"You know those ‘No Parking’ signs in front of many schools throughout Lakewood? Well they’re there for our children’s safety. No parking during school hours allows for safe drop-off and pickup of school children. It also permits buses to properly park rather than block traffic while loading and unloading at a school.
This week these ‘no parking’ signs in front of an elementary school on 6th street were removed, endangering school children and causing traffic issues. The Department of Public Works stated “we received orders from Committeeman Steven Langert to remove the signs”, sources say.
It is worth noting though, the signs are back up. Newly appointed Mayor Isaac Akerman ordered the signs be reinstalled after learning about their unapproved removal."
The comments on the website argued about whether it is proper to have an entire block reserved for buses to pick up and drop off schoolchildren. Why not allow parking excluding the hours that the buses need to be there?
The simple answer is that if one were allowed to park any hours of a school day there would inevitably be someone parked when a bus needs to pull up. The annoyance to have cars towed before the buses arrive is reason enough to not allow parking all days that school is in session.
If you have any problem with the inconvenience, perhaps you should start by removing the barrier that closes seventh street between Clifton and Lexington Avenue all day simply because children must cross a few times a day to the park. If it is understandable that an entire street should be blocked on school days, surely it makes sense to reserve a few parking spots for our children's safety as well.
I guess the deputy has an itchy trigger finger. Please think next time before you shoot (or remove a sign).