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Lincklaen Street parking lot on schedule, probable parking fee discussed

— The parking lot at 22 Lincklaen St. is continuing to take shape, with the Lincklaen Street sidewalk repaved last week and lot paving expected to occur Aug. 26 and 27, the village board discussed at its Aug. 8 regular monthly meeting. The only detail left to decide was what to charge for parking once the lot is completed.

Trustee Jim Joseph, who is also the village parking commissioner, said he surveyed seven different college and lake towns to assess their parking lot fees as a way to get a better idea as to what Cazenovia should charge in its new lot. Villages such as Clinton and Hamilton had free parking, Skaneateles charges 50 cents per hour, Lake George charges $1 per hour and Cooperstown charges $2 per hour, Joseph said.

“Taking all that into consideration, if the lot is free it will turn into college student parking,” Joseph said. “Our aim should not be to make a profit but it should be a paid lot.”

Joseph recommended the lot charge be $1 per hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with free parking on Sundays and every night from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Nobody on the board disagreed. Mayor Kurt Wheeler said his goal is to have the lot utilized so he agrees the fee should not be higher than $1 per hour and said he would even go as low as 50 cents per hour.

Wheeler said that after paving is completed there will still be line painting, signage and landscaping to finish, so he suggested the board hold its grand opening of the lot after its Sept. 3 regular monthly meeting.

Also at the meeting, the board:

—Heard from Trustee Fritz Koennecke that while working with CACDA on its new trails signage program, he discovered that village park rules state that village parks are technically to be used by village residents only — and the Lakeland Park sign actually states that rule. While the rule is not enforced, Koennecke asked the board if it wanted to change the rule or just continue to ignore it. The rule, he said, is at odds not only with a welcoming atmosphere for the village, but specifically with the village and CACDA’s program to encourage more use of village trails and parks by residents and visitors. Trustee Amy Mann said the park rules also states no picnicking is allowed, which “makes no sense,” and is also not enforced.

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