Ogdensburg plans to eliminate speed and parking restrictions at former Sherman Elementary School
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 2:29 pm

OGDENSBURG -- With the sale and closure of Sherman Elementary School, city officials are hoping to remove unnecessary speed and parking laws that remain in effect.

City council approved a public hearing May 12 at 7 p.m. at city hall to discuss the proposal.

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

It would also eliminate 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.