Williamstown City Council discusses bee habitats, no parking ordinance

Council member Jim Stage, left, listens as Council member Marty Seufer reads the ordinance for designating Williamstown as a Bee City U.S.A. community. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

WILLIAMSTOWN — The City of Williamstown has been buzzing with environmentally friendly ways to improve the city.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, council passed the first reading of an ordinance to certify Williamstown as a Bee City U.S.A. community.

“I want this to be informational to the students and residents, to help kids be less afraid of them and how to help them thrive,” said Council member Marty Seufer.

The city, by becoming a Bee City, would be providing a healthy habitat, nearly free of pesticides, for sustaining pollinators.

“We could team up with our Tree City group to help increase the number of native trees, so that our native bees and other pollinators can have abundant native pollen,” Seufer said.

The program will need a committee. If anyone is interested in joining the Bee City U.S.A., contact the City Clerk’s Office for more information.

Also passing on first reading was the “no parking ordinance.” The ordinance has designated no parking zones on various streets due to the narrow roads.

All zones will be marked with signs, according to Council member Jim Stage.

Parking will not be allowed on the following sides of the following streets:

* Oakwood Avenue between Water Street and Snodgrass Lane, east side.

* Oakwood Avenue between Water Street and Fifth Street, west side.

* Nash Avenue between East Ninth Street and East 10th Street, east side.

* Woodview Drive between Naish Avenue and end of street, north side, south of 205 Woodview property line.

* East 10th Street between Naish Avenue and Woodview Drive, south side.

* East Ninth Street, north side, except from the stop sign at Naish Avenue to Coopers Lane, no parking on either side.

* East Eighth Street, no parking on either side, and West Eighth Street, no parking either side, except from Henderson Avenue to Cherry Avenue on Eighth Street, which has parking on the south side.

* East Sixth Street, entire street from Highland Avenue, north side.

* East Fifth Street, no parking either side.

* West Seventh Street, consisting of the 300, 400 and 500 blocks extending from Williams Avenue to Henderson Avenue, south side.

* West Seventh Street from Poplar Avenue to Williams Avenue, south side.

* West Seventh Street from Williams Avenue to Highland Avenue, north side.

* West Sixth Street between Columbia Avenue and Williams Avenue, including offset of Williams Avenue, south side.

* West Fifth Street, no parking either side.

* All of Fourth Street between Henderson Avenue and Caroline Avenue.

* West Fourth Street between Poplar Avenue and end of 800 block, north side.

* West Fourth Street from Henderson Avenue to Dodge Avenue, north side. * West Four and a Half Street from Highland Avenue to intersection of West Four and a Half Street and Park Avenue, south side.

* Front Street between Dodge Avenue and Julia Avenue, south side.

* Third Street, State Route 14, no parking either side.

* Kibler Lane between Dodge Avenue and end of street, north side.

* All of Caroline Avenue, west side.

* All of Victoria Avenue, east side.

* All of Columbia Avenue, east side.

* Williams Avenue between Sixth Street and Eighth Street, east side.

* Williams Avenue between Third Street and Sixth Street, west side.

* Dodge Avenue between Third Street and West Fifth Street, east side.

* Dodge Avenue between Second Street and the alley, east side.

* Dodge Avenue from Third Street to Front Street, no parking either side.

* Main Street between alley and Front Street, east side.

* Main Street from Second Street to Front Street, west side.

* Park Avenue between Four and a Half Street and West Fifth Street, east side.

* Park Avenue between the offset of West Fifth Street and West Fifth Street, east side

* 70 feet north on Highland Avenue, west side, from East Fourth Street, to the corner.

* Highland Avenue, west side, from the northwest side of Front Street to the southwest side of Third Street.

* Highland Avenue, west side, north between East Fifth Street and East Sixth Street.

* Highland Avenue, 55 feet south on east side from West Eighth Street, to corner.

* Highland Avenue, west side, 300 feet north of Ninth Street.

* Highland Avenue, west side, from bridge to East Fourth Street.

* Highland Avenue, west side, from north side of alley, south to Third Street.

* Highland Avenue, west side, from north side of alley, north to Second Street.

* Cherry Avenue, east side, from Fifth Street to Eighth Street.

* Sherwood Drive, south side, from the corner of Sherwood Drive and Highland Avenue running west for 700 feet to the northwest corner of lot 15 Sherwood Drive.

* Elizabeth Street from Poplar Avenue to Cherry Avenue.

* Elizabeth Street from Henderson Avenue to Victoria Avenue, south side.

* Caroline Avenue, Fifth Street to Eighth Street, east side.

* Huggins Drive, from top end of Huggins Drive near reservoir, to 809 Huggins Drive, west side, except from 809 Huggins Drive to East Ninth Street, no parking on either side.

* Water Street from Highland Avenue to Edgelawn Avenue, south side, except between Oakwood Avenue and Edgelawn Avenue no parking either side.

* Edgelawn Avenue, east side, Julia Avenue, west side.

Dave Vanhorn was appointed the code official for the city. The City Pool will open on May 31, and pool passes are discounted if bought before opening day.

A new piece of playground equipment has been ordered for Tomlinson Park, and officials are hoping to have it in the park by July 4.

The city is flushing hydrants into next week.

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