Meadville Tribune

July 17, 2013

Shopping cart group to present report tonight

By Mary Spicer
Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — During its regularly-scheduled monthly meeting, which begins today at 6 p.m. in Meadville’s city building on Diamond Park, Meadville City Council will hear recommendations from its shopping cart subcommittee on eliminating the ongoing problem of shopping carts wandering away from their retail territories and ending up in unsightly, inconvenient locations throughout the city as well as an update on early responses to the suggestions put forth by council’s parking subcommittee. The shopping cart subcommittee is comprised of councilmembers LeRoy Stearns and Bob Langley and the parking subcommittee is comprised of councilmembers Nancy Mangilo-Bittner and Langley.

Revisions to three sections of Meadville’s City Code are also scheduled.

According to City Manager Joe Chriest, updates to the city’s traffic code will incorporate several recent changes in traffic patterns as well as update other sections to bring the written code into agreement with actual conditions on the streets.

First and second readings are also scheduled on updates to the city’s “Street and Sidewalk” and “Property Maintenance” codes that will transfer jurisdiction over sidewalks to the city’s property maintenance code enforcement officials.

Historically, responsibility for seeing to it that sidewalks in the city were adequately maintained, repaired or replaced by the owners of the property immediately adjacent was under the jurisdiction of the office of city engineer. However, a series of budget cuts throughout the past decade or so resulted in the elimination of the separate position of city engineer — combining those responsibilities with those of the city manager — as well as the elimination of all the city’s sidewalk inspectors. Without inspectors to make periodic tours of the city, sidewalk maintenance-related issues have been addressed in recent years only in response to complaints.

What to watch for

Meadville City Council meets tonight at 6 p.m. in council chambers in the City Building on Diamond Park. The meeting is open to the public; audience members wishing to address council must sign up to speak either in advance or immediately prior to the beginning of the meeting.