Alderwoman Linda Edstrom appealed to residents to notify officials about the locations of any two-hour parking signs in the city as the Olean Common Council voted in an unrelated action Tuesday to lift a parking prohibition south of 409 Third Avenue to the corner.
Edstrom said she supports new legislation, proposed recently by Mayor David Carucci, to remove the two-hour parking signs on North Third Street, near Olean High School.
Edstrom told aldermen during a committee meeting that the two-hour parking restriction has never been enforced and the mayor proposed the resolution to eliminate it in that location.
"If there are two-hour signs that are never enforced please let us know. I'm all for taking down signs and not putting them up," Edstrom said.
After the meeting Edstrom said attention was drawn to the signs when an illegally parked car was towed because plows could not remove snow. A number of residents and school workers then received tickets for parking in the restricted areas in an unusual sweep by police. When questioned about the lack of enforcement after the meeting Police Chief Terry Schnell said his patrol officers don't have enough time to check each two-hour parking spot every two hours.
The aldermen may not be supportive of Carucci's second legislative proposal, seeking new signs for school visitor parking spots on weekdays on North Third Street between Reed and Sullivan streets. During informal discussions prior to Tuesday's Council meeting the aldermen were briefed about the proposal by City Clerk Al Utecht and Journal clerk Kelly Sweet.
They reminded the aldermen of past requests from business owners who were refused permission for reserved parking spots and said one professional office was recently provided with a reserved spot on a city street by the mayor.
"It's a public street, you can't personalize it," Council President Ray Wangelin said.
Neither of Carucci's proposals has been introduced in committee meetings.
The Council later voted 6-1 to establish standard work days for certain classes of workers as required by the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System. Receiving a 35-hour, five-day work week are the mayor, auditor, public works director, assessor, mayor's secretary, police chief, fire chief and city clerk. Most employees punch a time clock and full-time workers will be credited with five days per week provided they work the full normal schedule, while part-time worker days will be determined by dividing time worked by six.
City Auditor Janet Jones told the aldermen that many union workers affected by the CSEA contract receive credit for 40 hours, which includes a paid lunch. As for City Attorney Dan DeRose, he is required to provide a calendar of hours worked, which will be divided by six to determine the hours of his work day. She said his status as a full-time employee is determined by guidelines on a checklist.
Wangelin cast the only no vote, stating he believes workers should not get paid for 40 hours and lunch if they only work 35 hours.
"Look at the real world," Wangelin said after the meeting.