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OGDENSBURG — Clear the way.

That’s what the Ogdensburg City Council is looking to do with a proposed amendment to Chapter 189 of its city code titled “Streets and Sidewalks.”

The amendment would add “trailers” to a list of materials restricted from being left on “developed or undeveloped” sidewalks and curbs or on streets, highways or public places.

A public hearing on the measure has been scheduled for 7 p.m. May 28 in the City Council chambers in City Hall.

If approved, the amendment will empower the city to tow any unregistered motor vehicles “or trailers” parked in violation and levy any additional penalties involved.

Ogdensburg Code Enforcement Officer Gregg A. Mallette said there are a couple of different spots in the city where people are using the area in front of their homes for unregistered trailers that have been sitting for more than a year.

“Currently, the way the ordinance is written, we have no enforcement power to move them or to make people move them,” Mr. Mallette said. “We changed the language to address the area between the sidewalk and the curb, whether there is a sidewalk there or not, so that the people that are putting these trailers out there that we can enforce the law and it has some teeth to be able to get them to move them.”

Mr. Mallette said that it’s not reasonable for residents to think that they can park an unregistered travel trailer on the sidewalk for a year and that it hampers city work such as snow removal

Councilor R. Storm Cilley said during the vast majority of the year, there is no reason for people to park between the sidewalk and the road.

“We don’t have the ordinance and most municipalities do,” Mr. Cilley said. “I get frustrated going for a walk and vehicles parked on the sidewalk and vehicles parked across the sidewalk.”

Councilor Jennifer Stevenson said she wanted to see more stringent regulations keeping city residents from parking unregistered vehicles on sidewalks.

“It’s very disheartening when you see places where there are travel trailers and boat trailers that are between the curb and sidewalk, and they never move the entire summer,” Ms. Stevenson said. “They are just parked there. Neighbors have to see that, grass grows up around them, they’re not maintained properly, so I would like to see us, in any way, be able to make this a little more stringent.”

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