By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
Tuesday night at Stanton’s city hall there was a mixed crowd of disgruntled residents and proud officers and their families.
The city council meeting was opened by appreciation for Deputy Joseph Vollmer, Stanton’s Deputy of the Year 2009. Vollmer transferred to Stanton in June 2008 and is a drugs recognition expert.
Vollmer was described by Lt. Jeff Pasalaqua as an aggressive deputy on the force.
Also, Sgt. Dan Amon was honored for 40 years of service in the Sherriff’s Department for Stanton. Amon began work in Stanton in 1970, prior to which he served as a fighter plane mechanic in the Air Force from 1962 to 1966.
“Some would say this is the end of an era,” said Amon, playfully, “Others, might say this is the end of an error.”
Stanton’s residents, however, had what they felt was a separate error to voice to the city council.
Residents of Mitchell Drive, Syracuse Avenue and Garrett Street came before the city council to complain about parking and issues with trash. According to many residents, there is an issue with available street space, which they claim is being used up by residents of a nearby partment complex.
The residents also complained that these same people were parking their cars all through the neighborhood at late hours of the night and early hours of the morning causing noise disturbances and leaving trash in the road.
What they wanted was to have some form of parking enforcement which could require permits for residents and prevent parking for non-neighborhood residents in their streets. Some proposed a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew on parking.
However, the council said that enforcement of that kind with those hours would require too much of police and that permits would be difficult to enforce, such as what limitations there would be for each household.
“Technically, they [those parking] are not committing any crime by parking there,” said City Manager Carol Jacobs.
City staff had already been looking into the issue, as it had been brought to their attention at an earlier meeting.
In order to come to a full resolution on the issue, staff and the residents of the neighborhood will meet together in a study session in April to further discuss the problem and possible solutions.