Councilors Eye Modifications To Parking Policy

OSWEGO, NY – Over the past few months, the city’s Downtown Parking Committee has continued to address issues relating to parking in the downtown business district.

The Common Council approved the current version of the policy late last year. It went into use as of Jan. 1.

At Monday night’s Physical Services Committee meeting, councilors heard an update on the Downtown Parking Policy.

“There were concerned residents and business owners who wanted to discuss the parking policy. We had four meetings and recommendations were made to modify the policy,” explained Councilor Cathy Santos, chair of the parking committee.

The four areas of concern were snow removal, access for the public to downtown businesses, guest parking and parking fees, she told the councilors.

She offered a brief summary of the proposed changes.

The reserved parking will be in conjunction with the winter parking ban from Dec. 1 through March 31, she noted.

The fee to park in the designated areas is $25 per month.

“It was determined that business owners and landlords will continue their responsibility for purchase and disposition of the permits,” she added.

Currently guests are required to identify who they are going to visit. Under the proposed changes, that would be removed, Santos said.

Additional guest spaces are also included in the proposed new version.

People would also have the opportunity to have a reserved space on an annual basis.

Members of the parking committee include councilors Shawn Walker and Mike Myers, Police Chief Mike Dehm, DPW Commissioner Mike Smith, Beth Hilton, director of the Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, and Norma Barnes, Marilyn Boyzuick, Tonya Crisafulli, Mike D’Amico and Ann Marie King.

Downtown Parking Policy (third revision – 7-28-10)

I. Policy Statement

In an effort to provide adequate parking in the City of Oswego for all current and prospective users of on-street parking and city parking lots, the City of Oswego has implemented a Downtown Parking Policy.

This policy is designed to provide adequate on-street parking for all citizens and to apportion the use of the downtown parking lots in a fair and equitable manner.

Also, it is intended that there will be no unauthorized parking in the downtown parking lots between the hours of 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. during the winter from Dec. 1 through March 31.

Therefore it is necessary to provide adequate overnight parking in downtown parking lots for downtown residents and their guests.

To this effect, the City of Oswego will take an active role in educating the public about available parking and will provide strict enforcement of parking regulations in the downtown area.

II. Downtown Parking Lots

For purposes of this parking policy the downtown parking lots will be designated as follows:

Lot A – Former Green’s Lot (behind Canal Commons)

Lot A1 – Behind Pontiac Apartments

Lot B – Cayuga Street (Lower) (East)

Lot B1 – Cayuga Street (Upper) (West)

Lot C – Market Street (Next to Old City Hall)

Lot C-1 is on West Seneca Street

Lot D – Midtown Plaza (Upper)

Lot D1 – Midtown Plaza (Lower)

Lot E – East First and Bridge (In front of Board of Education Building)

Lot L is on East Second Street by the library

Lot L-1 is on East First Street by the library.

III. Cooperation of Downtown Business Owners

A.    The City will encourage Downtown Business Owners to discourage their employees from parking in prime downtown parking areas and to direct them to alternate parking lots A1, B and B1.

B.    The City will encourage Downtown Business Owners to make use of alternate parking lots to park commercial vehicles when parking for extended periods of time.

IV. Reserved Parking Spots

A.    Thirty-eight (38) parking spots will be reserved for the use of owners of downtown area buildings from Dec. 1 through March 31 each year. These parking spots will be considered driveways and will be maintained for snow removal by permit owners. These parking spots will be available only by annual parking permits issued by the City of Oswego for the period of Dec. 1 through March 31. These reserved spots will be located in Lot A along the guardrail on the east side of the lot.

Eight (8) of these parking spots will first be made available to the owner/manager of King Arthur’s Hotel for use of its guests, should he/she chose to purchase the annual permits.

B.    Up to forty (40) additional permanent parking spots in lots A, A1, B and B1 and up to ten (10) permanent parking spots in Lot D1 can be designated by the Commissioner of public Works in consultation with the Chief of Police upon request for and subsequent purchase of same. The location of these additional parking spaces will be determined by the Commission of Public Works in consultation with the Chief of Police.

V. Guest Parking

A.    Fifteen (15) parking spot along the lower west wall of Lot B will be reserved for overnight parking for guests of downtown residents from Dec. 1 through March 31.

B.    In the event that the parking spots in Lot B are filled, an additional twenty-one (21) parking spots located on the west side of Lot C will be reserved for guest parking.

C.    Additional parking spots for guest parking may be designated in any downtown parking lot or other city owned parking areas by the Commissioner of Public Works.

D.    The guest parking spots will be available only by temporary parking permits issued by the City of Oswego.

VI. Annual Parking Permits for Downtown Residents


A.    Annual parking permits for reserved parking spots may be purchased from the City of Oswego solely by owners of businesses located in the downtown area or their authorized designee.

Landlords and Tenants

B.    Downtown property owners will be permitted to purchase no more than two reserved parking permits for each dwelling unit located within their property.

C.    Downtown property owners will be responsible for obtaining and distributing annual parking permits to their tenants.
Terms of Purchase of All Reserved Parking Permits
D.     All reserved parking permits will be issued by the City Chamberlain’s Office and will be valid from Dec. 1 through March 31.

E.    The fee for each reserved parking permit is $25 per month. The fee for reserved parking permits is subject to change by the Common Council.

F.    Payment in advance for reserved parking permits is subject to the discretion of the City Chamberlain.

G.    The City of Oswego reserves the right to rescind any and all reserved parking permits for non-payment of the fee or at the request of the Commissioner of Public Works of the Chief of Police.

H.    Current reserved parking permit holders will have the option to purchase renewal reserved parking permits for the following year before new reserved parking permits are sold, provided that they are not delinquent in payment to the City for their reserved parking permits, they have no outstanding parking tickets, they have adequately maintained their parking spots for snow removal, and there are no objections from either the Commissioner of Public Works or the Police Chief.

I.    Reserved parking permits must be displayed in the front window of the vehicle that is authorized to park in the reserved parking spot. Failure to display the reserved parking permit will subject the owner of the vehicle to a ticket for unauthorized parking.

VII. Temporary Overnight Parking Permits for Guest Parking

A.    Temporary overnight parking permits may be purchased from the Police Department at a cost of $5 per night. These permits will authorize parking in designated overnight parking spots from 9 p.m. until 9 a.m. the following day.

B.    Temporary overnight parking permits for lot B may be purchased for guests of downtown residents who have valid reserved parking permits.

C.    Temporary overnight parking permits for guests of other City residents may be purchased for temporary parking spots which have been designated in other downtown City lots by the Commissioner of Public Works.

D.    Guests who purchase temporary overnight parking permits will be required to provide their name, address, driver’s license.

VIII. Temporary Overnight Parking for Other City Residents

A.    The Commissioner of Public Works may, at his discretion, designate overnight guest parking spots in downtown parking lots that will be available for guests of City residents who have not obtained am annual parking permit.

B.    Such guests will be required to purchase permits pursuant to Section VII herein.

Questions or concerns for the committee may be addressed to the mayor’s office at 342-8140 or Santos at 342-8496.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The above policy is tentative. The full council will consider the policy at its Aug. 23 meeting at which time they could approve it, or send to back to the committee level for further modifications.)