Oswego Council Consider Tweaking Downtown Parking Policy

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Monday night, the Administrative Services Committee OK’d some changes to the city’s downtown parking policy.

Mike Smith, DPW commissioner, presented the tentative amendments to the committee.

Lots D and D1, the Midtown Plaza upper and lower levels, respectively, were removed from the policy.

Section IV, Paragraph B was changed to:

IV. Reserved Permanent Parking Spots
B. Up to fifty (50) additional reserved parking spots in lots A, A1, B, B1, C and C1 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 spots will be determined by the Commission of Public Works and the Chief of Police.

Section V, Paragraph A was amended to:

V. Guest Parking
A. Nine (9) parking spots 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.

In Section VII, Paragraph A “City Chamberlain’s Office” was replaced by “Department of Public Works.”

VII Terms of Purchase of All Reserved Parking Permits
A.  All winter reserved parking permits will be issued by the Department of Public Works and will be valid from Dec. 1 through March 31. The extended parking permits will be valid at the end of this season beginning April 1 and ending on Nov. 30, before the next season begins.

And, in Section VIII, Paragraph B, the reference to lot D1 was removed.

For further information contact the DPW at 343-5055.

The full council will consider the changes at its Jan. 13 meeting.

In other business, Tony Leotta, city engineer, requested approval of Change Order No. 2 for the electrical contract with MEC Electric Inc. for the Excess Flow Management Facility Disinfection, EFC Project No. C7-6344-19-03, in the amount of $8,909.

The contract would increase from $316,750 to $325,659.

There was some corrective work that needed to be done; pumps had to be re-located and some miscellaneous wiring needed to be done, Leotta explained.

The project was approved according to DEC specifications, First Ward Councilor Fran Enwright pointed out.

“This sounds like a mistake to me. Now they want us to pay to fix it. I don’t think that’s right,” he said.

The other committee members agreed.

The request was tabled until the councilors find out more information.

The committee approved a request from Sue Deary, city assessor, to authorize the mayor to sign a contract for software training and tech support for ‘Municity 5.’

Last month, the council approved the transfer of $10,000 from within the Department of Assessment. The funds were to cover the purchase of necessary computer software.

‘Municity 5’ is a cloud-based multi-platform software that will integrate many types of information from the Assessment, Code, Zoning, Police and Fire departments.

The comprehensive overlay will produce greater efficiency and communication within the departments, according to the assessor.

They also OK’d the assessor’s request to travel for code enforcement training courses.

Both were sent to the full council for consideration.