I attended the meeting at Schreiber this past Wednesday but was disappointed by the very limited information provided. I admit this is my first involvement with this issue and I lack any knowledge of what may have already transpired. Therefore, some of my comments and questions may have already been addressed. I am certainly aware of the parking problem - I myself am frequently unable to find a spot in the commuter lots. But before deciding to put up a parking garage, I want to know that all other options have been fairly evaluated to be sure we are making the best decision for our residents and our town.
With that in mind, following are some of the questions I would like to see answered. What other alternatives were considered? For example, Shuttle buses from the outer parking fields. Lease space in underutilized private lots, ie, Eckerd. Reclaim the Schreiber lot next to Eckerd's, currently used by high school seniors (The town may no longer be able to provide this perk.) What is the demographics of the commuter population - going to school, work, other? The LIRR periodically runs surveys to collect this information. Was it evaluated? Limit the number of parking permits per household, currently no limit. What have other towns done to resolve their parking problems? What have other towns experienced when parking garages were erected - congregation spot for undesirable activity, trash, security, unexpected expense, effect on housing prices, etc.? What would be the impact of additional parking on the already congested morning rush traffic patterns? If the erection of a parking facility would necessitate an increase in the daily parking fee, what would the effect be on parking demand if the same fee increase were instituted without erecting a garage? (The revenue might be used to acquire/lease additional space.) What is the extent of fraudulent use of the parking facilities - nonresidents underhandedly obtaining permits, overnight use by nearby residents? What relevant data is available from the police department?