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Business owners ask for more parking enforcement in Holley downtown

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 March 2020 at 8:49 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Dan Seeler, owner of the Holley Falls Bar & Grill, asks the Holley Village Board for more parking enforcement in the downtown business district and also to extend the 2-hour parking limit from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pictured from left include Holley Mayor Brian Sorochty, Deputy Mayor Kevin Lynch and Trustee Jim DeFilipps.

HOLLEY – The Holley Village Board was asked to extend a two-hour parking limit in the downtown business district from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dan Seeler, owner of the Holley Falls Bar & Grill, said there are four businesses – Sam’s Diner, Lisa’s Dance Boutique, Dustin’s Pizzeria and Holley Falls Bar & Grill – that are open to at least 9 p.m.

He presented the board with a letter signed by 10 business owners in the downtown, asking for more parking enforcement and the extended hours for the parking limit. It is currently in effect from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Those business owners also asked the Village Board to send a letter to all the building owners in the downtown business district asking that employees, tenants and owners park outside the Public Square between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Seeler also asked that 10-minute loading zone be allowed in front of Dustin’s Pizzeria and the Holley Falls Bar & Grill.

If the parking limit was extended to 9 p.m. that would require a public hearing and a change in the local law, village attorney John Sansone said.

The best way for immediate relief could be ticketing people or giving them warnings if they exceed the 2-hour limit, Holley Police Chief Roland Nenni said.

The Police Department can step up its enforcement of the 2-hour limit. Often that help ensure some people are not taking parking spaces beyond two hours.

Seller said he believes the board to should change the law so the 2-hour limit extends through 9 p.m. He said there many vehicles parked in the Square well past 6 p.m. He urged the board to extend the parking enforcement to 9 p.m. and encourage the building owners to have tenants and employees park outside the Square between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

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