Oxford debates parking issues

OXFORD – The Village of Oxford’s board of trustees have tabled two local laws intended to revise the municipality’s vehicle and traffic code for further discussion after concerns were raised by a local resident who would be directly affected by the proposed changes.

The first of the proposed laws, Local Law No. 1 2010, would amend the village’s parking prohibition schedule to reflect street name changes, delete duplicate entries and correct spelling errors. In addition, it would add new restriction to parking along Merchant Street and North Washington Avenue.

According to Mayor Terry Stark, the village felt the additional restrictions were necessary at the two “T-intersections” because of safety concerns and clearance issues for Department of Public Works and emergency vehicles.

When cars are parked at the T, “it creates a dangerous a dangerous intersection,” he explained, and one he says has been an ongoing issue for several years. The proposed law would prohibit parking on Merchant Street 100 feet East and West of the centerline of Mechanic Street, and the same distance on North Washington North and South of its intersection with Chenango Street.

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