Union Grove

Village creates ‘no parking zone’ near high school

Officials hope parking ban will improve safety

By Dave Fidlin


With student safety in mind, Union Grove officials have adopted a resolution in support of creating a “no parking zone” along a small segment of Main Street.

After working through several committees, the Village Board voted in favor of creating the no parking zone, which runs along Main Street, between 7th Avenue and the entrance to the southernmost entrance into the Union Grove High School parking lot.

Trustee Adam Graf, who chairs the Police Commission, said the proposal first bubbled to the surface after fielding input from deputies within the Racine County Sheriff’s Department.

Graf said one of the deputies expressed concerns to the Police Commission of a potential motorist blind spot if vehicles are parked near a northbound crosswalk that high school students use to get to the facility.

“He recommended, let’s leave that open so there’s vision to see the kids crossing the street,” Graf said at the Village Board meeting, which was held Aug. 8.

Village President Steve Wicklund said he viewed the proposal as a logical one to enhance safety protocols for students and other residents using the crosswalk as pedestrians.

“Who can argue with that?” Wicklund said of the proposal.

Other entities that had reviewed the no parking zone proposal included the village’s Administration Committee and the utility-related Water, Storm Water, Wastewater and Streets Committee.

As noted in the approved document, Director of Public Works Rick Piette has the green light to “procure, erect and maintain the appropriate sign in such location and manner as will best effect the purpose of this resolution.”

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