Auburn City Council on Thursday night unanimously approved the revision of the vehicle and traffic law, making the overnight parking ban on Genessee from John and Owasco to James permanent.
Speakers at last week’s public hearing on the ban said it could lead to more drunk driving, but City Clerk Chuck Mason said on Friday’s Finger Lakes Morning News there are other parking options in the downtown core.
The overnight ban is also designed to make it easier for city crews to remove snow.
Mayor Michael Quill said it’s not a perfect system, but it’s important for downtown and the community. Mason said council members faced a dilemma.
Other changes to the law include prohibiting left turns from Garrow Street onto Genesee Street to improve traffic flow around Genesee Elementary School during school pick-up and drop-off hours and replacing the traffic light at the intersection of State and Cottage streets with a two-way stop sign
Council also approved contracts for the design and construction of the Equal Rights Heritage Center. City Manager Jeff Dygert said construction is expected to begin in early February. The city will keep you updated on the project through social media and the city’s website.