EQUAL RIGHTS FOR PARKING IN LAKE PLACID

TheAdirondackCommunityChurchis host to a regular community lunchbox on Wednesdays each week and the efforts are supported by volunteers from around the area who spend their time preparing food, serving lunch, and cleaning the dining area at the church. The Corner of Main Street and Parkside Drive creates a few challenges for the volunteers, one of which is parking, and while parking is not a new issue in the Village of Lake Placid, The question of parking on Parkside Drive may become a regular part of discussions over the next few months.

AUDIO – 071712 – Adirondack Community Church Requests Free Parking

The board received a request from volunteers for some sort of permit to allow them to park in metered parking while they’re working on the community program..  Village Trustee Zay Curtis says it’s a not an easy fix…

Lake Placid’s Board votes to allow three spaces to be “Reserved” on Parkside Drive for Wednesday’s Community Lunch

 VLP7 – Zay Curtis (Zay says they want to support the church’s needs, but give permits to one, you’ll have to give permits to everyone and that would cost revenue)

Curtis moved to deny the churches requests for permits, Trustee Jason Leon suggested there should be a way for the board to support the efforts of the community and the two engaged in a lively debate on the issue.. 

 ITEM #6 – Adirondack Community Church Lunch Program Parking Request

In the end, no parking permits for volunteers, but the board agrees to allow the lunch box to cone off three parking spaces onParkside Driveeach Wednesday at their own expense from 7am until 2pm.

VLP8 – Jason Leon (Jason says the idea of coning off three spots will be a good start and represents an opportunity for the board to support a good cause)

The church will now be allowed to test a concept which will save spots in front of their entrance during the lunch box and Lake Placid’s Village Board appears poised to seriously consider how to deal with the issues on Parkside Drive, including congestion, and the lack of spaces for beachgoers, and the lack of vehicle turnover during the day.

More on this story – we’ll post audio of the conversation – check back for more..

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