Cambridge City Council sides with mosque over neighbours, staff
The RECORD STAFF
The city is open to lawsuits if its rescue vehicles can’t move along narrow Kimberly Road, a senior city manager says.
The residential street isn’t wide enough to allow overflow parking from a nearby mosque Friday afternoons, said transportation commissioner Ed Kovacs.
“You’re at risk of liability if you keep this going,” he said, before council voted this week to continue ignoring city standards and allow limited parking on the east side of the road until July 1.
“If a fire truck or ambulance can’t get there, quite frankly, we can’t defend the city’s interests,” Kovacs said.
In October 2008, residents of Kimberly Road petitioned the city to ban parking on the east side of the street. The road was routinely jammed with cars from people attending a mosque at Galt and Elgin Streets, city staff found.
Members of the mosque complained they weren’t warned about the parking ban. In November, city council eased the restriction 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays.
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