Reaching a compromise

Deal expected on when Fourth of July chairs can hit Canonsburg streets

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CANONSBURG – A compromise on when chairs can line Pike Street for the annual July 4 parade appears to have been reached.


Borough council will vote next week to allow chairs to be placed along the route 48 hours before the parade.


The Fourth of July Committee had suggested the two-day time frame, explained Councilman Joseph McGarry in a report to borough council Monday night.


“They thought the 6 a.m. time would cause chaos,” he told council, referring to council’s earlier edict that chairs not be placed out until the morning of the Independence Day parade.


That ban caused a petition to be circulated and creation of a “Save the Canonsburg parade chairs” Facebook page.


But this year some chairs were set out as early as June 22, leading to problems when high winds blew them into the street. Others were being tied together with yellow caution tape or chained to trees, creating hazards for pedestrians.


The new recommendation is to allow seating to be placed along the route at 6 a.m. July 2.


McGarry told council the committee has done such a commendable job in organizing the event in past years that council should agree to its recommendation.


Mayor David Rhome asked council to consider enforcement and said a cooperative effort will be needed between the police and public works departments to make sure the chairs are not placed out early.


Council President John Bevec noted that two weeks prior to the parade the public works crew is painting curbs or weeding along Pike Street anyway.


“If we get a call or they see something, just gather them up and take the chairs to the garage,” he said.


Borough Manager Terry Hazlett agreed, saying that if residents are reminded, they will abide by the new times. McGarry said perhaps a sign could be placed at the end of town as well.


Council also discussed whether it should adopt a new ordinance governing the issue but solicitor Patrick Derrico said that was not necessary as police already have the power to remove hazardous property.


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