At its December 16 meeting, the Mamaroneck Town Board scheduled two public hearings (for parking in Washington Square), approved three bid proposals (for Memorial Park’s pump station, the Senior Nutrition Center and Meals-on-Wheels), and passed two bond resolutions (for improvements at the Town Center and parking meters on Myrtle Boulevard and Madison Avenue).
Public Hearing on January 6 to Set Fees for Myrtle/Madison Parking Meters
The board is required to hold public hearings prior to enacting a law establishing parking fees. Parking meters will be installed on both sides of Myrtle Boulevard from North Chatsworth Avenue to the “bend” where Myrtle terminates and on both sides of Madison Avenue until it terminates at Fifth Avenue. As Town Supervisor Valerie O’Keeffe noted, the planned installation has been discussed at Town Board meetings for at least four years.
The board has proposed fees of 75 cents per hour with a 3-hour limit per vehicle. The meters will be in operation 8 am to 6 pm, six days per week, with no fees charged on Sundays. No fees will be applicable on Sundays.
The board also approved the issuance of $55,ooo in bonds (to mature in five years, the estimated life of a parking meter) to cover the cost of the purchase and installation of the new meters. Town Administrator Steven Altieri noted that this is a favorable time for borrowing funds, since interest rates are quite low. At the end of a year, the Town may choose to retire, repay or renew the bonds.
Public Hearing on January 20 Regarding Residential Parking for Lester Place
New York State law does not permit communities to limit street parking to residents unless approved by the Legislature and the governor. On July 28, after at least two years of lingering and dying in committee, Mamaroneck Town’s request for a residential parking district in the Washington Square area was signed into law by Governor Patterson.
Now, as a first step, the board would like to establish parking spaces for residents of Lester Place who purchase and affix permits to their vehickles. There are limitations to this plan: the residential parking law cannot apply to the area where Lester Place and Fifth Avenue intersect, as it is a commercial district. Also, 15% of the parking spots on Lester Place must be kept for non-residents.
The Board proposes to charge residents $25 for each parking permit. The number of permits to be issued and the number of available spots will be discussed at the January 20 hearing.
Board Approves Bond Resolutions
The Board approved the issuance of $145,ooo in bonds to pay for the cost of machinery and equipment to construct new conference rooms and a new space for the Mamaroneck Police Department in the Town Center. See Gazette, —– for earlier discussion and approval of these items.
They also approved a low bid of $39,750, presented by West-Fair Electric of Hawthorne, New York for the installation of a new control panel at the sewer station. Mr. Altieri reported that while the Town’s bid for a grant for this project was unsuccessful, the accepted bid is $11,000 below the estimated cost for the project.
2010 Town Budget
The 2010 Town Budget, as presented and approved at the last board meeting, is the final budget for the forthcoming year. Ms. O’Keeffe said the budget’s relatively low 2.5% tax increase and the continuation of a substantial reserve fund put Mamaroneck in the top one or two towns in Westchester-Putnam.
The Biggest Bargain in Town – For Now
Residents of the Town of Mamaroneck who purchased metered parking permits for Lot #1 have not had to pay meter fees for several months. New meters have yet to be installed and will not be in place until the ”shelter hut” that protects them from the elements is in place. But this bargain should end early next year.