Murray pushes ‘No Parking’ on Lynch Road near school

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 10 August 2016 at 6:17 pm

MURRAY – Those attending events at Holley Central School may soon see “No Parking” signs along Lynch Road near the entrance to the Middle School/High School.

Murray Town Board members Tuesday evening continued their discussion of on-road parking in the town and charged town attorney Jeff Martin with the task beginning the process of placing “No Parking” signs on the north side of Lynch Road outside the Middle School/High School and also at the Lynch Road/ Rt. 237 intersection.

Residents of Lynch Road have complained to the board regarding dozens of vehicles which typically park along the road during events at the school when the main parking lot off Lynch Road fills up.  They expressed concerns over safety and cars which end up parked in their yards.

Murray Supervisor John Morriss reported that he and Councilman Paul Hendel recently met with Holley Village Board members regarding the issue.  Most of the south side of Lynch Road is in the village.

Morriss said the Village Board was also expected to discuss the issue at its meeting Tuesday evening.

“Paul and I discussed it,” Morriss said of putting up ‘No Parking’ signs. “We felt that regardless of what the village wants to do, we want to do something to help the people” who live on Lynch Road.

“We need to try to do something,” Hendel said. “We’ve got to take the first step.”

Martin, the town attorney, advised that the town should be the enforcement agency regarding the parking ban and Code Enforcement/Zoning Officer Ron Vendetti said he would be able to enforce the restrictions.

Martin said he would prepare a draft for a workshop meeting planned for Sept. 7 and noted a public hearing would be needed in the process.

Lynch Road resident Doug Piedemonte thanked board members for looking into the situation.  He reminded the board that there are 140 additional parking spaces on the Holley School campus near the old bus garage and said he felt people will begin parking there and things should then, “fall into place.”

Town Board members and Vendetti also discussed parking along roadways outside of businesses. Vendetti has asked that “No Parking” signs be placed outside the Murray Superette and Tuesday night added A & M Auto, which he said has had 33 violations since the June workshop meeting on the parking issue.

Vendetti noted that some businesses have “taken extraordinary measures” to direct customers to off-street parking. “If people want no signs, they must take matters into their own hands and police themselves,” he said. “We need to move ahead and fix the problem before somebody gets killed.”


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