The upcoming Patchogue Village parking meters are on their way in the next few weeks, deputy mayor Jack Krieger said at Tuesday’s Patchogue Village Board of Trustees meeting at Patchogue Village Hall.
Krieger said that the meters will first debut on Main Street, South Ocean Avenue and Railroad Avenue, with parking lots to follow in the spring. He added that this will allow the meters to first be introduced to shoppers while code enforcement officers get used to the new system. Exact dates have not been announced yet.
“The first few weeks there will be a grace period where we will not be handing out tickets,” Krieger said. “We will be handing out warnings to people who park there over time.”
The parking lots, which include those on Church Street, Oak Street and Terry Street, will be re-surfaced for the arrival of their parking meters, Krieger said. The lots will also be re-striped to create additional spaces, which Krieger said is advised by Gerry Giosa of Level G Parking Consultants. Krieger said that re-surfacing in the fall would be problematic due to the weather possibly not allowing the lots to dry properly as well as possible complications from falling leaves.
The parking meter update came with the board approving the hiring of Park Line Asphalt Maintenance to paint pavement markings and numbers of Main Street, South Ocean Avenue and Railroad Avenue for an amount not to exceed $9,700. Krieger said these markings will be for the meters.
Proposed parking rates, which were announced in July, are 25 cents per half hour or $5 flat rate for a full night.
Village residents are currently expected to be able to park freely in all parking areas except for Main Street. 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, Krieger told Patch in September.
Revenue from the parking meters is expected to contribute toward possible creation of additional parking necessitated by Patchogue Village's growth.
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