Street sign problems resolved |

Street sign problems resolved

Amanda Hammon

“When we started this my hair was dark,” silver-haired Carson resident Evelyn Shewan joked with city supervisors Thursday.

Shewan and several of her neighbors in the Marlette, Tahoe and Topaz drives area near the Carson-Tahoe Hospital encouraged Carson supervisors to end a 30-year parking problem in their neighborhoods.

“This problem predates my arrival here,” Supervisor Jon Plan said. “And (past supervisors) have been unsuccessful getting a solution.”

Street Operations Manager John Flansberg negotiated the deal with residents to put “resident parking only” signs on private property in the three streets. The curbs on Marlette Drive will have to be painted green. The north edge of Marlette Drive and the south edge of Tahoe Drive belong to the Carson Medical Center, so parking along that part of the drive will not be restricted.

Diane Moore, Carson Medical Group office manager, said she thought the city should put signs on the medical group’s side of the streets as well as along their Mountain Street frontage to keep hospital employees from parking on the small side streets.

Enforcement of the parking ban will be the residents’ responsibility, but after 30 years of parking frustrations, the residents said they were willing to do their part.

“We intend to monitor it closely,” said Marlette Drive resident Jim Costa. “It will take a while for people to get used to, but it’s a good start and it will go a long way to solving the problem.”

Parking around the hospital has been a challenge for years, but the hospital recently spent about $600,000 to add more than 200 parking spaces, a move applauded by the residents.

“We’re very sympathetic to the residents who endure this parking scenario,” Supervisor Pete Livermore said. “The residents have a unique situation and we hope this will resolve some of their problems.”

Flansberg said he thought the signs were an appropriate solution to the problem.

“Are we going to set a precedent with this?” Flansberg asked. “I don’t know, but I have no other place in town where I have a 30-year-old parking problem.”