City leaders plan to discuss parking, zoning

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council will discuss school parking and rezoning part of South Kingsboro Avenue at its monthly work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

School representatives attended the last council meeting and sought the city’s help in addressing parking issues.

Boulevard Elementary School Principal Thomas Komp said the number of parents dropping off children has increased, creating congestion in parking lots. He suggested having the city allow parking on the east side of East Boulevard, since the west side already allows it.

High School Principal Richard DeMallie said parents aren’t following no-parking signs between the high school and middle school, and he’s seeking the city’s help in enforcing the no parking in that area.

Police Chief Donald VanDeusen previously asked City Attorney Tony Casale to look into the legality of both changing the parking at Boulevard and the enforcement of parking signs on school property.

The city is also looking to change zoning along one side of South Kingsboro Avenue.

A half-dozen residents along the road submitted a petition to the Common Council proposing to have the north side, where a new Burger King is under construction, changed from residential to commercial.

Residents said the development and the potential for a future access road along Route 30A makes their property more appealing to developers.

The adjacent property to the north, owned by Foothills United Methodist Church, is zoned commercial.

The opposite side of South Kingsboro Avenue – across from the future Burger King – already is zoned residential-commercial.

Casale previously said after the change is reviewed by the city and county Planning Boards and a public hearing is held, the change could be finalized by the end of November.

The council will also receive an update from Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones about a proposal for updating the city’s comprehensive plan by Greenman-Pedersen.

He previously gave the council the option of looking at a price quote to update the part of the plan that deals with Route 30A, rather than an overhaul of the entire plan, which includes the downtown. But council members asked Jones to provide both options.

According to the agenda, VanDeusen will introduce a new police officer and Mayor Dayton King will appoint a new alternate member to the Planning Board.

The council will also pass a formal resolution honoring former Mayor Frank LaPorta, who the city said “exercised tremendous vision and foresight” in his efforts to attract Walmart to the city.

The traffic circle located at the intersection of South Kingsboro Avenue and Hale Mills Road Extension will be named LaPorta Circle in his honor.