Parking public hearing tonight in Gloversville

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council will hold public hearings on proposed modifications to the city code regarding permanent and seasonal changes to city parking today at 6 p.m. at City Hall during the council meeting.

Proposed modifications include banning parking on the even numbered side of the street seasonally from Dec. 1 through April 1 on Burlington Avenue, Cedar Street, Forest Street, Helwig Street, Lark Street, North Arlington Avenue, North Hollywood Avenue, North Kingsboro Avenue, Oakland Avenue, Orchard Street, Oxford Terrace, Ridge Road, West Twelfth Avenue, Windsor Drive, Wooster Street, Yale Street and York Street.

Proposed changes to city parking would ban parking on the even side of the street year-round on Dean Street, First Avenue, Fremont Street, Lafayette Street, North Street, VanWyck Street, Western Boulevard and Wood Street.

Under the proposal, parking on both sides of the street would be permanently banned on Spring Avenue, Vine Street and Wheaton Avenue.

Various specifications are proposed for Fifth Avenue — there would be no even side parking from North Main Street and Yale Street and from Kingsboro Avenue to the city line; Sixth Avenue there would be no even side between Kingsboro Avenue and East Boulevard; and Summer Street there would be no even side parking between North McNab Avenue and Western Boulevard and one-way east bound traffic during arrival and dismissal at McNab Elementary School.

Mayor Dayton King said Monday that streets included in the proposed modifications had been identified by a committee made up of council members, police officers and fire department members to address inaccessibility concerns for first responders and the inability to clear some roads during heavy snowfall.

King said the committee was formed about two years ago following an incident in which a fire truck couldn’t get down a street due to vehicles that were parked on both sides.

“We don’t want to prevent people from parking at their house,” King said. “At the end of the day public safety is going to trump convenience.”

Parking modifications have been made to individual streets in the past, but King said the council wanted to make comprehensive parking changes that would bring uniformity to the city. He added that the recommendations had not previously been implemented or brought to a vote due in part to a lack of consensus among the council members.

“Now we have a consensus,” King said.

If the proposed modifications are approved, King said the city would put signs up on the affected streets as soon as possible to alert residents to the changes. If the changes are put in place, vehicles parked in prohibited areas could be ticketed or towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.

Public hearings on proposed modifications to the city code regarding permanent and seasonal changes to city parking will be held today at 6 p.m. during the Common Council meeting. The council is expected to vote on the proposed modifications after conducting the public hearings.

By Kerry Minor

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