Missing rocks cause parking issue

After being rocked by a complaint, Coupeville leaders are examining the parking situation on a portion of Front Street.

Officials recently removed several large rocks that were placed on the side of Front Street between Kinney and Center streets. Those rocks were placed on the side of the street years ago to help discourage parking.

However, a resident told Mayor Nancy Conard that 15 cars parked on that side of Front Street over the Memorial Day weekend.

Conard said during last week’s Town Council meeting that, even with the rocks gone, there isn’t enough space for cars to park legally.

Council member Bob Clay noted there are “no parking” signs on the street where the rocks were located.

The rocks were pulled from the side of Front Street a week or two ago, Conard said. The rocks are currently at the town shop. They were removed to make it easier for maintenance workers to mow the grass.

Town Marshal David Penrod said the marshal’s office hasn’t received a single parking complaint since the rocks were removed. He said officers normally don’t respond to parking complaints on holidays unless safety is a concern.

“If it’s not a safety issue, we normally look the other way,” Penrod said about Memorial Day weekend parking.

He added that officers will monitor the parking situation and they may start issuing warnings to motorists parking on that strip of property.

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