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Village continues parking discussion

WATKINS GLEN–Odd/even parking is a consistent topic for the Watkins Glen Village Board, and their regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19 proved to be no different.  
Ted Marks, who is not a resident of the village, but works with the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, recently received a parking ticket on First Street, and was confused as to why he received it.  He first questioned the legality of this rule by asking how the village can enforce this rule without telling anyone which side is odd and which side is even.  Secondly, he said he understands the odd/even parking makes it easier to plow in the winter, but First Street is wider than the other streets in the village.  Thirdly, he addressed that tourists will be coming to this new hotel and they have no way of knowing which side to park on.  He said the parking is needed for hotel business.  “I think it is illegal and very unfair,” he said.  
Trustee William E. Smagner, responded by saying new signs will be installed to tell people which side is which.  “I think that is a little unreasonable on that street, because that street is wide enough,” Marks said, and asked that the board consider eliminating the odd/even parking rule on First Street.  
“The odd/even parking I think is working really good, better than last year,” Don Perry Superintendent of Streets said.  He did however, agree with Marks by saying First Street is wide enough, and since there are no houses on the street it would be possible to do away with the odd/even parking rule.  
Trustee Wayne N. Weber, responded by saying if that happens then the curbs cannot be cleaned and it can create some icy situations.   
“We have discussed it (the odd/even parking issue) and we will probably continue to discuss it,” Mayor Judy H. Phillips said.  In the meantime the board will continue to figure out installation of new signs.   
The board is also going to review and bring back an agreement that Superintendent of Public Works Mark Specchio prepared for the ongoing municipal services with the Village of Odessa and the Village of Watkins Glen water department.  
The board will review a letter from the Italian-American Committee and have a response by the next regular meeting regarding several questions about certain charges, such as what was at Clute Park during the Italian-American Festival and how long it was there.  
Clute Park Manager Michelle E. Hyde, sent a memo to the board from Seneca Sail and Power Squadron asking if they could use Clute Park to host a public safety education program.  “I see no problem having it at the park, and it will be a service to the community,” Hyde wrote.
The next meeting of the Watkins Glen Village Board will be on Monday, Feb. 1, 2010.

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