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TOM Board Schedules Two Public Hearings: Parking Meters and Parking Spots

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.

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3 comments to TOM Sets Hearings on Parking Meters & Parking Spots

  • Anon E Mous

    Come one, come all, to the great give-a-way!

    The TOM proposes to take public property, street parking spaces, and provide it exclusively to residents of one street for their own use for parking. It has said nothing about increasing the real estate assessments on such street, although the change presumably increases the property values on that street. Other TOM residents pay real estate taxes associated with their driveways and most of those residents are not even permitted to park on the street in front of their own homes at specified times. Oh, about that proposed $25 fee, has anyone figured the actual cost of administering the permits and enforcement? And, will the Town Council be doing this one street at a time. What evidence exists as to how much thought was given to this ‘process’?

    Did this proposed ‘residential parking law’ get as much thought as it seems did the metered parking permits this year for Lot #1? In a time of revenue shortfalls why is the Town unable to collect the legally mandated charges from certain people for certain parking spaces. What evidence exists as to how much thought was given to this ‘process’?

    As Benjamin Franklin said, ‘All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse’.

    • Turn of Events

      On a sidenote: Do you think Ben Franklin knew he’d be quoted so heavily in the future? Do you think he had such deep thoughts and spoke so eloquently so that his legacy would be sure to live on (not necessarily in the Larchmont Gazette but in this great nation of ours)? His wisdom was so profound….

      Or did he have not a clue, yet he was just ahead of the curve and was speaking in his ordinary dialect?

      • Anon E Mous

        A most provocative question. One which perhaps others with more knowledge could better answer, but sets a fine example of the type of questioning in which some of our municipal leaders perhaps ought engage.

        As to your question, perhaps a hint from Franklin, as he reportedly wrote what was intended to be his own epitaph, ‘The Body of B. Franklin Printer; Like the Cover of an old Book, Its Contents torn out, And stript of its Lettering and Gilding, Lies here, Food for Worms. But the Work shall not be wholly lost: For it will, as he believ’d, appear once more, In a new & more perfect Edition, Corrected and Amended By the Author.’

        Happy Holidays to All,