EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – After years of lax enforcement of expired parking meters in Bronxville, the village Board of Trustees has announced that at the behest of local business owners, officers will begin issuing tickets to vehicles with lapsed meters in the shopping district.
At their latest trustees meeting, Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin announced parking enforcement officers have been instructed to begin issuing tickets to cars on Pondfield Road, Park Place and Paxton Avenue if the meter is blinking red.
According to Marvin, local merchants complained vehicles occupying vital parking spots in front of their businesses were being used by nearby employees, not customers looking to shop locally.
“We have worked tirelessly with the Chamber of Commerce, which is also very aware of and sensitive to this problem, to implore employees to park in the less prime spaces, to purchase a merchant parking permit or have employers require staff to park away from potential customer spaces,” she said.
“After conducting repeated surveys of Pondfield Road, Park Place and Paxton Avenue, we sadly concluded that the power of verbal persuasion was not working. A very high percentage of cars on these streets belonged to employees of our establishments.”
Marvin reminded the community that while the 90-minute parking limit can be prohibitive to those looking to spend an extended period of time in the village, there are long-term parking options at the Garden Avenue, Cedar Street and Kraft Avenue lots.
With enforcement of parking restrictions expected to be ramped up, the village is pursuing technological options that include a phone-meter payment system, in addition to old-fashioned coin operation.
“We need to weigh the disparate impacts in hopes of avoiding some inherent pitfalls or unintended domino effects. To that end, we are actively canvassing area communities to see how they handle various scenarios,” Marvin said. “As with any changes, the trustees will never be wedded to an initial plan if there is a better way to achieve the desired result. Such is true with the current meter-feeding prohibition.”
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