Updated 03/21/2013 07:47 AM
Parking changes could be coming to the Village of Horseheads
Soon you may need to bring some change to park in parts of the Village of Horseheads. If lawmakers have their way, it's going to cost you to park in Hanover Square. But not everyone thinks it’s a great idea. YNN's Crystal Cranmore spoke with some members of the community who want to put the brakes on the plan.
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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. -- Business owners in the Village of Horseheads are trying to stop any idea of adding parking meters in Hanover Square.
Village officials say parking availability has become an issue downtown and they want to start cracking down on drivers who don't adhere to the two hour limit.
According to the Village Manager, adding meters is one possible solution to the problem.
“The object of course is to keep traffic moving and customers moving along so that new customers can come in,” said Walt Herbst, Village Manager.
Joyce Barbaro who owns A Hair and Nail Spa thinks adding meters might actually drive customers away.
“I'd hate to see them go elsewhere because of parking meters,” said Barbaro.
Not all of the trustees were on board with the idea of adding meters.
“They pay enough taxes. To add one more fee would most likely drive them away,” Trustee Mike Skroskznik said.
“We live in a state where the economy is not great right now. People come to the village to get a lower price from the merchants, opposed to brand name stores in other locations.”
Customers visiting Hanover square had varying opinions on the matter.
“I wouldn't be opposed to it if it creates more parking spaces. Often times, it is difficult to park here,” said Tony Pariso.
“If I could get a spot easier, I'd be glad,” said Kathy Cushing.
“I probably wouldn't park there. I'd find a place where I didn't have to park at a meter,” said Risa Nichols.
Wednesday night's meeting was called for the sole purpose of throwing out various solutions to the parking problem. Village officials say they will have more discussions before they make a decision.