PLATTSBURGH — A joint project between the City of Plattsburgh and Clinton County is to add 60 public parking spaces downtown. 

Community Development Director Matthew Miller said the county planned to reconfigure their Oak Street and Government Center lots this year. 

The county's original drafts would have expanded the latter lot off of Court Street by 27 parking spaces.

But a suggestion from the city's Plattsburgh Parking Advisory Committee recommended the municipality partner with the county on that project.

That would instead bring the number of new spaces in that lot to 55, Miller said at Thursday's Common Council meeting. 

The difference is, he explained, in exchange for city-county cooperation, parking spaces formerly reserved for county business would instead benefit city parkers. 

"(Clinton County) would make those 60 spaces available for public use," Miller said.



That parking suggestion was one of six recommendations recently put forth by the Parking Committee.

One recommendation, the potential reconstruction of Durkee Street, awaits a traffic study to determine whether or not that street would function better as a one-way or two-way street. 

So far, the partnership with Clinton County is the committee's only parking-replacement suggestion to appear on a Common Council agenda. 

City councilors OK'd a resolution for that project at their recent session, allowing Miller and Mayor Colin Read to pursue an agreement with the county.

Councilors Rachelle Armstrong (D-Ward 1), Elizabeth Gibbs (D-Ward 3), Peter Ensel (R-Ward 4), Patrick McFarlin (I-Ward 5) and Jeff Moore (D-Ward 6) voted in favor of the revised plans; City Councilor Mike Kelly (D-Ward 2) was absent.



Collaboration on the county project came with a list of conditions. 

The City of Plattsburgh would pay the difference between the county's original plan for the Government Center lot and the newly expanded one, Miller said. 

The cost is estimated at $217,670. 

"That nets, as compared to the original plan, 28 additional parking spaces," Miller said, adding that the math works out to roughly $7,700 per newly-constructed parking space. 

Normally a surface-lot parking spot would cost somewhere between $5,500 and $7,500 per space, he added.

"But if you consider the number of newly-available public parking spaces that will be provided by the city cooperating with the county, the city is only paying about $3,600 per spot," Miller said.

"(That) is significantly below what you'd normally expect to pay."



Another condition would require city law enforcement to enforce the lot's parking laws.

In return, the City of Plattsburgh would keep any ticket revenue.

And, though the city's future paid-parking kiosks could be situated in the public-parking section of the Government Center lot, the county would require the first hour of parking to be free of charge. 

Other requirements would create juror parking agreements and grant the county administrator the right to waive ticket fees for a limited number of special circumstances.

All terms are to be discussed and later approved by both county and city officials.



Clinton County hopes to begin construction on the lot this fall, Miller said. 

"So time is of the essence, because there is a bidding process."


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