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Nelson town board looks to improve parking by Blue Canoe restaurant

During peak times, the parking lot of the Blue Canoe Grill, right, will be full and both sides of North Lake Road, left, will have cars parked along it, which makes the road impassable for emergency vehicles.

During peak times, the parking lot of the Blue Canoe Grill, right, will be full and both sides of North Lake Road, left, will have cars parked along it, which makes the road impassable for emergency vehicles. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— In response to concerns from Erieville residents and the Erieville Fire Department, the Nelson Town Board is working to change the parking ordinance along North Lake Road in Erieville by the Blue Canoe Grill to improve safety and ensure better emergency vehicle passage.

The board held an open discussion on the matter during its July 10 meeting, at which the attending residents unanimously felt a prohibition of parking on the north side of the road, opposite the Blue Canoe, would best satisfy emergency needs and the neighbors in that area. A public hearing was scheduled to be held in August to discuss a new local law to make the change.

The parking issue, which was discussed by the board last year, was again broached recently when the EFD advised the town board that the area near the Blue Canoe was congested at times and needed to be passable by emergency equipment. Visitors to the Blue Canoe (formerly Rosie’s), located at 3568 North Lake Road in Erieville, often park along both sides of North Lake Road, which leaves only a narrow alley passable by cars. Also, due to the configuration of the parking lot, the rear ends of cars parked adjacent to the road often stick out. This is not only prohibitive to emergency vehicles, but also upsetting to neighbors who must navigate the road daily and may at times find their driveways blocked.

There are currently seven signs along North Lake Road stating where cars may or may not park — signs which, residents argue, are unclear and even confusing — but, after a thorough records check by the town clerk, it was discovered there is no record of any parking law for that area of the town, said Nelson Town Councilor Michael Costello, who is also the highway department liaison for the board.

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