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O’Fallon approves resident request process for ‘no parking’ signs

At its March 28 meeting, the O’Fallon City Council unanimously approved a bill formalizing the process for residents wanting to request the installation of “no parking” signs. Mayor Bill Hennessy sponsored the legislation that was brought to the council’s attention due to an increasing number of resident requests that “no parking” signs be installed in areas around the community.

The new process outlines steps for residents to follow and also provides approval guidelines for city staff. However, the new process still would allow the city engineer to make discretionary decisions if exceptional circumstances arise.

Residents must first submit a request form including support from at least 10 separate homeowners in the area for which “no parking” signs are requested. The form should include the signatures of immediate area residents of at least 10 different households, and must designate a single resident as “Point of Contact.” City staff will then verify the names and addresses of the petitioners and ensure all information is valid.

Next, the city will gather traffic and accident data at the identified location to validate eligibility. The process will involve placing on-site counters to track traffic information, including aspects like volume, average vehicle speed and more. The city also will gather the location’s traffic accident data for the previous five years.

The city then will evaluate the findings to determine if minimum criteria are met. Three major factors will be taken into account. If a location has a minimum of average daily traffic of 600 vehicles or greater, does not meet minimum stopping sight distance requirements as stated by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials based on posted speed limits or has an average yearly accident rate greater than one per year based on the five years of collected accident data, the location will be eligible for signage.

If all three criteria are met, the city will install the signs. If two of the three criteria are met and the city engineer feels the signs are warranted, the installation will proceed.

If two of the three criteria are met but the city engineer does not feel the signs are warranted, the city’s engineering department will survey or otherwise verify that there exists among the residents a 65 percent level of support for the signs within the general area and a 75 percent level of support among property owners immediately adjacent to the area. If levels of support are verified, “no parking” signs will be installed.

If none of the three listed criteria are met or if residential demand exists without sufficient traffic findings, the signs will not be considered warranted. However, if residents still desire the signs at a location, the engineering department will survey or otherwise verify a 75-percent level of support within the general area for the parking restriction and a 90-percent level of support among property owners immediately adjacent to the area. If the levels are verified, the city would install “no parking” signs.

 

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