Village Parking Lots May See Parking Limitations Year-Round

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The East Hampton Village Board Members will hold a public hearing on March 21 to extend the time limits in village parking lots to year-round, as discussed in a Village Trustee work session on Friday morning.

As of now, the Robert G. Reutershan and Barns Schenck parking lots require vehicles to take a two-hour parking ticket from May 1 through November 30 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., while the lot by the YMCA is long-term and carries no restrictions.

The Bank of New York parking lot, which allows visitors for one hour from May 1 through November 30, would also be subject to the year-round restriction, with operating hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If the time restriction for parking year round were to be passed, all lots’ operating hours would remain the same.

While the change could affect employees of businesses that use the lot during their shift, the long-term lot provides them with a reasonable alternative.

“It’s only a five or six minute difference, from the long-term lot to any of the other time-restricted lots,” said East Hampton Village Mayor Paul Rickenbach. “That’s why we have a lot with long-term capabilities.”

The move for a public hearing, said Mr. Rickenbach, stems from a consistent complaint from business owners who say they are losing customers because their employees take up spots in the short-term lots and potential clientele are unable to park.

“As of right now, it’s deterring the transient public that would like to park and enter the stores,” said Mr. Rickenbach. “As the village we can’t enlarge any parking facilities so we want to ensure there’s a central parking location for people that want to take advantage of the shops.”

The trustees also approved a motion for a public hearing regarding the amount of time construction activities are prohibited. The law as it stands allows construction work from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, from May 15 to September 15. The board has proposed to change the hours to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The hours for gas or disel-powered lawn care equipment are also in question. As of now, homeowners can use the equipment from May 1 through November 30, but could change to April 1 through the second Friday in December if passed. The board also proposed changing the hours for commercial landscaping equipment from 7 a.m. through 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. through 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The hearing will be held on March 21 at 11 a.m. in the emergency services building.

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