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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.

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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