OSWEGO – As winter continues with severe weather and endless amounts of snowfall, city Councilor Billy Barlow (R-Fifth Ward) urges the mayor and councilors to rethink the alternate parking policy and move to a more practical solution.
Public outcry continues to increase over the conditions of roadways and congestion of streets, the councilor said.
“The alternate parking policy is an utter disaster, enough is enough,” said Barlow. “The conditions of our roadways are in no way a reflection of the DPW’s ability to plow, but a product of a poor parking policy. The streets are blocked, plowing is difficult and the rules are confusing to the residents.”
The alternate parking was an alternative to a full on parking ban as previously used.
The alternate parking policy insists that residents park on a single side of the street, rotating nightly coinciding with the odd/even house numbers.
Barlow suggests that the city consider returning to a winter parking ban that will clear the streets at night, allowing plow drivers to adequately plow the roads and motorists to travel the side streets without incident.
Traditionally, the city always had the winter parking ban until recently.
“Residents all over the city are fed up with this policy. I believe this alternate policy was installed to appease rental properties and landlords. Our owner occupying residents need to come first! I resisted this policy publicly before winter began and I will continue to voice my displeasure on behalf of residents across the city. We need to repeal the alternate parking policy and consider alternative methods,” Barlow said.
Barlow concluded with insisting residents who oppose the alternate parking to contact their designated councilors.