On the same day Ohio Valley Medical Center celebrated the opening of its new Robert C. Byrd Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Center, the hospital received preliminary approval from the Wheeling Traffic Commission of its request to restrict parking in alleys near the facility.
The request, if approved by City Council, would eliminate parking on part of the north side of Lane 19, which runs along the south end of the 2211 Eoff St. building, and on both sides of Lane D, which runs behind the building.
Commissioner Chris Hamm asked whether emergency vehicles could get through the alley, but Wheeling fire Capt. Deric Jamison said as a rule, ambulances and fire trucks avoid alleys whenever possible. OVMC Director of Safety and Security Brad Simms, representing the hospital at the meeting, said hospital employees who typically park in those areas should use the nearby city garage between Market and Chapline streets.
"It's better to have that alley clear for security reasons," Simms said.
Hamm advised Simms that like all other items that come before the Traffic Commission, the request must be approved by City Council after two readings.
Simms asked if the hospital would be responsible for posting signs, but Hamm said the city would take care of that.
- The Wheeling Traffic Commission's next
meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at the City-County Building, 1500 Chapline St.