L'pool parking survey underway

Volunteers, including several members of the Liverpool Village Planning Board and at least one village trustee, will roam village streets Wednesday Nov. 29 and Saturday Dec. 2, counting the number of parked cars throughout those days. The baseline parking survey -- which is part of the design implementation for the village's recently adopted Comprehensive Plan -- is being coordinated by municipal engineers from Clough Harbour & Associates, Walt Kalina, Tim Faulkner and Mike Alexander.

"We want to see where the parking is heaviest in the village during certain times of the day," Faulkner explained at the planning board's monthly meeting Monday Nov. 27 at the Village Hall.

Seven surface lots

The survey, which focuses on the village business district, will examine 12 specific areas along Tulip, Oswego and First streets. The study area includes seven surface parking lots, such as the municipal parking lot on the south side of lower First Street, the Nichols Supermarket parking lot on upper First Street, Liverpool Public Library's basement lot on Tulip Street and The Retreat's lot at First and Vine streets. Volunteers, who include planning board Chairman Joe Ostuni Jr. and village Trustee Nick Kochan, planned to work from 6:45 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Saturday surveyors wanted

Additional volunteers are welcome to help out Saturday, meeting at the Village Hall, 310 Sycamore St., at 8:45 a.m. Dec. 2. Data will be collected until about 4 p.m. Saturday. To volunteer, call Ostuni at 457-3328, or e-mail him at jostuni1@twcny.rr.com. Parking surveyors can volunteer for certain time slots or the entire day.

"We'll be counting the number of parked cars," Faulkner said, "not the number of unused spaces."

The parking survey should continue through much of 2007 so that seasonal fluctuations can be detected.

"The parking study is part of the next phase of implementation of the Village of Liverpool Comprehensive Plan," Ostuni said. "It'll help the village assess the need for parking in order to guide future planning and development decisions."

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