By SUNNY LOCKWOOD
With one member absent, the Angels Camp City Council Tuesday night approved parking restrictions for the north side of Stanislaus Avenue from Highway 49 to San Joaquin, in an effort to help keep school children safe.
The 4-0 vote stipulated no parking on the north side of Stanislaus Avenue between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Councilman Lee Seaton was absent.
Angels Camp Administrator Tim Shearer told the council that Mark Twain Elementary School youngsters walk along the north side of the street and when cars park there, the children often end up walking in the street.
He said the city has not been able to secure a grant to build a sidewalk on that side of Stanislaus Avenue, and there is not enough money in the sidewalk fund for the project.
Police Chief Tony Tacheira told the council it could be specific about parking hours and days.
Following the unanimous vote, Angels Camp resident Mike Ziehlke, who has a daughter attending Mark Twain Elementary, said, "I just want to thank Tim (Shearer) and the chief for putting some effort into this."
With school starting later this month, Shearer said the new parking rule will go into effect "as quickly as we can get a sign up there."
In other action, the city's Code Enforcement Officer Olen Murphy discussed two ordinances with the council. The first covers recreational vehicles parked in people's front yards, and boats, RVs or other vehicles parked on the street for more than 72 hours.
Murphy pointed out that the city has an ordinance against such parking, but it has not been enforced. He said he is receiving numerous complaints and wants to begin enforcing the ordinance.
Members of the audience and the council, however, had strong reservations about telling people what they can or cannot do with their private property.
According to Murphy, the ordinance says people cannot park their RVs, boats or trailers within the front 20-foot set-back of their property. A set-back measures from the property line back into the property, he said.