The spot traditionally used as the "mayor's space" on Genessee St. may soon be given back to village residents to use as a quick parking spot to drop off books at the library.
The Skaneateles Library requested that the village give up the "Official Use Only" spot in front of the library for use by library patrons.
Village trustees relayed that library staff was concerned about the safety of elderly patrons who come into the library for only a few minutes. Parking on Genesee Street is difficult and the spot would be convenient, as patrons would not have to cross the street in order to run in to take care of quick library business.
The mayor and trustees had no problems sacrificing the spot and are exploring options for enforcement of the new policy with the Skaneateles Police Department.
The village is considering creating a 15-minute spot that could be used by all residents, a handicapped spot, a 15-minute handicapped spot, a "library use only" spot or a spot reserved for senior citizens.
The last two options are unlikely, however as village trustees were concerned that if they give a spot to the library, other village businesses would request sole use of the parking in front of their buildings as well. Marty Stevens of the police department expressed concern over the legality of senior citizen parking and difficulty with enforcement.
The village is expected to discuss the proposal again at the next meeting, once the lawyer and police officers have looked into the best options for the spot.