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Bacon Street Parking Ban Will Go to Council for Vote

Nazareth's Police Committee wants the full Council to approve a parking ban on the narrow and heavily traveled Bacon Street.

Nazareth Borough Council will vote on a motion next month to ban parking on Bacon Street. 

The narrow street is connected to S. Broad Street (Route 191), just before the intersection to Jandy Boulevard. Bacon Street is often used as a shortcut to CVS, The Learning Experience and the Raceway Plaza, which houses businesses like Dunkin Donuts and Dario’s Pizza.

Jack Herbst, chairman of the borough’s Police Committee, said Bacon turns into a one-lane street when cars are parked along the side. 

“It’s like playing chicken. Who’s going to pull over first?” Herbst said. “I think we can eliminate that problem by not allowing parking on that street." 

According to Herbst, the homes along Bacon have garages or driveways.

“They can get off the street,” he noted. 

Council President Dan Chiavaroli said he regularly sees a pickup truck with its mirror folded in and a Camaro with an out-of-state license plate parked along Bacon.

“I don’t think I’ve seen [the Camaro] move in weeks,” he said.

Chiavaroli’s comments led to a discussion about extended parking in the borough.

When there is a parking complaint and the police department is notified, according to Chiavaroli, officers will check back on the offending vehicle in 72 hours. 

If the vehicle remains in place, the owner will receive a citation. The vehicle’s owner then has another 72 hours to move.

Police Chief Thomas Trachta said parking and snow removal complaints should be made via Northampton County’s non-emergency line, (610) 759-2200.

JASON GABRIEL February 20, 2013 at 08:50 AM
That must be part of the plan 'B' that was mentioned earlier.
Wayne Schissler February 20, 2013 at 10:14 PM
If plans A, B, and C involved removing an impediment along the short cut to the doughnut shop they probably would have never been mysteries!
rick troxell February 21, 2013 at 03:46 AM
Really? No one looked at this before the mini mall was built?? How about just not allowing mall traffic to exit onto bacon street. Have them exit the same way they enter, off of 191. Many streets in the Borough could easily be made no parking or one way for the same reason.
sherry February 23, 2013 at 06:05 PM
I agree with Mr. Troxell. Instead of taking parking AWAY from the residents have the patrons of the mini mall exit as they enter, off of 191. People's right to park in the street by their house should not be infringed upon. Bacon St. should be 1-way parking. I live on a one way parking street & it is not bad. Just need patience sometimes (S. Green st. near the old St. Regis plant). There are times (like holidays) that guests need to park across the street because I can only accommodate 2 cars in my driveway. One-way parking has worked here for many years. My biggest problem didn't start until this past year when people who live in an apartment started using the corner of S. Green & Mulberry as a place to park their vehicle on regularly, making it a two-way parked street & traffic trying to get by as well. I always thought that side of the road (near the garages) was no parking. Its been our family's house for over 40 years & never saw anyone park there. I thought for sure someone would explain the situation at least by winter time because they are usually there for large portions of time but haven't seen that & they still park there. It been a little scary at times mainly because a lot of large trucks use this road. I've seen some near collisions. I guess we need a councilman to use this road & notice that parking on both sides of the road does not work well here. In the meantime I'll continue to pray for the welfare of my fellow travelers.
ralphy may February 28, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Funny how herbst says that they have garages and driveways even though he doesnt even use his own he gets a handicapped spot right outsidr his own house when he has a garage in the rear

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