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12 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21 - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014 NEWS Cape Gazette Delivery two measures: ending deliveries by noon during the summer and establishing a delivery loop for Continued from page 1 trucks by establishing 0ne-way streets on parts of Baltimore and cussed was a 4 p.m. deadline for Wilmington. deliveries. "We've got to do something. City Manager Sharon Lynn said It's getting dangerous," Banks she envisions putting together a said. pilot program next summer, but Ending afternoon deliveries she said she's seeking consensus was immediately shot down. from the business community Dos Locos co-owner Ioe Zuber before moving forward, said getting delivery trucks off "There's a problem here. Let's the road by noon would be im- try to fLX it," Lynn told the busi- possible, a sentiment echoed by ness owners, other restaurant owners and the Lynn held six earlier meet- liquor truck drivers, who said ings on the topic of deliveries, they cannot deliver until 9 a.m., with the goal of taking recom- giving them only three hours to mendations to the streets and service every client in the city. transportation committee and Bill Klemkowski, owner of then the city commissioners, lake's Seafood, said if there were Going into the Nov. 17 meet- a noon cap on deliveries, the city ing, Lynn and Chief Keith Banks would find itself inundated with thought they had consensus on trucks rushing to beat the dead- , ,ho C,,ff~.e ,.,1~r w , 'l*r~ ,. C ~,.p ') . / Y Rehoboth Ave Rehoboth Ave Ielmington Ave ..-4,- A MAP of the proposed tra.ffic pattern for Wilmington avenues. CHRISTOPHER D. FOSTER ARTWORK the second blocks of Baltimore and line. Bill McComb, a driver with Avenue and First Street. Banks food purveyor Sysco, said while said there have been several ac- he could come as early as the cidents at that area. city would allow him to, deliver- ies take at least 20 minutes per business, with some businesses getting large deliveries that take an hour or more to offload. One-way traffic Banks said there are no plans to change the traffic or delivery policy on Rehoboth Avenue, but a one-way delivery loop on nar- row Baltimore and Wilmington avenues would keep the trucks on one side of the street and im- prove safety. Business owners in atten- dance greeted this idea more enthusiastically, although they recommended reversing Lynn's original proposal, which would have called for traveling east on Wilmington and west on Baltimore. They recommended traffic should travel east on Bal- timore and west on Wilmington, so trucks and other traffic would make only right-hand turns. Rex Rogosch, owner of r Squared Design at 39 Baltimore Ave., suggested using the right side of the street as loading and offloading zones during the day and converting that space to parallel parking for the din- ner crowds. Klemkowski and Rogosch recommended ending deliveries at 4 p.m. Steve Elkins of CAMP Re- hoboth, 37 Baltimore Ave., said the one-way street idea was a good one that could be done for a year and later tweaked if neces- sary. Elkins said the city should also have pedestrian safety signs at the four-way stop at Baltimore Plan draws opposition Opposing the traffic plan was Frank Cole, owner of Atlantic Cycle on Wilmington Avenue's beach block. He said turning the second blocks of Wilming- ton and Baltimore into one-way streets heavily favors the restau- rants and could turn the beach blocks of both Streets into com- mercial ghettos by hindering access to those businesses. "You're just making it harder for customers to get to existing businesses," Cole said. After the meeting, Cole said, "The conversion would also lead to increased average speeds on both streets, creating a hazard- ous condition for bicyclists and pedestrians. Lastly, it would create a virtual maze for anyone attempting to navigate through the city." 4" 4" 4- Style for Today ~ Quality for Tomorrow Wescoats Comer & Savannah Road (Behind Walgreens) 302-644-8772