A few odds and ends from Tuesday's Common Council committee meetings:
Currently, city law explicitly allows free parking at some meters, but just in the downtown business district. However, the practice has been to allow free parking at all meters in the city on six federal holidays, said Helfer (pictured at left; photo by Charles Lewis/Buffalo News).
"To me, it makes sense to get rid of that confusion," he said.
Helfer was invited to the committee's meeting to talk about a proposal to relax parking restrictions on some residential streets on 10 federal holidays.
As far as that proposal, Helfer said his concern would be its impact on snow removal and the ability for emergency vehicles to maneuver.
North Council Member Joseph Golombek Jr. agreed with Helfer, and noted he would not favor waiving any of the parking rules because of his concerns about emergency vehicles.
Relaxing some restrictions on alternate-side parking could open the city up to lawsuits if there are delays for emergency responders due to vehicles parked on both sides of a street, said Golombek (pictured at left; photo by Derek Gee/Buffalo News).
Listen to Golombek's complete comments:
Delaware Council Member Michael J. LoCurto noted, however, that parking is already allowed on some residential streets after 4 p.m. and on weekends.
The committee did not act on LoCurto's proposal.
Landmarking a former library
--The same panel of lawmakers also did not move forward a proposal to make the former Fairfield Library a local landmark.
The Parkside Community Association recently voted to oppose granting that designation to the Amherst Street building, said Ben Johnson, the group's executive director.
Making it a landmark would not be the fastest way to preserve the building, said Johnson, adding he doesn't believe the city would have the capacity to quickly stabilize the property.
Two proposals for development of the site have been recently outlined.
Our Lady of Lourdes/St. Paul Mall proposal
Residents interested in discussing a proposal by Ellicott Development regarding the proposed redevelopment of a parcel on Main Street between Best and East North streets are invited to the committee's next meeting at 2 p.m. March 27.
Ellicott Development CEO Bill Paladino talked about the project Tuesday.
--The Legislation Committee also passed the "commingling" proposal.
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