I was heartened to read the letters from Grace Kull, Miller and Mahlum, and former mayor Wendell Tripp. The opponents to paid parking have every right to complain, although I thought there had been a time for that before the practice was implemented. And they have a right to sue, although I don’t see much of a chance of winning; the elected officials of a municipality instituted a policy under their purview, and recourse would lie in electing other trustees to replace them.
But having the right to do something does not make what you do right. As Miller and Mahlum point out, only the attorneys will profit from this, and please, this is not an attack on attorneys. As a village taxpayer (unlike many of those from surrounding areas whom I have overheard complain about this measure), I applaud anything that can bring in the much needed revenue and do it by getting the lion’s share from visitors.
But no policy is without faults, and that is why we experiment and adjust, and why I make the following suggestions:
1. While Memorial Day weekend may be too much revenue to pass up, why not suspend paid parking until the Saturday of the following weekend, or whenever the Dreams Park opens.
2. During two weeks in March (or sometime in winter), sell parking permits for $10, and advertise this fact in the Journal and the Crier.
3. Also run in the two local papers as a weekly two line public service announcement, the fact that on Friday, paid parking is in effect from noon to 6 p.m.
At the very least, let’s set aside what could become a costly suit and see what good minds can come up with.
President, Canadarago Lake Improvement Association
A non-discriminatory parking solution