St. Ann Causing Parking Problems on 6th St., Resident Says

Maggie McElroy, 432 S. 6th St., approached Emmaus Borough Council last night to ask for help with the parking problems in her neighborhood.

Maggie McElroy and her neighbors are unhappy and they are hoping that Emmaus Borough Council can help.

That’s why, McElroy, who lives across from St. Ann School at 432 S. 6th St., addressed council at last night’s meeting, asking council to do something about “the craziness of parking and driving” on S. 6th Street.

Specifically, McElroy said that the road is quite busy during the pick-up and drop-off times for St Ann School, as well as when parents are dropping off and picking up children for CCD classes on Wednesday nights.

“We (the residents) are very unhappy,” McElroy said. “We need to work together as far as the school and the residents go so that everybody is happy.”

McElroy told council that she recognizes that she lives on a block with on-street parking and is not guaranteed a parking space in front of her home, but she stressed that her issues go beyond whether or not she is able to park in front of her house.

McElroy said she is concerned for the safety of the children she sees being picked up after dark on S. Sixth Street and wonders why parents aren’t using the St. Ann’s parking lot which is better lit than S. 6th Street.

“It’s a kind of laziness,” she said. “They all just want to loop and swoop and there are all the kids running in the dark.”

McElroy also asked whether her block could be given resident parking permits like the area around Emmaus High School, adding that she has family that lives near the high school.

McElroy’s concerns were referred to council’s Public Safety Committee, headed by Councilman Brent Labenberg. The next Public Safety Committee meeting is on Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. in Emmaus Borough Hall.

Do you have a parking issue in your neighborhood? Tell us about it in the comments below.

