Handicapped parking spots to end in Kane

Special reserved parking spaces for handicapped residents in Kane will be ending.The Kane Borough Council voted 5-2 Monday to eliminate all parking spaces in residential areas that have been reserved near the homes of handicapped residents.Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwomen Janet Bard and Holly Harris and Councilmen Harold Hallberg and Bill Tunall to end the reserved parking program.Councilmen John Gentilman and Dennis Drost opposed the move.Council action came following a report by Hallberg, chairman of the Public Safety Committee.He said a study shows that the reserved parking spaces for handicapped residents near their homes are "all technically illegal." The spaces now are designated by a sign near the curb. Hallberg said the designation of the spaces for handicapped motorists fails to conform with standards."They're illegal," Hallberg said. Because the spaces fail to meet codes, non-handicapped persons could park in the spots because the police wouldn't have the legal support when issuing tickets, Hallberg indicated.Reserved parking spaces for handicapped persons exist in at least nine locations in the borough, it was pointed out.The elimination of the reserved parking spots for handicapped residents is "totally wrong," Ann Fulmer of 310 Bayard St. said after the council meeting. She came to the meeting to seek a reserved parking spot near her residence for her disabled husband, Charles.Gentilman questioned Hallberg about the study that shows the regulations for a parking place for the handicapped.See full article by purchasing the April 10 edition of The Kane Republican.