Several weeks ago now, we dutifully went online and printed out a copy of village’s paid parking survey. After all, we rarely, if ever, pass up an opportunity to share our thoughts on almost any subject. However, as we read the survey, we realized that we really are not in a position to respond to it as we never once parked in any paid parking space all summer. Nor did we park in any handicapped, and thus free space, all summer. In fact, we don’t think ever visited Main Street this past summer so we must conclude that the paid parking affected us not at all. Of course, that was not the case for everyone. And even though we are not in a position to answer the survey, it does not mean we don’t have some thoughts, which we are more than willing to share, on the subject.
In the first place, we would like to point out that it is helpful to make the designated handicapped spaces exempt from the paid parking regulations. Having to go through the process of accessing the parking machines presents a challenge that has the potential to prove difficult for those with mobility issues. However, making the handicapped spaces exempt does not help the handicapped person who might be fortunate enough to find to a non-handicapped space in front of their exact destination. As we said before the paid parking went into effect, if the village is really serious about mitigating the paid parking problems for the handicapped, the village would exempt the vehicles with handicapped permits, not just the handicapped spaces.
And secondly, try as we might we cannot understand the logic of the hourly rate for paid parking. In what we would tend to consider the more desirous, long term paid parking in Doubleday Field, one can park all day, a total of nine hours, for $10.00. This works out to be $1.11 per hour. Yet the less desirable, two hour parking on the street, costs $2.00 an hour. It would seem to us that is a huge deal for those wishing to park all day. And we have to wonder if people are indeed willing to pay $2.00 an hour to park short term, they would be equally willing to pay at least $15.00 to park all day.