Local businessman Ron Patterson recently addressed the board regarding parking issues during this year's Oktoberfest. Patterson, whose business is located along Oswego Street with parking accessible in the lot where Oktoberfest was held, said when the event's tents were set up, parking spots were taken away from his customers.
"If there isn't parking really close, we lose," he said, because many of his clients are senior citizens. He added he wasn't against the event, just against it hurting business.
Trustee John Salisbury agreed.
"Not only was there a shortage of parking spaces, but there was difficulty getting in there," he said.
Since the area will be redeveloped next year, it won't be able to accommodate Oktoberfest, so businesses will not be affected by the event next year. The event is looking for an alternate site.
Patterson also said there is not enough parking to begin with, and with the redevelopment of the old Harrington Firehouse lot, there will be even less parking. Trustee Mark Wilder said the plan didn't include a reduction in parking spots and encouraged Patterson to take part in redevelopment meetings.
"There is a perception in this village that we have a parking issue. I can show you a satellite image that shows we have an abundance of parking," Saraceni said. "We'll never make Baldwinsville a more pedestrian friendly village if all we do is cater to parking."