GLOVERSVILLE - Mayor Dayton King wants the Common Council to explore raising revenue by having residents pay to use downtown city parking lots overnight.
The idea was floated at the council meeting Tuesday at City Hall, as the mayor broached the subject of a downtown parking permit law.
"It's tough times right now," King said. "We need new revenue."
King said today the city does allow residents to park overnight in lots, but the policy hasn't been enforced with a permitting system for at least the last five years. He said he would at least like to attach a "fee" to a system already on the books.
In May, the mayor brought up an idea to have residents pay for daytime parking in the city's downtown, but it didn't garner much support from the council. King's proposal was to charge patrons to park in city-owned parking lots downtown, but council members did not agree with a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. timeframe. Some council members said they would consider supporting paid parking from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
At last week's meeting, King said his overnight idea can seek revenue from city lots the city is responsible for plowing.
Second Ward Councilman John Castiglione said if the council does adopt a downtown parking permit law, it should only be for two years, after which time it would be revisited by the council. He said people need "reassurances" such laws won't be permanent.
"I think people in this community are taxed enough," Castiglione added.
City Attorney Matthew Trainor said the amount of such a permit would have to be worked out.
First Ward Councilwoman Robin Wentworth said she's not opposed to allowing city residents to park overnight in city lots, but a plan needs to be worked out designating "the designated areas."
"It's really not the city's responsibility to provide overnight parking to landlords who have more tenants than parking spaces ..." Wentworth said.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.