ONEONTA, NY –It's a problem that all municipalities face. Where to park your car during a snowstorm if you don't have a driveway or a private lot.
In Oneonta, whenever there's a snow emergency, the city will open the parking garage there and other lots to the public so residents have a place to move their cars, allowing plows to clear the streets more quickly and safely.
The only problem is, people are not taking advantage of the free parking.
At Monday’s Oneonta Common Council Legislative Committee meeting, city officials expressed the need for a bigger deterrent.
“If you do get a ticket right now it’s $30,” says Oneonta City Engineer Greg Mattice.
“That doesn't seem to be that big of a deterrent, given the amount of non-compliance we have, and the fact that we do have available free parking spaces during a snow emergency. So we're asking that we consider increasing that to $100 a pop."
Mattice says that following their last snowstorm close to 240 cars were ticketed, and the free parking provided by the city was only filled to 50% capacity.
He also pointed out that it's just not practical to tow all those cars.