Oswego Resident Pleads For Relief From Parking Imbroglio

Kathleen Harris makes a point during Monday's public session of the Common Council.

Kathleen Harris makes a point during Monday's public session of the Common Council.

OSWEGO, NY – Parking is at a premium in many parts of the Port City.

Kathleen Harris makes a point during Monday's public session of the Common Council.
Kathleen Harris makes a point during Monday’s public session of the Common Council.

At Monday night’s public session prior to the Common Council meeting, Kathleen Harris, a westside city resident, said the situation in her neighborhood was getting out of hand.

“We have an issue here you must address. It’s a quality of life issue,” she told the councilors. “It’s become very unpleasant to live with all the cars parked on the side of the street.”

Also, a landscaping business in the area parks its equipment there, she added.

The situation doesn’t allow the DPW to do its work, she said.

She related one instance in which she tried to get people to move their vehicles so a DPW street sweeper could get through and clean the street. One resident said he hadn’t had his lunch yet, “so f— you,” she said.

Her neighbors are having a hard time finding a place to park, she said.

“It seems to me that we’ve put up with this long enough,” she told the council. “I’d like the city to have these landscaping people find a new place to park, off of our street. We should not have to put up with this anymore.”

If they don’t do something now, when the snow flies things will be even worse, she added.

The council wrapped up its agenda in short order Monday night.

Councilors approved submission of standard exemptions for the Community Development Home Ownership Program Grant.

The Community Development Office was awarded a $300,000 grant from the New York State Office of Community Renewal to administer the Home Ownership Program.

The program provides first-time homebuyers with counseling, training and financial assistance to prepare families to afford a home as well as understand the responsibilities of owning and maintaining a home.

This grant is projected to help at least 12 first-time homebuyers.

A request by to use public space by Jim Bell, owner of property at 155 W. Fifth St., in order to install a ramp, was approved.

The council accepted a $200 donation, 62 life jackets and 200 smoke detectors from the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Exelon Corporation and Lowe’s for use by the Fire Department.

The mayor was authorized to execute a one -year extension of the agreement With MassMutual (Hartford Life) for the city of Oswego Deferred Compensation Plan.

Councilors also approved a budget amendment ($9,073.65) to pay the cost of the June emergency sewer main repair at East Tenth and Albany streets.

Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie’s request to send a firefighter to the First Line Supervisory Training Program to be held January 4-29, 2016, and a firefighter to the class February 22 – March 18, 2016 in Fort Totten, was OK’d.

The councilors waived the rules of the Common Council to present three resolutions from the floor without committee consideration.

They approve the sale of property located at 108 E. Sixth St.

Tom Ciappa (Conanth LLC) offered to purchase the property for $18,000.

The council also approved was a use of public space request from the Oswego Renaissance Association in order to extend the time period for the placement of signs.

The signs advertise the neighborhood blocks and areas that have been awarded Block Challenge grants and Neighborhood Pride grants.

The ORA was to take down the signs by Oct. 30. They now have until Nov. 12.

And, the mayor was authorized to enter into a five-year lease agreement with Ontario Center for the Performing Arts for use of the McCrobie Building for the years 2016-2020.

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  1. It sounds like Ms. Harris’s problem is that someone is operating a commercial enterprise from a location that is zoned residential. I doubt that a lawn mowing or landscaping company is a permitted use in a residential zone, even in Oswego. I have to wonder why city officials haven’t acted on this, particularly if they are using the public thoroughfare to park their equipment.

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