December 5, 2021

2nd hearing set on Hubbard Street

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

A truck travels Tueday down Hubbard Street in Cortland. City officials plan a public hearing next month on a pilot program to allow overnight parking on the street on alternating sides of the street.

The Cortland Common Council will have a second public hearing in June for a pilot program to allow overnight street parking on Hubbard Street.

The program, which had been raised and postponed last year, would allow for cars parking overnight on different sides of the street, based on the date. Auburn, Ithaca, Syracuse and Binghamton have similar programs.

At the start of Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, nobody spoke at a public hearing on the program. Later in the meeting, Mayor Brian Tobin asked Councilperson Troy Beckwith (D-7th Ward) how he would like to see the conversation regarding the program proceed.

Beckwith, whose ward covers Hubbard Street, said he wanted another public hearing during the June 15 Common Council meeting to give people another chance to give their opinions, to which Tobin agreed.

Adam Megivern, a Hubbard Street resident who has been leading the creation of the program, said Wednesday that he was unable to attend the meeting due to work.

Residents along the street, and others through7 out the city, have shown support for the program, he said.

“It’s just good to hear that there isn’t anyone against it,” he said.

Megivern said he would be willing to speak at the next public hearing, but other people have views on the program as well.

Additionally, he said he is willing to help out the city to make the program a reality, including using his background in urban planning. Megivern previously served as the executive director of the Cortland Downtown Partnership, Inc. He previously represented the 7th Ward as well.

“We’re just ready for the city to take action,” he said.

A petition was created in 2020 with about 40 Hubbard Street resident signatures supporting the program as homes along the street have short, narrow driveways, making it difficult for vehicles to leave when multiple cars are parked.

In September, the city Public Works and Public Safety Commission voted, 3-2, against recommending the program.

Beckwith had previously announced his support for the program.

“Personally, I think we can get this worked out,” he said at the May 4 Common Council meeting.

Councilperson Kathryn SIlliman (D-2nd Ward) and Tobin previously opposed the program, with Silliman citing the commission’s vote and Tobin saying having cars on the narrow street could cause problems for city Department of Public Works crews plowing snow.

The fact the commission voted against the program “is a big negative for me,” Silliman said May 4.