Public hearing next week on Hubbard Street parking proposal

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A public hearing is set on a proposal to create alternate side parking on Hubbard Street in the city of Cortland.

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Dozens of residents signed a July 2020 petition calling for a solution to the lack of available spacing in their neighborhood.

The program would be similar to those already used in nearby cities like Auburn, Ithaca, Syracuse and Binghamton, removing overnight restrictions and allowing odd-even alternating side parking on a permit basis for local motorists.

Petitioners were also hopeful it could be used as a pilot for other areas in the city, as well.

City officials on the public safety commission did not support the idea during their initial review last September.

However, DPW deputy superintendent Nic Dovi said there’s still a slim possibility that could change over time:

“They weren’t completely opposed to this, but without a more-detailed proposal there are just too many unknowns right now,” Dovi said in a meeting Tuesday (May 4) of Cortland Common Council. “I know there are a bunch of safety concerns right now — at the very least, those will need to be addressed before any further consideration.”

According to Mayor Brian Tobin, some of the issues created by such a program would include ensuring enough space for plows in the winter and emergency vehicles year-round.

“If people don’t follow the odd-even rules or forget to move their vehicle overnight, these could become major problems to deal with moving forward,” Tobin said.

Ultimately, Ward 7 Alderman Troy Beckwith motioned to have a public hearing scheduled, which Council approved for the beginning of their meeting next Tuesday (May 18).

Residents can tune in starting at 7 pm via Zoom. Get complete login info here.

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