Village parking and traffic law changes voted

— Village parking and traffic issues were the main focus in a busy meeting of the village trustees on Aug. 24, with one local parking law voted to be withdrawn and one local traffic law voted to be drawn up.

In a quick and simple action that was called a “formality” by Mayor Marty Hubbard, the board voted unanimously to withdraw Local Law No. 1 of 2011, which would amend the village code to reduce the “off-street parking space fee” from $7,500 to $1,500.

The move was the next step in a process that has seen numerous moratoriums, public hearings and public information meetings on the contentious issue.

Last week, Trustees Mary Sennett and John Cromp, part of an ad hoc committee on the issue, held two public information meetings about the parking waiver fee. At both they explained the work of the village board and the ad hoc committee, the meetings they have held, the approach they have taken, and the ideas they have been considering since the July 14 public hearing on the proposed law, including grandfathering, counting spaces and changing the fee to $1,700.

Sennett made clear that discussions are ongoing and no final decisions have been made.

The village board also at the Aug. 24 meeting unanimously agreed to draw up and hold a public hearing on a new local law to place six new stop signs in the village: five in the Parkside housing subdivision and one at the intersection of Leitch and Academy streets.

The Parkside signs are part of the continued development of that project, and the addition or amendation of stop or other traffic signs will continue to be considered, the trustees agreed.

The proposed stop sign at Leitch and Academy is based on public sentiment and public safety issues, especially with school starting next week. The village board already has received a petition by 30 residents of Leitch and Academy streets in favor of a stop sign.

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