Overnight parking is coming to the City of Tonawanda.
By a vote of 4-1 on Tuesday night – and a month after narrowly defeating a similar proposal, the Common Council approved a resolution sponsored by 2nd Ward Alderwoman Jackie A. Smilinich to allow a trial period through Oct. 31.
Currently, the city bans parking between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. from Dec. 1 through March 31 to allow for snow plowing and between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. from April 1 through Nov. 30 to allow for street cleaning. It is one of the only area municipalities with year-round parking restrictions – an ordinance that dates from the 1940s when families had one or no cars.
The resolution removes the April-through-October prohibition and takes effect once it is published in a local newspaper.
“I firmly believe this is a good thing for the city,” said 4th Ward Alderwoman Jenna N. Koch. “It’s time we got with the times.”
Smilinich said that overnight parking will make the city more welcoming to visitors and help families faced with limited driveway space.
“I have a neighbor who has three generations living in their home,” she said. “They couldn’t fit the cars in their driveway.”
Two amendments to the resolution call for a ban on recreational vehicles such as trailers and boats and a sunset clause of Oct. 31, which means that the Council will review the issue again later this year.
The city will also have to replace nine signs detailing the parking restrictions placed at entrances to the city.
First ward Councilman Charles M. Gilbert and 3rd Ward Alderman John J. Hall also voted in favor of the measure, with Council President Carleton R. Zeisz the sole vote against.
In other business Tuesday, the Council unanimously voted to allow dogs in all of Niawanda Park. Currently, dogs are allowed only in the area of the park west of Gibson Street. The dogs must be properly licensed and on leashes no longer than 6 feet. That resolution also has a sunset clause of Oct. 31.