KEYSER - The Keyser City Council may be taking a look soon at the residential parking area around the WVU Potomac State College campus.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Keyser City Council may be taking a look soon at the residential parking area around the WVU Potomac State College campus.
Council member William Zacot told his fellow officials recently that he had received a complaint from a resident of Spring Street in regard to the special parking zone which has been in place for approximately seven years.
In response to a plea back then from residents of the area surrounding the college, the special parking zone was put into place requiring a parking sticker for anyone parking on the streets overnight between 4 p.m. and 7 a.m.
The residents were complaining at the time that college students were leaving vehicles on the streets for weeks at a time, leaving those living in the area no place to park their vehicles.
The officials serving at that time chose the 4 p.m.-7 a.m. time frame so college students could park during the day, but residents would be able to park in the evening and overnight.
Approximately two years after it was first implemented, the area was enlarged to include additional streets at the residents’ request.
According to Zacot, the resident he spoke which recently is complaining that permit-holders are parking trailers on the street or “taking apart junk cars on the sidwalk … at all hours of the night.”
Vehicles are also being left unattended while running, and parking on the yellow lines and at fire hydrants.
It would also seem the special zoning is still not keeping students from taking up a large portion of the parking.
“I have been approached by numerous residents … Why are our residents paying taxes on their property and being forced to park elsewhere?” he said, adding, “These college students are coming in and taking up all the residential parking.”
Former Keyser City Council member Marques Rice, who happened to be in the audience during the meeting, told the officials that at the time the residential parking was implemented, “The residents up there agreed to it.”
Mayor Damon Tillman noted that “over half the college students are commuters” and on-campus parking is limited.
“Well I told the residents I would bring it up and if they wanted, they could get up a petition,” Zacot said.