Council OKs new parking

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council held a number of public hearings at the its meeting Tuesday before taking action on parking changes, permanent stop signs and the demolition of an unsafe building.

No one from the public spoke during the three public hearings.

The Common Council passed an ordinance to immediately 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 will still be in effect for the area.

Boulevard Elementary School Principal Thomas Komp previously said more parents are dropping off children for school, 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.

The council also passed two ordinances creating permanent stop signs at the intersections of Washburn and Lincoln streets, and Washburn and Grand streets. There are temporary stop signs at the intersections now.

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

After a public hearing regarding the proposed removal of an unsafe building located at 7 Hill St., the council passed a resolution for the demolition of the building.

According to the resolution, the owner of 7 Hill St., Mark Vrooman, was served with the order to take care of the demolition but took no steps to comply with the terms.

Therefore, the city will contract with Fulton County Demolition, and the cost of the demolition is less than $40,000. The work is not required to be put out to bid, the resolution said.

City Building Inspector Robert Robbins said the building is next to the Cayadutta Creek and is in deterioration with a collapsed roof and crumbling foundation.

The property owner will be billed by the city once the demolition is completed, Mayor Dayton King said.