continued During the public hearing, Dove said, “I think we have a pretty good law in front of us.” She praised Sennett and Cromp for their dedication and willingness to listen to all comments and suggestions.
“This will help economic development and hopefully have no negative impact,” Dove said.
After no one else in the audience of 20 or so attendees asked to speak during the public hearing, Mayor Marty Hubbard said to much laughter, “This has definitely got to be the quietest parking meeting I’ve ever been to.”
The parking fee issue has been ongoing since 2009, when the parking trust fund law was passed that required all residential and commercial buildings in the village to have a certain number of off-street parking and loading spaces available to their residents, customers and employees. Anyone who could not produce the prescribed amount of parking — calculated by building or business size — could apply for a waiver from the village zoning board of appeals at a cost of $7,500 per needed parking space.
The law was so contentious that this past summer a new local law was proposed to amend the village code to reduce the “off-street parking space fee” from $7,500 to $1,500. After some well-attended and high-spirited public hearings and board debate on the proposed law, it was shelved and the parking committee was organized to recommend changes to the parking issue.
These changes were presented at the Oct. 13 village board meeting, after which a public hearing to consider the law was scheduled for Nov. 10.
At the end of the public hearing during the board’s Nov. 10 meeting, Sennett made the motion to approve the new law and Cromp seconded. The board passed the law unanimously, after which the audience broke into applause.
“John and Mary really need to be commended for their effort,” Hubbard said.
The language of Local Law No. 3 is available for download on the village website under the “publications” link, or a copy can be obtained at the village offices.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.