Street parking by Blue Canoe restaurant in Erieville won’t change

Town board takes no action to limit parking to one side of North Lake Road

— After more than one hour of discussion at a Sept. 12 public hearing, the Nelson Town Board took no action to change the parking regulations on North Lake Road in Erieville by the Blue Canoe restaurant after residents who in July overwhelmingly wanted no parking along the north side of the road this month declared the south side should be the no parking side.

The sudden opposition to the planned parking rule change, which appeared all but certain after last month’s board meeting, caused a motion to vote on the parking change to fail after it did not receive a second. The board members also traveled out to North Lake Road last week to walk the road again and reassess the parking ramifications of any rule change.

The parking issue, which was discussed by the board last year, was again broached this past July when the Erieville Fire Department advised the town board that the area near the Blue Canoe was congested at times due to cars parking on both sides of the road, and needed to be passable by emergency equipment. Residents also complained that parking rules on North Lake Road are unclear since the “No Parking” signs that currently exist on that road — mostly on the north side — are confusing.

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.

During the Sept. 12 public hearing, however, multiple area residents said that parking should be allowed on the north side and prohibited on the south side because the north side has fewer driveways and mailboxes and would allow a greater number of cars to park on the road. Town board members appeared surprised by the sudden change in resident opinion, and, when questioned as to why the board wanted to prohibit parking on the north side of the road, town Councilors John LaGorga and Dean Coe both responded that the plan was created based on resident input in July.

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