The room was filled to the rafters for the Town of Mamaroneck Board meeting on Wednesday, April 21. On hand was a contingent of Mamaroneck Town firefighters, who were being honored for rescuing a resident, and at least thirty residents of the Washington Square area ready to present their views on the parking plan for their neighborhood. Once again, the parking situation occupied most of the evening, and although much of the discussion had an air of déja vu, there were new details to the plan proposed by the board.
The session began on a high note in a recognition ceremony for those who rescued a resident and his dog on February 16 when both had fallen through thin ice at the Larchmont Reservoir. Supervior Valerie O’Keeffe first thanked the fire department, police department and Ambulance Corps and then presented honors to fifteen of the rescuers (Brendan Collins, Joseph Russo, David Commender, Doug Burrell, Dennis Delborgo, Gary Kaplan, Larry Oberman, Harald Duell, John Jirgal, Matt Peloso, Andrew Siano, Paul Tortorella, Peter Aquilino, John Pierce, and Michael Ross) Fortunately there were no injuries to resident, dog and firefighters, but both the supervisor and Councilman Ernie Odierna cautioned residents to walk pets on a leash to prevent similar accidents.
Then, it was on to parking. At the outset, Supervisor O’Keeffe noted that the board had reviewed its original proposals in light of residents’ comments and had tried to be “flexible and accommodating to as many as we can” in formulating the current plan.
Lot 3 (Parking Deck) The deck, which is expected to come online by June 1, will have 118 undesignated spaces available for 24-hour parking. Fifteen of these spaces (five less than originally planned) will be sold to area businesses for daytime use (8 am-6 pm). There will be 4 or 5 spaces on the deck’s upper level for handicapped parking. Two spots will have additional space for wheelchair access, as required by federal regulations. The cost of a one-year permit is now $600 for residents, $480 for seniors and $400 for area businesses (rather than the flat $875 as first proposed). There will be a $35 surcharge for paying in two installments. The board will reevaluate the success of the plan in six months to determine whether there needs to be more spaces for business parking.
The proposal was unchanged for the other lots: $300 per year for Lot 4; $50 per year and $5 per day for 6 metered spots on Myrtle and 11 on Maxwell; a 3-hour maximum and 75 cents per hour rate at meters for daytime on-street parking on Myrtle and Madison.There was no further discussion of overnight street parking for residents, since the requisite “home rule” request has yet to be authorized by the New York Legislature. (See: TOM Parking Plans Spark Controversy.)