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December 19, 2013

Village trustees proposing only small parking changes

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The board also indicated last week that they intend to buy two more machines for on-street paid parking, to replace the lost machines, and buy an additional machine for Doubleday Field.

The board plans to raise the all-day parking fees at Doubleday Field from $10 to $14. The consensus was that the rate hike was still lower than private all-day parking fees in the Chestnut Street lot owned by Vin Russo, but would make the on-street fee of $4 for two hours more in line with the all-day costs.

“The private parking has been at times $15, $20 and $25, and he consistently sells out,” Katz said. “But ($14) is still a bit of a discount from the equivalent cost of parking on the street all day, if that were possible.

“Really what we want is to encourage people to use all-day parking if they are going to be in the village for long periods, because we want to have turnover in the on-street spots,” he continued.

The trustees also agreed to replace the mail-only parking permit system so that anyone who wants to buy a permit can pay for it in the village offices and get the permit the same day. This season all permits were sent by mail.

The trustees have also proposed that the price of permits will change slightly to accommodate households with more than one car. The cost of the first permit will still be $25 but additional permits issued to the same household address will be $15 each.

The village had been soliciting public feedback on parking for the past month, and got officially 30 responses. According to Katz, only three called for the end of on-street paid parking while two asked for village-wide paid parking.

“There were only 30 official pieces of feedback, but the truth is we have been getting unofficial feedback since the summer,” Katz said.

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