Council Committee OKs Parking Plan

OSWEGO, NY – The city is taking steps to untangle a parking imbroglio on a paper street near West Schuyler Street.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Physical Services Committee gave a favorable recommendation to a request by David Wahrendorf, owner of a single-family dwelling at 54 Liberty St., for proposed use of public space for use to park six vehicles.

The proposal includes a portion of a paper street.

First Ward Councilor Fran Enwright proposed closing that section of the (Whitney) street and later offering half for sale to the property owners on either side. This resolution would be the second closing. These resolutions need to be approved in back to back years to officially close a street.

It is a paper street and is roughly grass, people’s back yards, he pointed out.

He proposed closing the street, but allowing neighbor’s access to their properties.

The proposal is to close the 20 foot easterly half, Tony Leotta, acting city engineer, clarified. The 20 foot westerly half would remain open as a right of way, he added.

“Of course all the parking that is being proposed would have to meet all the standards of code,” he added. “I believe this will dress up that area quite nicely.”

With the good faith shown on the part of Mr. Wahrendorf, the councilor said that he requests the DPW to remove one of the barricades currently in place to prevent illegal parking in the area.

The full council will consider the resolution next week.