Overnight median parking in Sun City now prohibited

MCSO will provide enforcement

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There will be no more overnight parking in median lots in Sun City.

The median parking lots on Peoria Avenue and the one on Mountain View Road, where it branches off from 107th Avenue, will have signage posted that warns against parking there between 9:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m., according to Clint Hickman, District 4 Maricopa County supervisor.

“Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will begin enforcing that as soon as the signs go up,” Mr. Hickman said Feb. 13.

Those signs had not been posted by Feb. 19. But the supervisors’ decision was announced during the Sun City Home Owners Association Roads and Safety Committee by Pam Schwartz, acting chairwoman.

“The supervisors approved this by a unanimous vote,” she said.

The committee pushed for something to combat vehicles that park in the lots and rarely, if ever, leave. That has been the case in the median lot on Peoria Avenue on the west side of 107th Avenue for several months. The committee received reports that people were using the vehicle as a home and were witnessed going across the westbound lane of Peoria Avenue to use the exterior water at a home there.

The committee had also wanted vehicles parked in those medians with “For Sale” signs prohibited. Deputy Zane Hagen, MCSO community outreach officer, said that was still being worked upon.

“Once we get the correct ARS code we will move forward with that,” he said.

The Roads and Safety Committee also discussed the six welcome signs at major entrances to Sun City. The existing ones drew numerous complaints because of the phrase “The Original Fun City,” according to Ms. Schwartz. Some of those signs are also faded. Ms. Schwartz said the existing signs were placed by Recreation Centers of Sun City staff, but corporation leaders have no plans to replace the signs.

“I’ll bring this up to the SCHOA board to see if we can partner with other agencies to get them replaced,” Ms. Schwartz said.

She hopes to have signs with the phrase “City of Volunteers,” the long-time catch phrase for the community.

“Without that on our signs, some people felt we were losing our identity,” Ms. Schwartz said.

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