OSWEGO, NY – Mayor Billy Barlow’s first executive order, imposing a winter parking ban on all city streets between the hours of 1 and 6 a.m., is working, the Mayor’s Office announced late today (Jan. 14).
Since imposing the parking ban on Monday evening the Oswego Police Department has noted a sharp decrease in the number of vehicles parking overnight on city streets.
A total of 328 courtesy violations were issued on the first night of the parking ban, according to OPD Chief Tory DeCaire.
By the second night, police officers issued 49 courtesy violations.
After the third evening of courtesy ticketing, the number of violators was reduced to 20.
“I commend Chief DeCaire and his officers for taking time out of their busy schedules to issue these courtesy citations,” Mayor Barlow said. “And I truly appreciate the response of the residents who adhered to our call to clear the streets. This allows our DPW plows to move more easily through the streets so that snow can be removed from our roads more quickly.”
The city of Oswego has received cooperation from the Port of Oswego Authority to use the former Price Chopper lot as an off-street parking option for the public.
Additionally, there are public parking spaces available at Breitbeck Park (the lot closest to the Kingsford bell), Wright’s Landing Marina, the Flexo-wire site (along Schuyler Street), and West First and Cayuga Street (12 spots along the West First Street side of the lot).
The Mayor’s Office is also working cooperatively with SUNY-Oswego’s administration to get the word out to all returning college students.
More off-street parking spots will be identified as they become available in the coming weeks.
The courtesy ticketing will end soon, after which cars will not only be ticketed but towed.
The cost to resolve a parking ticket and get your car out of storage can be as much as $200.