Village of Skaneateles to consider new parking law

Concerns raised about on-street parking on narrow roads

The Skaneateles village board of trustees discussed the possibility of making a new local law that would prohibit parking on one side of narrow streets in the village at its Aug. 8 meeting.

The village received an email from Skaneateles Fire Department Fire Chief Eric Sell expressing concern over the current situation. Many of the streets in the village are impassable by fire truck or ambulance when cars are parked on both sides of the street, Sell said in the email.

Sell requested that the village re-evaluate all the streets in the village, but particularly the roads in the newly built Parkside subdivision such as Orchard, Sinclair and Packwood, which he said are hard to drive down in a regular car when there are vehicles parked on both sides.

“It’s not just contractors, it’s homeowners, and they park out in the middle of the road all night long and it’s a hazard,” Sell said at the meeting.

The board and Police Chief Lloyd Perkins said they would work on evaluating all the village roads before putting together a proposal. On-street parking is already prohibited on certain streets in the village, and board members said they wanted to address all possible problem areas with this local law.

Before making a proposal there are a number of considerations to be made, such as which direction emergency vehicles would likely be driving down a street, locations of fire hydrants and locations of curves in the road, Perkins said.

Trustee Sue Jones suggested that before the village holds a public hearing on a proposed law, it should send out letters to notify residents that live on affected streets to engage them to give feedback. All public hearings are publicized through a notice in a local newspaper, but a letter or more direct notification to residents would help the board get the best possible feedback, Jones said.

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