Skaneateles: Village approves parking moratorium

"If three to four months into this moratorium we see a problem we can go back," Green said, adding the board could then adopt another local law and therefore terminate the moratorium.

According to Trustee Sue Jones, she does not believe any damage done by the moratorium would be "unfixable" come Dec. 31, 2010.

"The 2005 parking law was a bad law from the get-go," said Bob Eggleston. "Four years later all of a sudden, others see it's a bad law. ... It's become apparent that minor, small changes have become cumbersome."

However, Eggleston said he was saddened the trustees were not going to move forward with the law they had been working on for the last several months.

Village resident Jim Williams said as someone who lived through the pain of the current law, he applauded the board for their decision and suggested that during the moratorium the trustees have people who live in the downtown district and those who have been paying the fee be actively involved in discussions about the law.

"I applaud the trustees on the work they've done," said Sue Dove, executive director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce. "I think you've got a good proposal. Let's let it go for a while ... see what happens."

Resident Julie Sharpe also spoke in favor of the local law.

"I've watched you through your workshops and I think the moratorium is a great idea," she said.

According to Green, the board will be looking at every aspect of law enforcement while the moratorium is in effect.

Trustee Tim Lynn said the village would be stepping up its enforcement of parking during that time by holding people to the two-hour parking limits within the village.

"We're going to make sure the parking works," he said.

The moratorium also will give the board time to see how parking happens throughout the year. Since the construction season is nearing an end for the year, they will have a chance to see one full season to get an idea as to how it works.

"I'm in favor of the moratorium as a time to study what can happen," Trustee Marc Angelillo said. "It's helpful to listen to the public."

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