Holley will enforce parking restrictions in Public Square

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 13 November 2015 at 12:00 am

HOLLEY – Village Board members are sending out a warning: two-hour parking and overnight parking restrictions in the Public Square will be enforced.

Village resident and business owner Dan Seeler spoke to members of the Village Board during their regular meeting Tuesday evening regarding tenants who reside in the Public Square leaving cars parked there overnight.

“It’s just in the Square,” Seeler noted, “but it does affect the small businesses.”

Beginning Nov. 1, overnight parking was prohibited in the Public Square and Trustee Connie Nenni related that Holley Police intend to enforce the restriction as well as the two-hour limit.

In other business, trustees approved the purchase of alarm systems for the Water Department and the Department of Public Works. The alarms will be placed at the pumping station, the Glidden well and the DPW building.

“This related to Homeland Security,” Trustee Skip Carpenter said of the alarms for the Water Department. “This is our water.”

The cost of the alarm system at the pumping station is $1,987; at the Glidden well, $1,390; and at the DPW, $1,900.

Trustees also approved an additional $29.95 monthly fee for maintenance monitoring for the Glidden well.

Additionally, trustees tabled spending $10,000 to purchase a mobile reading unit for the Electric Department, as Matt Campbell, superintendent of the village’s Electric and Water departments, was unable to attend the meeting.

Trustee Skip Carpenter reported that Holley has borrowed the same type of automatic reader from the Village of Churchville and the high-tech equipment has been a huge time-saver.

“Now, it takes us one-half to three-quarters of a day (to take readings),” Carpenter said. “This (the automatic reader) takes 15 minutes. We used Churchville’s this month and it works really well.”

Carpenter further explained the same reader can be used for water readings, but the village would have to purchase transponders for water meters. He noted the transponders are about $70 a piece, but a grant might be able to help with the cost. Reading water meters now takes two days, he said.

Trustee Connie Nenni questioned the need for the new equipment, noting the village hasn’t had it’s current equipment for very long.

“Maybe we should wait a month and talk to Matt,” she said. “This is a lot of money.”

Mayor John Kenney agreed. “We can wait a month to talk to Matt directly,” he said.

“I think this is where we should go,” Deputy Mayor Brian Sorochty said of the new reader, but also questioned what would be done with the readers the village currently uses.

Carpenter said the new mobile reading unit would be better and more efficient that the readers currently in use and the expense of the new automatic reader has already been budgeted.