May 21, 2019

No-parking proposed

Section of Tompkins St. near college a safety concern

Jacob DeRochie/contributing photographer

Common Council voted in favor of a new no-parking zone along this section of Tompkins Street near SUNY Cortland. File photo from March 6, 2019.

A dozen vehicles lined Tompkins Street just south of the railroad tracks around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The area, from Folmer Drive to Joseph Street and on the opposite side of the road from the railroad tracks to Levydale Park is the topic of a Cortland discussion — creating a no parking zone.

“It’s been a bit of an issue,” Mayor Brian Tobin said before the city Common Council meeting Tuesday.

Nearby business owners brought the issue to Common Council, worried about safety. Businesses in the area include Kings Den Hairstyling, Stupid Choppers and The Red Dragon.

The area lies just outside a main entrance to SUNY Cortland’s West Campus. While the campus has several parking lots, they require a permit to use.

SUNY Cortland Director of Communication Fred Pierce said this morning that he was not aware of the city’s proposal. However, that doesn’t mean someone on campus wasn’t aware, Pierce said.

“We definitely will want to learn more about the proposal and assess the impact,” Pierce said.

The topic of creating a no-parking zone came before a public hearing at the Common Council meeting Tuesday night.

The council is considering amending local law to eliminate parking there.

Parking would be restricted on the north side of Tompkins Street from Folmer Drive to Joseph Street — a stretch of road two-tenths a mile long. On the south side of the road, parking would be banned from the railroad tracks to Levydale Park — a stretch of road one-tenth of a mile long.

“It’s no-parking in the interest of safety,” Tobin said.

Nobody spoke at a public hearing on the issue. Business owners in the area of the proposed change could not be reached this morning for comment.

A second public hearing on the matter is scheduled for the March 19 Common Council meeting, Tobin said. Action could happen after.

If approved by council, the city’s local law 11-63(1) would be changed to add the new parking restriction, according to supporting documents.

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