

Representatives from the Narragansett Bay Commission and its contractors gave neighborhood residents a progress report May 23 on the extensive sewer construction project.

Program manager Joe Pratt and other officials spoke to about 15 to 20 participants in an open forum arranged by SNA at the Rochambeau Library, which stayed open specifically for the 6 p.m. meeting.

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Overnight Parking coming to Summit

By Kerry Kohring
SNA board member

The city is unilaterally instituting overnight on-street parking throughout the city without the approval of residents or their elected representatives, the City Council.

According to the city’s web site, what began last year on the West End as a “pilot overnight parking program” will be expanded to all other parts of the city “through the spring and summer, neighborhood by neighborhood.” There is no specific timetable as yet for implementation in the Summit neighborhood, but when it comes, this is what will happen.

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Water flowing from supplemental pipes

Water has begun flowing through an above-ground system of pipes and hoses to a small segment of the Summit neighborhood in preparation for below-ground work on storm-sewer lines.

Crews from the contractor for the Narragansett Bay Commission have hooked flexible blue hoses from pipes along the street to the outside faucets of residences along portions of Overhill, Bayard, Eighth, Sarah and Brewster between Hope and Sarah. The workers then turned off the main intake valves inside the homes and water flowed into rather than out of the faucets, in effect providing free unmetered service.

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Temporary water-supply pipes part of massive drain project

By Anthony Arrigo
SNA board member

The installation of temporary water-supply pipes above ground in the Summit neighborhood is one more example of the Narragansett Bay Commission’s (NBC) construction work on the Combined Sewer Overflow Program (CSOP), the affects of which will be felt for three to four more years.

The CSOP is a $500-million-plus project required to meet standards set by the 1972 U.S. Clean Water Act to reduce the overflow of sewage into regional waterways. Roughly 10 years ago, the NBC embarked on a comprehensive abatement program in exchange for a waiver from federal non-compliance fines, which could have been as much as $25,000 per day, per violation. The project is scheduled for completion in 2015.

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