A municipal parking lot in Manlius has a good chance of becoming metered. By July 1, if the Manlius Village Board decides not to renew a contract with the lot's owners, then the business partners can do with it what they wish, and paid parking is a clear cut option -- one that some business owners fear.
"We'll be out of business the minute the paid parking goes up," said Carol Porto, who owns Caf (c) 119 on East Seneca Turnpike with her husband Charles. The lot in question sits directly behind her business off Keith Morgan Way. She said the business won't last without the few spots they lease in back and they have no parking spaces in front. Other businesses affected include the Manlius Art Cinema, Feats of Clay and Ling Ling Chinese Restaurant.
For almost three years, the village paid Mike Magley and Brian Baker of Clancy-Magley $1,600 per month for the 37-space public lot, which also included maintenance, striping, paving and plowing.
When the contract was due to expire earlier this year, village trustees unanimously voted to drop the payment to $500 per month plus maintenance of the parking lot for one year, according to the March 11 minutes. This temporary agreement ran out June 1 and now Magley wants the issue resolved by end of month. If no contract is signed between the village and or the retailers, Magley wrote, in a June letter to those immediately affected, the parking lot would go from free to a fee, said Nat Tobin, owner of Manlius Art Cinema and recipient of Magley's correspondence.
"This shouldn't be contentious and I don't want it to be," Magley said at a meeting between village officials and business owners held June 16 at the Manlius Village Centre.
Magley is asking for more money than the village wants to pay, and retailers are not willing to cough up the difference.