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.