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September 27, 2013

Village sees rise in sales tax revenues


In other news Monday, after public hearings, the trustees unanimously passed two local laws and approved a SEQRA review of the public docks.

Local Law #12 will create a handicap parking space on upper Main Street. The space will be created from two existing spaces close to 169 Main St. and will not be subject to any paid parking requirements.

Local Law #13 removed four two hour parking spaces from the north end of Nelson Avenue. Residents had complained that employee parking from the Otesaga was jamming up the street and blocking driveways. Village employees investigating the complaint said the street was unsafe for emergency vehicles.

Rick Jagels, who lives at 22 Nelson St., said the law does not do enough, and that he fears the change will push the problem down the block.

“The proposed law is sound, but somewhat arbitrary,” he said. “This is not a residential problem, nor is it a tourist problem. This is solely a hotel employee problem. There is a use of approximately 10 to 12 spaces from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. This is for three to four distinct shifts. They are creating a most un-residential presence.”

Jagels said that he has met with Otesaga officials and has been told that Otesaga employees are not allowed to park in the hotel parking lot during peak seasons, and that management is unwilling to do anything further to encourage shuttle usage.

The trustees agreed to pass the proposed law rather than table it and hold another public hearing in two months without taking some action. However they did agree to refer the matter back to the public safety committee to see if the parking ban should be extended.

The approval on the SEQRA hearing about the village boat dock revitalization project came after officials determined that the project would not affect the environment in any detrimental way.

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