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Mayor responds to parking questions

GUEST COLUMN

— Several questions have surfaced recently regarding parking in the village, particularly near the post office. I offer the following to clarify some of these points:

—Concerns and complaints about parking have been an issue dating back nearly half a century as evidenced by countless articles and letters in the archives of The Cazenovia Republican. The village of Cazenovia will continue to pursue solutions to these issues and we always welcome feedback. Parking must always balance the needs of local residents, workers, visitors and public safety.

—During the redesign of the street and curb area near the post office last summer, an additional parking space was added. There are as many regular spots in front of the post office and across the street as there have always been. No spots were taken for the new handicapped space, this was added.

—After careful consideration of the options, we decided to place the handicapped space on the street instead of in the lot for the benefit of seniors and others with handicapped passes who want to visit the post office. Expanded access for those with disabilities throughout our village is an ongoing goal and the right thing to do.

—In cooperation with the postal service, a drop box was added to the drive way of the parking lot so residents who only need to drop off mail may do so without parking, thus freeing up spaces.

—If no on-street spaces are available near the post office, the pay station in the parking lot takes quarters at a rate of 15 minutes per quarter. I have never needed to use this option during dozens of my own visits to the post office in the past six months but I tried it last week. I timed the process from exiting my car to printing the pass and it took 41 seconds.

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