A public hearing was conducted Monday on a proposed local law amending the vehicle and traffic law, but some changes will be made before the Herkimer village board votes on it.
The proposed law would place “no parking here to corner” signs at the intersections of South Washington and Steele and South Main and Steele streets where motorists often park too close to the intersection. That causes problems for snowplows when they have to turn onto a street congested with parked vehicles, according to Peter Macri, village department of public works superintendent. When a vehicle is waiting for the traffic light beside the parked vehicles, there is even more congestion, he said, and it is even more difficult for a plow to make a turn onto the side street. He said a right turn from South Washington onto Steele Street is especially difficult.
Board members asked how many parking spaces would be eliminated.
It is already difficult to find parking around the parish hall on South Main Street as well as near some local businesses, resident Joe Chilelli told the board.
Police Chief Joseph Malone said he thought the distances laid out in the proposed law were too great and suggested a uniform distance such as 20 or 25 feet from the intersection or crosswalk.
If Herkimer Area Resource Center employees used their own parking lot, there would be fewer problems with congestion, Trustee Harold Stoffolano said and suggested the village send a letter HARC to seek cooperation in resolving this matter.
The board agreed to look at changing the distances listed in the local law.
Chilelli also approached the board about plans for the St. Anthony’s/St. Joseph’s Festival on June 13 and 14. He said the event will run for a day and a half and would not require blocking off the street. It will be held on the lawn and in the church hall. The size of the event has been scaled back because of the number of volunteers available, he said. The board approved a request that the group be permitted to serve wine and beer.
In other business, the board approved requests for the following events:
• Little League opening day parade, May 4 (May 5 is the rain date).
• Fishing derby, June 8 (Rain date is June 9), at the Sam Maytan Fishing Access Site.
• Herkimer Community Museum anniversary, May 5 from noon to 3 p.m. The use of the parking lot was requested.
• HARC Heart and Soul Run, Sept. 7. This approval was contingent upon HARC letting the police chief see the route as earlier as possible. “We can’t shut down the whole village,” said Malone.
The board also approved a request for Chief Malone and another member of the department to attend the Law Enforcement Challenge Awards Ceremony. The Herkimer Police Department will receive an award for the fifth year.
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