Drivers tired of parking lot confusion

While parking at SCCC/ATS may be free, lately it seems that parking is a free-for-all due to the problems with the parking lot lanes. In some spaces, the lanes are not wide enough for a car to fit. In other areas, there are no lines at all, leaving students to park at random. This has left students complaining about tight spaces to park and worrying about having their cars door-dinged. It all started with improvements done to the parking lot in the summer. The college hired a company to re-surface the parking lot and the majority of the streets on campus. After the rock had settled in, the same company swept up the rock. To finish the job, SCCC personnel started painting the parking lanes. “We ran into difficulties,” said Dennis Sander, dean of finance and operations. “The first thing that happened is that the [machine] had a cable break. So we started and then stopped and that was delayed.” After the cable got repaired, work started again and was completed to a certain point. Shortly after the painted process began again, the pump malfunctioned and the painting had to stop, leaving the outer areas in the parking lot without any lanes. In regard to the lanes not being even, Sander said it is not for certain what happened. “I can’t exactly tell you what happened,” Sander said. “I think it’s partially due to that machine… Not certain what happened there, obviously. Best guess is operator error, I mean as far as being consistent because some lanes are wider than others.” As of Tuesday, the machine had been fixed and painting had started again in an attempt to finish the parking lanes. Roger Scheib, director of facilities, said, “We will be striping more within a week.” Scheib did say rainy weather, which is predicted for Friday, could cause conflicts with the project. While parts of the painting will be completed soon, a major project could be in the works, according to Sander. “What we will probably do next spring, when we get the opportunity again, we will probably go back through it and re-paint it and try to straighten it out,” Sander said. “But we need to get an idea where it needs to be adjusted.”