OSWEGO, NY – Mayor William Barlow issued his first executive order Monday night.
The winter parking ban shall begin at 1 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 12) on all streets in Oswego, the mayor proclaimed.
Barlow’s executive order supersedes the alternate side winter parking policy currently stated in the city charter.
Councilors scheduled a public hearing for Jan. 25 at 7:10 p.m. in the Council Chamber of City Hall in regards to the winter parking policy.
The council has indicated that members are in favor of the off street parking ban that was used for many winters in the Port City.
According to the policy favored by the council: “The mayor, at his discretion, may impose a winter parking ban commencing on or after December 1 and continuing through March 31. The mayor may suspend or remove the winter parking ban prior to March 31 at his discretion if winter conditions permit. During such time as the winter parking ban is imposed, the parking of any vehicle on all highways and streets shall be prohibited between the hours of 1 and 6 a.m.”
Barlow pointed out that the police department would hand out courtesy citations to offenders the first couple of nights. However, if the weather warrants it, the vehicles would have to be moved to allow the DPW to plow the streets, he added.
“There will be absolutely no parking on city streets. This ban is in effect from 1 to 6 a.m.,” he said. “During the day you can park anywhere you please; but from 1 to 6 a.m., all cars have to be off the streets. There will be municipal lots available for off-street parking.”
There are municipal lots for overnight parking on the west side at Breitbeck Park, Wright’s Landing, Flexo-wire site, and the West Cayuga and West First Street City lot.
For the east side, there are sites being explored currently; specifically, the former Price Chopper site on East Cayuga Street (between East Third and East Fourth).
City officials “will know about that one soon.”