An interested bystander February 05, 2013 at 04:01 PM
If there are safety issues, by all means deal with them. But sorry neighbor, unless you're 80+yrs old the church and school were there long before you were (church was built in 1930, school in the basement / separate school building built in 1949). You need to deal with it, not the other way around. I also wonder, did this neighbor go over to talk to the principal and pastor about their concerns first, before going to council?
Laura Hartzel Mory February 05, 2013 at 05:03 PM
As a parent with two children in the CCD program, I am surprised at the parking situation at St. Ann's. The CCD program sends out numerous reminders to parents not to park on 6th street or Fairview St and to utilize the large parking lot when picking up kids. Apparently the reminders don't seem to be working. Perhaps Emmaus Council can assist St. Ann's with getting parents to stop parking on these streets.
Barrytee February 05, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Hey Interested Bystander, That is a pretty ignorant comment, come block my driveway and you will have to deal with it.
An interested bystander February 05, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Barry if someone is blocking your driveway have them towed. I'm not advocating lawlessness, just common sense (which is in apparent short supply on 6th Street).
Sheriffchris February 05, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Excuse me Laura, but as a resident of Emmaus I can park on any public street ...not just my own, this is not private roads. I think it is the volume of cars and perhaps the confusion at programs end that is causing issues.
Barrytee February 05, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Thank-you Laura, It needs to be better organized so residents coming home from work won't have to park a half block away. Only two have driveways.
Barrytee February 05, 2013 at 10:03 PM
You are right, the parents and teachers who park on 6th have no common sense or respect for the residents. They have 3 lots, use them.
An interested bystander February 05, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Barry, have you walked across the street and talked to anyone about this?
ted.dobracki February 05, 2013 at 11:08 PM
No one owns the streets. I used to live at First and North in Emmaus and had only onstreet parking in my half of a twin house. In those days, the upper baseball field on Ridge had a different configuration with the closet parking on my block, so nearly any day that I got home from work just a few minutes late in the Spring, I'd be forced to park up near Keystone. We just dealt with it, and later after we moved and my kids played ball, we parked in front of our old house too!
Laura Hartzel Mory February 05, 2013 at 11:24 PM
I too live on a busy street in Emmaus where I don't always get a parking spot right by my house. Like you said, you just deal with it. But if you experienced the craziness of pickup at St. Ann's on a Wednesday evening, you would understand why the school requests/insists that parents don't park on these streets. The safety of the kids is the main concern -- having happy neighbors with a place to park is just an added bonus.
seriously February 06, 2013 at 12:39 PM
You live across from a Catholic Church and School. Drop off and pick up are necessary. If you really do not like it.. move. It has been this way for years. If you are so ignorant that you are more concerned with where you park your car than the safety of children in pre school through grade 8 then you really should not live in that area or anywhere near other human beings.
seriously February 06, 2013 at 12:41 PM
And Barrytee, no one is blocking anyones driveway. I am at the school everyday. If you are threatening people perhaps you need a little visit from the Emmaus police department.
Barrytee February 06, 2013 at 02:17 PM
No threat was made, the last 4 times my driveway was blocked on a Sunday I called the police once because we could not get out. We are talking about the safety of the children, if you are so ignorant you do not see a problem on Wed. night then you are part of the problem.
seriously February 06, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Barrytee, Wednesday night has NOTHING to do with the School itself. It is Prep/CCD night and has to do with the Church and the public school students who attend classes. Find out who you are blaming before you blame. The students who attend St Ann DO NOT attend the CCD/Prep classes on Wednesday night. Those are made up of children from the East Penn School District. If you have a drive way and it is blocked then simply call the police like you say you have done in the past. The students at St Anns are not the problem it is those attending the CCD/Prep classes. Do a little homework before you complain on a web page. You live across the street from the church. Are you really too lazy to walk a hundred feet?
Emily Moore February 06, 2013 at 10:01 PM
St. Ann School and the Church of St. Ann would like to apologize to their neighbors on South 6th Street. “We were surprised to read the article in the Emmaus Patch since we were not directly approached by concerned residents” explains Mrs. Diana Kile, Principal at St. Ann School. “Our children’s safety is of the utmost importance while they are in our care here at St. Ann’s”. St. Ann School has enforced a drop off policy for more than 6 years, where all students are dropped off in the upper church parking lot, and sent in through a side door on Fairview Street. The cars enter and exit through the lower church parking lot entrance on South 5th Street, alleviating any car traffic on Fairview or South Sixth Streets in the morning, in order to allow room for the buses. The doors on Fairview Street are the only doors students may enter during drop off time in the morning. The pick-up procedure is similar to the morning drop off procedure. Parents park in the upper church lot, and then proceed to the gym to pick up their child. Cars enter and exit through the lower parking lot on South 5th Street, again alleviating car traffic on Fairview and South Sixth Streets.
Emily Moore February 06, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Our PREP (Parish Religious Education Program- formerly CCD), which runs on a Wednesday night, is for children of the parish who do not attend St. Ann’s School “We do have a procedure in place that specifically prohibits parking on South 6th and Fairview Streets, similar to the procedure that St. Ann School parents follow”, says Christine Kimock, Director of Religious Education for the Church of St. Ann. “We will remind our PREP parents of this procedure.” Mrs. Kile has requested that staff refrain from parking on the south-bound side of South 6th Street during school hours. This will allow for residents to have more accessible parking in front of their homes. Brief parking on South Sixth Street will continue for Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten drop off/pick-up, which occurs several times each day, but only lasts approximately 10-15 minutes each time. Preschool students enter and exit the building through one of the doors on South Sixth Street.
millertime February 06, 2013 at 10:37 PM
heyinterested bystander i lived in emmaus my whole life these houses were here before the school pal. mMy house was built 1927. u all are just lazy
jmil1150 February 08, 2013 at 07:34 PM
I have just today read the articles regarding parking on S 6th Street. I have lived on S 6th Street for 30 years. I am VERY disgusted by the remarks made by "interested bystander". I would like to know what makes you an "interested bystander"? Do you live on this street? Do you attend the church? The problems with parking on this street are very real and yes, I have approached someone from the church. This is a neighborhood, people live here. As christians, I would think that you would like to see a resolution to the situation instead of spouting off about something you know nothing about.
Patrice Sidoione All That Salon February 10, 2013 at 10:28 PM
I live new to S 6th St Love the area...BUT I do notice on Sundays if I want to pull out of my driveway when the people are coming to church or leaving church I can wait for an exit out of my driveway for 10 minuutes...I have to smile because the failure for even one of the people to stop their car & let me out is not there...I find it amusing coming to or from CHURCH where the desire to love & do good are reinjected into a person...smile & coming or going the common courtisy factor has not taken root. The chaos you have only 1/2 a block up from me I am not experiencing. BUT hopeful;ly we can all think about the greater good & exercise some civility...
Linda February 11, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Seriously?! Of course the students at St. Anns are not the problem. They don't drive, silly. The parents, teachers, and staff are the problem. Please park in the lot. That's what it's for. P.S. And let's not miss another anger management class :-)


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