Beverly Drive residents asks for parking help

Wilmette officials told a Beverly Drive man Aug. 26 that they will check into parking problems he and neighbors are having because of construction in their neighborhood. | File
Wilmette officials told a Beverly Drive man Aug. 26 that they will check into parking problems he and neighbors are having because of construction in their neighborhood. | File

A summer of home renovation and construction on his street has also been a season of nerves, frustration and at least one fender-bender for a Beverly Drive resident, he told Wilmette trustees Tuesday.

Sasha Rosenthal asked the village to step up parking controls by letting contractors know that their workers risk tickets if they don’t obey parking restrictions in the neighborhood.

Right now, he said, workers at three separate locations – two house constructions and one renovation site – on his relatively short l-shaped street in southwest Wilmette have parked trucks and panel vans on either side of the street. That’s not only illegal, since parking is restricted to one side of Beverly, but it makes it dangerous for people to drive down the street, he said.

“This has created a hazard, not just an inconvenience,” Rosenthal said. “It’s dangerous getting through the street, especially around the bend, which is a blind curve anyhow. Now you have the anxiety of hitting someone.”

His car has already been sideswiped once this summer, Rosenthal said before asking, more or less rhetorically, who he should send his repair bill to.

“I’m afraid you’ll have to send it to your insurance company,” Village Manager Tim Frenzer responded, to which Rosenthal replied, “not with a $500 deductible … but you know what I mean.”

He and other residents have called police and Village Hall on several occasions. Although police have responded, the problem continues, he said.

“Rather than have residents keep calling police … maybe the department of community development can let the contractors know, ‘These are the parking regulations. Don’t have your panel vans on both sides of the street, or you’ll get ticketed.’”

Frenzer assured Rosenthal that he would speak with police department officials about the issue the next day, and Village President Bob Bielinski asked John Adler, the village’s Community Development Director, to work with Rosenthal on the problem.

VAN GUARD WHERE: Beverly Drive WHAT: parking woes WHY: construction trucks

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