City seeking a solution to School Lane parking

By Lynn R. Parks

In response to complaints from residents, the city of Seaford is considering banning parking along much of School Lane. The street, which runs between the Seaford Middle School and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, is a favorite parking area for fans who are attending Seaford High and Seaford Middle hockey games. Residents of State, Linden and Washington streets have to pull onto School Lane to exit their development. City manager Dolores Slatcher told members of the city council that she had received complaints that cars parked along School Lane block the view of drivers trying to pull onto the street. The plan, which the council approved last week, was also approved by the school district, according to Slatcher, who met with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Russ Knorr on Monday. It was agreed that no action would be taken until after the final field hockey game on Oct. 29. The plan would eliminate parking on the east side of School Lane, from Norman Eskridge Highway to Linden Street, and on the west side of the street from just past State Street to Virginia Avenue. That would mean that street parking along the school’s tennis courts would be banned. The plan would also eliminate parking within 30 feet of all the intersections along School Lane. “When cars are parked on both sides of the road, it really gets choked up in there,” city building official Mike Mulvaney said.
Slatcher said that residents were also concerned about students running out onto the street between parked cars. When the hockey team wins a game, players traditionally run across School Lane to the schoolyard, to ring the school’s “victory bell.” Daniel Boyle lives on State Street and is one of the residents who complained to the city about the parking. He said that while he is pleased that the city is considering partially eliminating parking, he would like to see parking along School Lane banned on both sides of the street. “We are putting kids in jeopardy,” he said. “You have kids running between cars and I am afraid that we will have an accident we will regret. I have seen so many close calls. It is just way too tight in there.” It is not just high school and middle school students who are crossing the street, he added. Younger children are often in the area, to watch games. Boyle said that when cars are parked on both sides of School Lane, there is not enough room for oncoming cars to pass. “Parked cars are taking up both sides of the street, and the parking lot at the end of the street by the high school is empty,” he said. “It wouldn’t hurt these people to park there and walk to the field.” Joyce McMasters, who also lives on State Street, said that with cars parked on both sides of the street, School Lane is a dangerous area. “I almost hit a kid,” she said. The student was riding his bicycle and wasn’t watching traffic, she said. “And I couldn’t see him because of the parked cars.”

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