Ogdensburg lawmakers remove speed, parking restrictions near former Sherman School
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 5:27 pm

OGDENSBURG -- City Councilors have removed parking and speed restrictions in front of the now defunct and privately owned Sherman School.

The decision followed a brief public hearing Monday that drew no community comments.

The change eliminates a 20 mph speed limit on Franklin Street in front of the former school, which runs from Jay Street to Montgomery Street.

It also eliminates various parking restrictions from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. that were associated with the school.

City council proposed the changes following concerns from a Franklin Street resident who questioned the necessity of the restrictions now that the school has been closed and sold.

Although city council seems to favor the change a public hearing is required when amending laws, creating or deleting laws.

Ogdensburg City School District closed Sherman Elementary School in June of 2013 and agreed to sell the property to John Wade for $20,000 after earlier attempts to market the property were unsuccessful.

The board of education originally sought $250,000 for the 16,000 square foot building, but was unable to find a buyer anywhere near that price.

Ogdensburg City School District also plans to close and market Lincoln Elementary School in June.