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Pelham Man Brings Parking Concerns to Board

PELHAM, N.Y. – Pelham residents who work hard each day must work just as hard to make sure they do not get a ticket for leaving their car on Carol Avenue, Wolfs Lane resident Robert Keller told the village board Tuesday.

A two-hour time limit on that street has drivers scrambling to move their vehicles and avoid a fine. Keller emphasized the strain the limit and "the excellent work of the police department" put on those who park on the avenue.

"We have to walk around every two hours," Keller said. "The homeowners have to come out and move their cars around every two hours."

Keller said Carol Avenue is unique because homeowners on the street actually want to have cars parked in front of their homes, as opposed to residents of most other streets. The Wolfs Lane resident said he spoke with his neighbors, community members in the area and the police. He said the discussions yielded the idea of a four hour time limit. Keller said that system would prevent people from parking in the same spot all day but would also give people a break from having to constantly move their cars.

Keller presented a signed petition to the board at the meeting.

Mayor Ed Hotchkiss said the logic behind the two hour time limit is to prevent commuters from taking advantage of the parking spaces. Keller said residents in the area do not have that problem, to which Hotchkiss countered that it could become an issue in the future.

However, Keller said the police did not used to enforce the limit so severely and the residents did not have problems with commuter parking at that time. The mayor said he would give the petition to the police chief and the board would contact Keller with any news. Hotchkiss stayed neutral on the issue itself.

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