ILION — The Ilion village board has scheduled a public hearing for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, on a proposed local law that would prohibit parking on front lawns.

Village Attorney Mark Rose drafted the proposed law, basing it on a similar law in effect in the City of Utica.

Police Chief Timothy Parisi asked at Wednesday’s village board meeting how the front yard would be defined. He noted some homes are located on corner lots with yards facing streets in two directions.

Rose said there is no way a law can deal with every hypothetical situation. If someone were to challenge the law it would be up to the courts to decide.

The board had asked Rose to draft a law as a result of a recommendation from the Ilion Citizens Codes Committee. Committee members attended a meeting last month to ask why the board had not acted on the committee’s earlier request to regulate parking on lawns and said such a law would improve the overall appearance of the village at no cost to residents.

Resident concerns

Susan Potter, of Montgomery Street, reported on behalf of neighbors on her street and Third Avenue, about concerns in their neighborhood, including damage to her vehicle and loud parties that continue late into the night at a nearby residence. She said the people there hold bonfires in the front yard. While she had not called the police about the noise, other neighbors had.

"There’s a lack of police patrols in our neighborhood and I don’t know why," she said.

Potter said the people living at that residence pile their garbage behind the house and don’t put it out for collection.

Naomi Warner said she could not open the windows at her house because of the odor from the garbage, but she was told that unless it was visible from the front of the house, the codes officer could do nothing about it. The property owner was told of the situation, but has apparently not taken any action.

Mayor Terry Leonard asked Parisi to check the police logs regarding complaints and how police responded. Village Administrator James Kramas offered to serve as a liaison between the village and the group of neighbors.

Kramas also reported that he is working to find the reason for a rodent problem in the area of Central Avenue in the village. Six or eight houses in a small area have been affected. Kramas said he has been knocking on doors and is trying to determine what is drawing rats to the area around Pine and Spruce streets.

Peter Martin, of Affordable Cab, told the board he has no problem with the village’s permit process required to operate a taxicab, but said all cab operators should be required to meet the same standards. Some take the decals off their vehicles or claim they are not covered by the law because they are operating medical transports when they are also providing taxi service, he said. Uber drivers are also coming in and are not covered by the same rules.

Parisi said his department seeks to treat all taxi services the same, enforcing the law regarding permits. The state has regulations covering Uber drivers.