New Market to reevaluate curb markings

By Ryan Cornell

NEW MARKET — Vehicles parked too closely to intersections in town are curbing visibility, according to one resident.

New Market resident Robert Rinehimer said the town should repaint yellow markings on curbs warning drivers not to park near intersections on Congress Street.

“There are cars parking too close, where if you’re coming out of a street, you cannot see what’s coming one way or the other,” he told Town Council this week.

Rinehimer, who lives on West Lee Street, said he approached Police Chief Charles Peery about a month ago with his concerns. According to Rinehimer, Peery told him his comments were not received when he tried to relay the message.

“And that bothered me,” said Rinehimer. “If the town or somebody is not paying attention to the chief of Police, who’s in charge with security and law enforcement. That bothered me and it rubbed me a little bit the wrong way … I would like to know why the yellow curbings as a safety feature are not put back there on Congress Street.”

There had previously been yellow markings before the curbs were replaced during the town’s streetscape project.

Town Manager Mike Ritchie said the town will evaluate the issue and still needs to add white parking lines.

“If that doesn’t keep people parking in the proper positions, we may need to look at additional signage or some yellow paint,” he said after Monday’s council meeting. “Initially, after the streetscape improvements, we had thought it would just look nicer without the yellow paint, but if that’s not going to work, we’ll have to revisit that.”

At its meeting on Monday, Town Council:

  • Approved requests from the New Market Area Chamber of Commerce to use the public parking lot on South Congress Street for the Route 11 Yard Crawl and Heritage Days Fall Festival
  • Appointed Ritchie from interim town clerk to permanent town clerk
  • Awarded a certificate of appreciation to James “Junior” Steptoe in recognition for his years of service at his family’s barbershop, which has served New Market for 93 years

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com