Village code amendments to accommodate upcoming parking meters in Patchogue Village were approved at Monday’s Patchogue Village Board of Trustees meeting at Patchogue Village Hall.
The amendments allow the meters to be in three types of parking zones in the Village. Main Street between West Avenue and Rider Avenue along with some of South Ocean Avenue and Railroad Avenue is labeled as Zone A, Zone B is parking areas other than Main Street nor the train station and Zone C is the train station. Of the three, Zone C has already has parking meters, which are getting replaced to the upcoming meters that are networked via cellular internet to accept payment from cash, credit/debit card and payments via cell phone. Village attorney Brian Egan said that the other amendments will allow for the payment of parking meter by debit and credit card, as well as for the board to be able to make future changes by resolution.
Village residents are currently expected to be able to park freely in Zone B and Zone C using a sticker, and Patchogue’s Main Street in Zone A is slated to be metered for all residents. Residents who live outside of Patchogue Village will be able to park freely in about 65 percent of the parking spots all of the time, with 35 percent being metered at different times, Deputy Mayor Jack Krieger told Patch Monday.
A date for the start of the operation of the parking meters is yet to be set, but is still estimated to be sometime this Fall. Proposed parking rates, which were announced in July, are 25 cents per half hour or $5 flat rate for a full night.