15th District Captain: “You’re not allowed to put anything out to block your spot”

With another snowfall on its way, Mayfair residents noted at last night’s civic association meeting that some people are already saving their parking spots.

“You’re not allowed to put anything out to block your spot,” said Capt. Bachmayer of the 15th District — especially when the snow hasn’t even begun to fall.

Coming up in Mayfair

3rd Annual Fallen Heroes Run The May 14 event will benefit fallen Police Officer Patrick McDonald. The goal is to get 400 runners. The FOP and Local 22 have donated $1,000 each. The first $5,000 raised will benefit the Hero Thrill Show. The second $5,000 raised will go to the Patrick McDonald Scholarship Fund.

Mayfair Memorial Playground Fundraiser On Saturday, Feb. 19, AOH Division 4 will host a fundraiser for the playground at Rowland Ave. and Vista St. The $30 tickets include beer, food, wine, soda and entertainment. Contact Shawn Murphy for tickets.

Bachmayer hosted a town hall at the end of the civic meeting to address neighborhood concerns. Among them were the Shamrock Shuttle, Erin Express, Leprachaun Loop and Celtic Cruise — the four bar tours that hit Frankford Avenue every spring.

Both Bachmayer and civic association president Joe DeFelice said they’re not out to shut down the events, and they’re not opposed to bars profitting. They want to control the quality of life issues like public intoxication and urination.

“I could not arrest my way out of that,” Bachmayer told residents who asked about the legality of open alcohol containers outside bars during the shuttle events. He went on to say if his officers arrested everyone with an open container, there’d be no one left to patrol the streets because they’d all be doing paperwork.

The civic association board said it wants to create an open dialog with the participating bars to recommend regulations for the events. Warm weather usually pushes the bar-goers onto the avenue, resulting in unpleasant encounters with nearby homeowners. One resident recalled a young woman urinating on her garage because there weren’t enough accessible bathrooms.

DeFelice said his organization will begin taking suggestions for the bar owners to consider to help keep business inside the bars and out of the neighborhood.

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