Folks shopping in Mount Kisco will have more time to use some of its downtown parking spots.
Village Manager James Palmer told Patch that he has extended the parking times for some spaces in the Shopper's Park lot from two hours to four hours. A total of 41 spaces in the lot's southeastern section will be affected. The purpose behind the change, he explained, is to accomodate people who are shopping "for extended periods of time," and to "account" for merchant parking permit holders who already use four-hour spaces.
The decision was made unilaterally by Palmer because he is granted the authority to promulgate parking regulations. The measure was on the agenda for Tuesday's Village Board of Trustees agenda. The change is effective immediately and Palmer stated that signage is being ordered.
The old 2-hour limit was accompanied by complaints from shoppers who felt that they did not have enough time, according to Palmer. Feedback from merchants was also sought, Mayor Michael Cindrich told Patch.
Time limits for for village parking vary by the section of downtown, whether it's for two or four hours in lots or just one hour for on-street spaces.
Daniele Churchill, owner of Churchills of Mount Kisco, felt having more time is a good idea, saying that it "would be better if they extend the parking." Her store is located near the affected spots.
Robert Bernstein, owner of Mount Kisco Sports - his business is near the northern section of Shopper's Park - did not feel it would impact his store.
"I think it has no bearing on us," he said.
Bernstein has raised parking convience, particularly user interaction with the LUKE pay stations, as concerns. At a merchants' meeting with the village board last year, he proposed having mobile phone-based payments for parking. Coincidentally, Cindrich told Patch on Wednesday that the village is moving forward with a mobile program.