Hearing set for parking proposal

GLOVERSVILLE – Parents dropping off and picking up their children could soon experience a change in parking at both Boulevard Elementary School and between the middle and high schools.

The Common Council set a public hearing last week on an ordinance to allow parking on the east side of East Boulevard, from Second to Prospect Avenues. Parking is already allowed on the west side of East Boulevard.

Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said the winter parking ban would still be in effect for the area.

The public hearing will take place Jan. 28.

Boulevard Elementary School Principal Thomas Komp previously said the number of parents dropping off children has increased, creating congestion in parking lots. Allowing people to park on the east side of East Boulevard would reduce congestion and make it safer for students in the parking lots during pickup and dropoff times, he said.

In December, the city Board of Education approved new parking measures that could affect drivers. One was asking the city to allow parking on East Boulevard in front of Boulevard Elementary School during specific dropoff and pickup times when school is in session.

The other allows city police to access the middle school and high school campuses to support the enforcement of parking restrictions.

School administrators previously said parents aren’t obeying the no-parking signs between the high school and middle school.

After the council meeting Jan. 14, VanDeusen said his department eventually will give warnings between the schools to make sure drivers are aware of the no-parking signs.

However, before officers do that some of the signs need to be modified.

District Superintendent Michael Vanyo said last week the signs near the middle and high schools needed more clarity.

“[VanDeusen] asked if we could put up specific signs that say no standing and no stopping so that they are consistent all the way through,” Vanyo said. “We’ve ordered those and have them, now we are just getting ready to put those all up.”

Stop signs

In other business, the council also scheduled a public hearing to put permanent stop signs at the intersections of Washburn and Lincoln streets, and Washburn and Grand streets.

There are temporary stop signs at the intersections right now, but the city will look to make those signs permanent.

VanDeusen said the Department of Public Works building is near that area and has created a dangerous situation for workers leaving the site.

The public hearings will be held at the next council meeting Jan. 28 at 6 p.m.