TALLMADGE — A US postal worker wasn’t able to deliver the mail because a vehicle was parked too close to the mailbox on a residential street.

The elderly resident complained about the mailbox being blocked over and over again and not receiving the mail as a result.

City Council members Jan. 9 unanimously passed an ordinance amending the traffic code section 351.03 "Prohibited standing or parking places."

"No person shall stand or park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or to comply with the provisions of this Traffic Code, or while obeying the directions of a police officer or a traffic control device, in any of the following places." A list of 28 incidents are listed, including the new addition of "in front of or within 25 feet of a mailbox."

Police Chief Ronald Williams said they usually talk to people first before issuing a parking ticket.

"People are pretty cooperative and they move their car, but in this incident they moved it initially but blocked the mailbox over and over and didn’t comply so council had to make it a law."

Parking violations are administered under local jurisdiction and it is a $5 fine if paid at the Tallmadge Police Station within 72 hours. After 72 hours but within 30 days the fine is $10. After $30 day but before 45 days, the fine rises to $100. After 45 hours, the ticket is sent to Stow Municipal Court and is subject to the fines imposed by the judge and court costs which can be substantial, Williams said.

In the ordinance passed, some of the reasons involved the United States Postal Service, "whose mission is to provide reliable, efficient, trusted and affordable universal delivery service that connects people and helps businesses grow."

"The USPS is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation; and the residents of the City of Tallmadge rely upon USPS for service; and USPS is unable to provide a reliable service to the residents of the City of Tallmadge in the event a resident’s mailbox is blocked by a vehicle parked on the street; and it is essential the residents of the City of Tallmadge have reliable access to USPS services; and USPS mail carriers need a clearance of 25 feet surrounding a mailbox to provide reliable mail delivery service; and the City of Tallmadge seeks to promote the health and well-being of all its citizens," according to the ordinance.

A list of 28 parking violations residents should be aware of include:

1) On a sidewalk, except a bicycle may be parked parallel to the streets;

2) In front of or within five feet of a public or private driveway;

3) In front of or within 25 feet of a mailbox;

4) Within an intersection;

5) Within 10 feet of a fire hydrant;

6) On a crosswalk;

7) Within 25 feet of, and upon the approach to, any flashing beacon, stop sign or traffic control device;

8) Within 30 feet of, and upon the approach to, any flashing beacon, stop sign or traffic control device;

9) Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within 30 feet of points on the curb immediately opposite to end a safety zone, unless a different length is indicated by a traffic control device:

10) Within 30 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing;

11) Within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to any fire station and, on the side of the street opposite the entrance to any fire station, within 75 feet of the entrance when it is properly posted with signs;

12) Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when such standing or parking would obstruct traffic;

13) Alongside any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street;

14) Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a street, or within a street tunnel;

15) At any place where signs prohibit stopping, standing or parking, or where the curbing or street is painted yellow, or at any place in excess of the maximum time limited by signs;

16) Within one foot of another parked vehicle;

17) On the roadway portion of a freeway, expressway, thruway, or major thoroughfare;

18) In front of any funeral director’s establishment;

19) On the streets of the city when the purpose of such parking is demonstrating the vehicle or an article in it for sale or for the purpose of advertising;

20) In such temporary non-parking areas as may be occasioned by public improvements, traffic conditions, or other emergencies when so designated and posted by the safety director; provided, however, that such temporary non-parking shall not be allowed to exist for a period of longer than 90 days;

21) Within the area known as Tallmadge Circle, except where parking space is provided immediately in front of the Tallmadge Old Town Hall, unless otherwise provided by the safety director;

22) Backed up to the curb unless it is actually loading or unloading and in such case not longer than 20 minutes unless a permit therefor is obtained from the safety director allowing an extension of time. Such extension, in no case, shall exceed one hour;

23) Upon the traveled portion of limited-access highways within the city;

24) On a strip of land paralleling the curb; or where there is no curb, the edge of the roadway, and the sidewalk; or where there is no sidewalk, the property line of the abutting property, commonly referred to as the side strip or devil strip;

25) In the ditch within a public right of way, street or highway;

26) On any other portion of a public right of way, street or highway not otherwise prohibited for more than two hours;

27) Within the front yard setback in any residentially-zoned district except upon an improved surface which shall be constructed of concrete, asphalt, permeable type pavers, gravel or other hard surface maintained to be free of excessive weeds and grass intrusion; and

28) On any such portion of a public roadway designated and posted by the director of public safety.

All ordinances can be found on the city site at Tallmadge-Ohio.org

Gannett reporter Laura Freeman can be reached at 330-541-9434 or lfreeman@recordpub.com