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Carthage hears parking proposals, puts off action

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CARTHAGE — Village Police Chief Reginald Huber Jr. has suggested several options for a solution to a parking issue that was brought to the village Board of Trustees in June.

Julie Ablan-Woodrow, owner of Ablan’s Business Center, said in a letter in June that tenants of Heritage Apartments are monopolizing the two parking spaces near the rear of businesses in the municipal lot.

At the June meeting, Chief Huber said signs in the municipal parking lot near the Buckley Building ban tenants from parking in assigned spots to allow access to businesses. He said tenants at both apartment units had stickers for their vehicles to allow them to park in the lots.

At the Aug. 18 meeting, the board reviewed the chief’s suggestions, which ranged from “do nothing” to creating a two-hour limited handicapped parking space to creating unlimited handicapped parking.

The board, with Trustee Michael F. Astafan abstaining because of his connection to Heritage Apartments, was split on the options of doing nothing and having unlimited handicapped parking, which was the chief’s recommendation.

The majority of the board was opposed to making the spaces two-hour parking, citing the difficulty in monitoring that restrictiton.

An option of making parking spaces exclusive for Ms. Ablan-Woodrow’s business was rejected.

“Other businesses have been turned down,” village President G. Wayne McIlroy said.

The board decided to hold the matter over until the Sept. 15 meeting when, the police chief’s presence would be requested.

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