The City Council intends to pass an ordinance on March 5 banning daylight parking along most of East and West Mercer Ways and parts of North Mercer Way. The proposed Dawn to Dusk policy is difficult on residents because the hours can change so much during the year. If they want to have an evening barbecue in July, their guests can't park on the street till after 10pm. If someone is sleeping over, they better be prepared to move their cars at 4:30am.
Councilman Dan Grausz feels that paving some shoulders has given the City the right to dictate how all of them are used. On February 21 he said that if he'd known they would be used for parking he wouldn't have bothered to pave them. He forgets that the paving was paid for by taxpayers--among them the people who live next to these shoulders.
There aren't many shoulders that are wide enough to park on, but there are some and they are precious. Right now, people can use them to visit friends, pick up their mail or stop at a yard sale. If parents want to wait for the schoolbus or take their kids to a party, they can park without fear of a ticket. If someone is having work done on his house, he and the workers have a place to park.
If the City Council has their way that flexibility will be gone and the greenery along the Mercer Ways will become blighted with miles of No Parking signs. At a time when burglaries are on the rise, the police will be busy enforcing the parking ban.
Councilwoman Jane Meyer Brahm pointed out that City Staff recommended AGAINST implementing this policy--and there is no data to support a need for it. She described it as the City using a sledgehammer when a feather would do.
I hope the people of Mercer Island will think about how this policy will harm our relaxed way of life and tell the Council to vote against it.