Spaces at issue in borough
Northampton Borough has been getting an excessive number of requests for handicapped parking spaces lately.
"There are just too many requests," borough Manager Gene Zarayko said.
Another issue is the number of cars. Many homes are close to each other and residents have two or more vehicles.
The requests for handicapped parking add stress to a situation in which parking is already in short supply.
When a person applies for a handicapped parking space, it goes to police Chief Ron Morey so the police department can recommend for or against approval. Some of the factors affecting his decision include whether the handicapped person actually has a car and whether a garage is situated on the property.
Council rejected one application at its second meeting in June because the applicant has a garage on the property and two handicapped spaces had already been issued for the same block. Borough ordinance limits the number of handicapped spaces to two per block.
Another application was denied because the handicapped person, who moved in with her daughter, does not own a car. Two handicapped spaces already exist on her block.
When a handicapped space is permitted, the spot is not reserved for a particular resident. It can be legally used by anyone with the proper handicapped placard.