Brookhaven, GA – According to reports on SeeClickFix, neighbors in the Buckhead Valley Lane area are asking Brookhaven’s Public Works Department to deal with cars that are constantly parking across from each other on both sides the street – many of these being large SUV or Trucks.
“While dodging the cars and playing “chicken” with one lane and limited visibility is inconvenient at times, it is also causing a public safety and convenience hazard. There have been several times that the trash truck has not been able to make it down the street because of parked cars,” says the user who initiated the report. “I am concerned that ambulances and fire trucks will not be able to make it down the street if needed. I would like to see about how to limit parking to just one side of the street.”
A user by the name of Daisy questioned, if there is an emergency or life or death situation and the first responders can’t get to the house in time, who’s going to be blamed? “The City of Brookhaven and the homeowner who blocks the road, this is just a guess,” she continued. “Would you want to lose a family member if the first responders can’t get to your home in time? Just saying. Please HELP…..”
Public Works Director, Richard Meehan responded to this issue and said, “This Parking issue will be forwarded to our Police Department for enforcement of ordinance about cars parked in the street in a way that restricts access. Regarding establishing a no parking zone on one side of the road, since this is a subdivision road with a single entrance, we would need a formal request from the neighborhood HOA which, per our ordinance, will be submitted to the Chief of Police for a final determination.”
In a comment from Joe Gebbia, City Councilman for District 4 he’s brought the issue up to Brookhaven’s Police Chief, Gary Yandura. “I brought the issue to the attention of the police and we’re working to ensure that public safety vehicles have access to the subdivision,” said Gebbia.
The police department has increased patrols to the neighborhood and not found any violations, Chief Gary Yandura said. “We are patrolling the area to ensure that no vehicles – particularly public safety vehicles – are prevented from accessing the neighborhood,” Yandura said. “Anyone found to be in violation will be cited.”
SeeClickFix.com is an online web application and smartphone app that allows any individual to report non-emergency issues such as potholes, damaged signs, graffiti or traffic safety issues on a map for everyone to see. Brookhaven’s SeeClickFix can be found here.