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Proposed parking law set for public hearing

— The village board of trustees at its Oct. 13 meeting unanimously approved to hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, on Local Law No. 3 of 2011 — to amend the village code concerning off-street parking and the Parking Trust Fund.

The proposed law would replace the previous “off-street parking space fee” of $7,500 per space to having no fee to businesses for a lack of required parking spaces; and it would scale back on the requirement for off-street parking spaces.

It also would establish a new “off-street parking trust fund” to be used to “ease the shortage of public parking in the downtown area.” The fund will be financed by the gross receipts of parking pay stations and parking passes from the central municipal parking lot and the Fennell Street parking lot.

The proposed law is the result of three months of work by the board’s ad hoc parking committee, which is comprised of Trustees John Cromp and Mary Sennett, Chamber Members Bob Eggleston and Arnie Rubenstein (With input from Sarah and Peter Wiles), and Chamber Director Sue Dove.

“We believe this will support economic development in the village,” Sennett told the board.

The proposed language of Local Law No. 3 is available for download on the village website under the “publications” link.

Also at the meeting:

—Village DPW Director Bob Lotkowicz said West Lake Street has received a thin re-pavement and been “buttoned up for the winter,” and is now open for thru traffic. The road will remain open until next year’s construction season starts in the spring. He also reminded the board that Monday, Oct. 17, is the last day for brush pickup in the village. Leaf pickup will continue until the snow falls.

—The trustees also approved a resolution of appreciation for long-time Skaneateles police officer Reid R. Renner, who retired and recently moved to the state of Georgia.

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