PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Port Chester is moving ahead with plans to increase the number of parking meters on Midland and Horton avenues.
The village is currently in Phase I of its parking meter expansion project, an effort to streamline efficiency and increase revenue for the village. The first phase included the extension of parking meter hours, as well as the installation of digital pay stations throughout the village. Phase I is expected to be completed by the end of December, and Phase II will begin with the addition of new meters to Midland and Horton avenues.
The village will install 14 digital parking stations along Midland Avenue, which will cover 131 spaces. The installation is expected to cost $181,000, and is projected to generate $261,000 in revenue for the village, according to Chris Ameigh, administrative aid to the village manager. Horton Avenue will require between one and five stations. This will cost between $13,000 and $65,000, and is projected to bring in $56,000 in revenue.
"On Horton Avenue, its kind of a unique location where you have free parking on the north side, paid parking on the south side. So what the effect you get is that everyone just parks on the north side where it's free," Ameigh said. Adding the extra stations will make the street more productive for the village, he said.
The village is also proposing an amendment to its local parking meter law, establishing three-hour time limits on parking on Midland Avenue and Horton Avenue. The limit would be enforced between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Midland Avenue, and between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Horton Avenue. There will be a public hearing on the proposed law change at the next Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Dec. 16.
Port Chester will also begin offering parking meter waivers for disabled residents. With the waiver, severely disabled drivers will not have to pay to park, as long as the driver is not accompanied by somebody who can put money in the meter. The application for the waiver is free and available on the village clerk's website.