Scarcity of parking spots blamed on law PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JANICE MARRA, Staff Writer   
Wednesday, January 06, 1999

LAKE PLACID — The village is studying long-term solutions for its parking problems on Hillcrest Avenue.

Monday night, the Village Board discussed ways of addressing parking and safety on the street, which includes St. Agnes Church and School, a municipal park and residences.

Parking is banned on both sides of the street, which some residents say is causing parking shortages for themselves and their visitors.

Peter Roland Jr., a Hillcrest resident, had approached the board in December to ask that the parking ban be eliminated or modified because the law is causing parking woes.

Residents are also concerned about pedestrian safety on Hillcrest, which lacks a sidewalk. Both St. Agnes School and the municipal park attract pedestrian traffic from children.

The village banned parking on the street for safety reasons, but Mayor James Strack told Roland and other Hillcrest residents at that meeting that the village would try to resolve the situation.

While the Police Department has since increased its traffic-law enforcement in the neighborhood, police will work with the Village Highway Department on studying long-term solutions.

The departments are expected to present their findings at the next village meeting, Jan. 25.

The village is considering placing a three-way stop sign on the street and establishing a parking area as long-term solutions for safety and parking concerns.

The stop signs would be placed at the corner of Hillcrest and Pine Street to slow traffic in mid-street. Hillcrest has a speed limit of 25 miles per hour.

But the village is also studying a more extensive plan to address parking in the village.

About 5 feet of the municipal park closest to the street would be converted into parking spaces for nearby residents. The village is also considering installing a sidewalk in the area.

But not every village trustee thinks that cutting park space is the appropriate solution.

"I'd be opposed to taking away green space for parking," Trustee David Jones said.

But Trustee William Hulshoff said that while he understands concerns about the municipal park, he also thinks that front lawns doubling as parking lots are eyesores.

Roland, in a letter to the Village Board, said he is pleased with the village's efforts to address the problem.

Strack said he hopes the village can move closer to solving the problem at its next meeting.

"Hopefully, we can resolve this. But a lot of times when we try to solve a problem, we get a bigger one."



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