A push to allow overnight parking in the City of Tonawanda is still alive.
Lawmakers on Tuesday revisited the issue just two weeks after a proposal to allow overnight parking on city streets was narrowly defeated after the police chief voiced several concerns.
Common Council President Carleton R. Zeisz asked Council members during the work session preceding the meeting for their thoughts on the matter.
“I think it’s time for us to come into the current century,” said 2nd Ward Alderwoman Jackie A. Smilinich, who joined with 4th Ward Alderwoman Jenna N. Koch in support of the defeated proposal June 3.
Koch noted the city is the only municipality in the area other than the Town of Marilla that does not allow overnight parking. Currently, the city bans parking between 2 and 6 a.m. from Dec. 1 through March 31 to allow for snowplowing and between 4 and 6 a.m. from April 1 through Nov. 30 to allow for street cleaning.
Third Ward Alderman John J. Hall, who voted against the June 3 resolution, suggested a test period for overnight parking with a predetermined end date, or “sunset clause.”
“Good luck going back,” said Zeisz. “I think if you go with it, I don’t know how you can stop it after you start it.”
In other business Tuesday, the Council lowered the speed limit on Niagara Street between Bouck Street and Hinds Street from 30 mph to 20. That stretch of Niagara along Niawanda Park is heavily traveled in the summer by vehicles and pedestrians.
The Council also announced that the first “Gateway Market Thursdays” will be held Thursday in the Tonawandas Gateway Harbor Park and will feature local merchants and food trucks. The series will run each Thursday until Aug. 28 from 4 to 7:30 p.m.