Canonsburg council members passed a compromise Monday night that will let residents set out chairs early -- but not too early -- to claim coveted spots along the route of the state's second-largest Fourth of July parade.
In a 6-3 vote, the council agreed to let residents place chairs along the route beginning at 6 a.m., 48 hours prior to the parade date. Third Ward Councilmen Tim Bilsky, Joseph Graff Sr. and Paul Sharkady opposed the plan.
The compromise replaces the rule passed in July that no chairs would be allowed along Pike Street before 6 a.m. on July 4.
For years, Canonsburg residents have decorated lawn chairs and placed them in their favorite spots along the 1.5-mile route, some a few weeks before the Independence Day celebration. The curbside reservations help save a spot for residents when the community is flooded with thousands of visitors for the parade, which is second in size only to Philadelphia's.
But this year, several council members said residents went too far, by not only putting out chairs two weeks early but also by tying and even locking them to trees, telephone poles, signs and each other. The masses of chairs presented a safety hazard and ultimately a liability issue, some council members said.