Landscape committee discusses parking, more

The bird viewing platform is in place and it’s time to help people use it.

The City of Warren Street Landscape Committee met Tuesday morning at Betts Park and the members agreed that there should be some one-hour parking spaces near the Pennsylvania Avenue West platform.

There is one handicapped space, but the rest of the block from almost Hickory Street to Hazel Street is “parked solid,” according to committee chairman Josie Gerardi.

She recommended that one space on each side of the handicapped space be designated one-hour parking in order to allow those who would like to use the platform. “We need to free that up for people that might want to stop there,” she said. “I think we’re missing the game without any parking.”

City Planner David Hildebrand suggested that the Walkable Warren kiosks bearing historic information about the city would also see more use if some parking were freed up in that area.

The committee members also discussed their upcoming beautification awards.

The awards are intended to showcase the efforts of a property owner and possibly encourage others to put forth more effort to beautify their properties.

The members discussed some changes to the existing format — going from awards for each ward of the city to north, south, east, and west; simplifying the application process; and possibly placing yard stakes at each winning property.

Terry Pearson, who, with Barry Clark, has been volunteering in the city and keeping the downtown area well groomed for six years, announced their “resignation” on Tuesday.

They are willing to continue on in a more limited capacity — pruning the rose bushes and planting and watering the flower pots on Liberty Street, but they won’t be doing any weeding.

“We’re leaving because it’s more than we can handle,” he said.

“We’re going to miss that help,” committee member Mary Conarro said.

The city will probably have to assign an employee there to cover that work.

“I think next season we’ll designate one or two employees that we pick up for the summer and that’s what they’ll do,” Department of Public Works Superintendent Joe Reinke said.

He said he is hopeful that a person who is assigned to that work eight hours a day could “keep up” with the work Pearson and Clark have been doing in a few hours twice a week.