To the Readers' Forum:
I am a resident of Covenant Manor at 23 W. Third St., Jamestown and for several years we have tried to get the local officials to lower the curb in front of our building as many of the elderly cannot safely step up or down to get in or out of whatever vehicle they need to enter or exit. This has been an impossible dream so I will not dwell on that subject.
We have a Carts bus stop in front of our building which is what I'm writing about today. Most of the time the bus cannot pull into the designated area because another vehicle is parked there. I may have discovered the reason why. When one is driving west from Main Street to Cherry Street, the street signs on the north corner of West Third and Cherry read ''No Stopping Anytime'' with an arrow pointing to the left. Right beside it and on the same level it reads ''No Standing 4:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.'' with an arrow pointing to the right. Directly below these signs is a green sign which reads ''Free Parking Zone'' ''Max 2 hr. per day.'' My question is, can you or can you not park or stop? If you park in the Free Zone, can you leave and come back the same day for another two hours or is someone there to make sure you don't come back until another day? When I took ''Driver's Ed,'' one of the things they stressed was ''You never park within 500 feet of a fire hydrant.'' Well, on our street there is a parking place before, beside and after the fire hydrant. Now on the south side of the street, at the corner of Cherry and Third, is a group of signs which are follows: ''No Standing 2 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.'' with an arrow pointing both left and right; ''No Stopping, Bus Stop, Weekdays 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.'' with an arrow pointing to the right; ''15 Minute Parking, Loading Zone, No stopping Anytime,'' with an arrow point to the right; ''Bus Stop, Weekdays, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.'' with an arrow pointing to the left; ''No Standing 2 a.m. to 7 a.m.'' and ''Carts Bus Stop,'' with an arrow pointing to the left. Is it any wonder we can't keep people from parking in the bus stop? Why can't they just say ''Parking'' or ''No Parking?''