Parking measure meant to increase parking space turnover approved by Huntington Town Board

Officials say the approved parking measures will be implemented within four to six weeks.

Officials say the approved parking measures will be implemented within four to six weeks. (3/4/14)

HUNTINGTON - Huntington’s town board approved a measure that is meant to help the turnover of parking spaces in an area notorious for unavailable parking.

The measure raises parking meter fees in Huntington Village from a quarter to $1 an hour. The current two-hour parking limit in will be increased to three hours in some areas and fines for parking violations will go up from $25 to $50.

A town spokesman says a large group of town representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation studied various options to ease the parking problem. They eventually agreed on the price-raising plan. A town board meeting was held Tuesday to discuss the measure.

"The purpose of increasing the on-street parking fees is to make parking more readily available to the patrons of the village shops and restaurants, making it less desirable for village employees and other long-term users parking in those spots," said David Panetta, a Huntington business owner.

Geroge Reisner, another business owner, told the board that the town is in need of a parking garage.

Town Supervisor Frank Patrone says a subcommittee is in talks about a plan to build a parking garage.

Officials say the approved parking measures will be implemented within four to six weeks.

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