Parking study

Bellevue’s engineer will be asked to provide alternate plans for parking and handicapped-accessible ramps in Bayne Park while council wrangles with what work should be done in conjunction with the construction of a skate plaza there.

Plans to extend the current lot and widen the driveway to accommodate two passing vehicles met with opposition from elected officials and residents due to the amount of “green” space that would be lost.

Although many officials agree that more parking is needed at the park, council member Jane Braunlich said at Tuesday’s council work session that additional parking is not mandatory in order to build the skate plaza with grant funds. The ADA ramps are the only requirement, she said.

Assistant director of administrative services Katie Hale said that the borough could not do the ADA work without first deciding where parking would be, because that will impact what ADA adjustments are needed.

Parks committee chairman Susan Viscusi said that the committee wanted the engineer to develop a plan for more parking that would involve the least amount of green space loss.

Council voted 5-1 to spend up to $1,500 in engineering fees for the project. Braunlich was opposed. Kathy Coder, Jim Viscusi and Lisa Blaney-Stewart were absent.

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