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Schenectady mayor to set parking fees in plan

New meters allow variable pricing

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A change to the parking ordinance in Schenectady would give Mayor Gary McCarthy control over hourly rates at new electronic meters that will cover more than 150 parking spots in the city. The proposal would eliminate existing parking rates, which were set by a current city ordinance to be either 50 cents or $1 per hour, and allow for new flexibility based on location and date. A public hearing on the ordinance will be held ...


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gina99
June 20, 2013
7:18 a.m.

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An other terrible idea that will chase off customers for the few remaining stores. Instead of overdue cuts we get more and more of these desperate acts for revenue.

dagiacalone
June 20, 2013
8:09 a.m.

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The emphasis at the Public Hearing should not be on the details of rates and duration of parking at various locations. That's a distraction. It should be on whether the Council should cede its authority and responsibility for rates to the Mayor or his designee.

The public should know that the Mayor is likely to designate the Chief Engineer to handle rates and that Mr. Wallin has already recommended (in a May 31st memo to the Council) that rates be raised to a dollar an hour citywide.

(By the way, the current Ordinance sets rates at 25¢ per hour everywhere but number of blocks of State St., which are 25¢ for 15 minutes.)

dagiacalone
June 20, 2013
8:20 a.m.

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p.s. I forgot above to say that the new proposal covers all of the City's parking meters, not just spaces controlled by the kiosks. The proposed amendment says: "The Mayor or his or her designee is hereby authorized to determine the duration times and fees for the operation of meters or kiosks on any parking space."

One very important issue is whether the Mayor would expand coverage past the current 6 PM limit, and start charging on weekends and holidays.

sharon12305
June 20, 2013
3:48 p.m.

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I wish our Mayor would think of revenue generation on a larger scale than parking fees. Even if the rates are raised to $1 an hour, it will take 6500 hours of use to pay for just one meter.

Tocker3law
June 20, 2013
5:19 p.m.

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It sounds very complicated . How many City employee man hours will be used to figure this all out? We want less complications not more. Take all the meters out and downtown will boom. Take the money we save on the meters and use it to fix the sidewalks on the western side of Jay St diagonally across the street from the Post Office and put in some Victorian Lights . The sidewalks and lights are neglected in that area but not all around including Little Italy and City Hall areas. It strange when the Post Office is on the National Historic register. We have a misplaced priority situation downtown.

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