Township acts to establish no-parking zone along Country Club Drive

By: Robin Ruehlen | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published November 26, 2013

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Following parking issues on a residential street adjacent to a new restaurant on Telegraph Road, township officials are hoping new signage will get the message across to patrons.

The Board of Trustees approved the process to obtain a traffic control order from the Road Commission for Oakland County to establish a no-parking zone on Country Club Drive. Supervisor Leo Savoie said the order will prohibit stopping, standing and parking along both sides of Country Club Drive from Telegraph Road to a point 700 feet east of the Road Commission’s right of way.

“We have installed no-parking signs, but we need to get approval from Oakland County, and the first step is the traffic control order.”

Savoie noted that due to the success of the new Mex Restaurant at 6675 Telegraph (formerly Big Boy), patrons were choosing to park in front of residential properties on Country Club, thus raising safety concerns with those neighbors.

“In my opinion, the main issue of safety is based on the following issues: Parked cars are creating vision obstructions and other safety hazardous situations for traffic and pedestrians utilizing the roadway,” Savoie wrote.

“Parked cars also obstruct the clearance for emergency vehicles to enter the neighborhood. General maintenance of the gravel roadways is also in question.”

Clerk Jan Roncelli said that although the restaurant had signed an agreement to direct overflow parking to the Jewish Federation building across the street, “the sign on the pole was so small, no one could see it, so they began parking on the street.

“It makes things very difficult if you are going north or south coming out on Country Club, because only one car could get through at a time,” she said of the dead-end street.

Neighbors had also complained that patrons were using their driveways as a means to turn around when attempting to navigate the narrow street. 

Roncelli said the restaurant has since added a valet parking service to help combat the problem, as well as applied to the Road Commission for its own signs.

“Now that we’ve put up our signs, the problem seems to have subsided a little,” she said.

Savoie said that while the order does prohibit residents from parking on the street, most homes have large circular driveways that mostly eliminate the need for it.

“Unless they have a special event, it should not impact them,” he said.

“The neighbors are aware of this, and also (are) aware of the fact that if they are having a party, they can notify us, and our Police Department can handle it accordingly.”