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Village To Hear Parking Woes, Ideas

To deal with as many as 150,000 cars in the lots alone, officials call parking summit to address concerns and flesh out alternatives.

East Hampton Village will hear parking concerns and ideas at a forum later this month to discuss with the public everything from instituting a paid parking system to leaving things as is.

On Wednesday, village officials announced it has planned for discussion of parking regulations in the business center on March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Emergency Services Building meeting room. 

"The purpose of this informal discussion is to listen to comments and suggestions concerning parking in the Reutershan and Schenck parking lots and on Main Street and Newtown Lane," the statement said.

The village faces a challenge in that parking is limited. "During the season there are about the same number of employees working in the business center as there are parking spaces," the statement said. "In addition the numbers of vehicles that enter the two 2 hour lots far exceed the number of spaces available."

Under current parking regulations the village enforces a two-hour parking limit in the Reutershan and Schenck Parking Lots. These regulations are in affect May  through November. The board recently . There is also a one hour parking limit on Main Street and Newtown Lane. The Lots parking is available for a 23 hour period.

At the height of last summer, in August, 152,121 cars enter the parking lots. Other figures are as follows:

  • May, 71,374
  • June, 98,462
  • July, 116,483
  • September, 81,114
  • October, 76,393
  • November, 61,057

The village police department recently brought up the idea of using and then generates a ticket for those who exceed the allowed times. The idea was to try to cut down on a labor-intensive, and therefore costly, task.

While the village board is not recommending any alternatives at the coming meeting, they want to hear from businesses, employees and customers.

The village has already gathered a list of alternatives (available in the PDF attached to this article from the village) that range from changing the parking limits to a maximum of three hours in the lots to install a paid parking system.

If you cannot make the meeting, the public was asked to contact the village through mail or email with comments.

Preliator March 01, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Well you can't forget the village is basically the same layout it had in the 17th century, it is what make it the village the village. You are confined by space and costs so no matter what anyone does there is no easy solutions; some people are going to be unhappy no matter what you do. The burden is to find the best solution that fits a particular problem and the right one may not always be the popular one and as always it is going to take time, discussion and a healthy dose of trial and error to get to where you want to be.
Barbara Borsack March 02, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Elaine-you are absolutely right! As a matter of fact that is being addressed and hopefully will be accomplished very soon.
Barbara Borsack March 02, 2012 at 03:06 PM
You are absolutely right - there is no magic bullet and no solution will please everyone. The system now in place may be the best - but it seems worthwhile to re-think things every few years and make sure there isn't some new technology out there that might be worth exploring. And public input is always a good thing!
MARTIN DREW March 02, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I am currently promoting the " bikes at train stations" for rent by anyone who chooses to use them . Municipalities can take the lead role or private investors can make it happen . A survey said 75% of people want more train service ... The rent a bike idea would service local business and beaches in a parking friendly way . As infrastructure to Transportation ; think outside the car ; ride a bike ; )
Elaine Jones March 05, 2012 at 04:37 AM
These blogs are fantastic. Thank you so much to Barbara Borsack and the village leaders. I was called by Larry Cantwell after my blog was posted and he said there is something being done about the handicap parking on Newtown Land in that area. The village people are so willing to listen to advice. I like Tell No LIes idea. Where is there a parking lot in the village that you could have a shuttle service to and from the stores?

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