To the editor:
This letter is in regard to the village's proposal to ban parking on both sides of the road from Park Street to Silver Street, then only on the west side of the street between Silver Street and Pleasant Avenue.
The village mayor is claiming that we need to pass this law because when there are people parked on the sides of that street (there are no sides of the street there, just two parking lots), it's difficult for emergency vehicles to get around the corner at McLaughlin Avenue and Park Street.
I would like to point out three reasons that show that people would rarely, if ever, park on either side of the road in that area. First of all, there are parking lots on both sides of the street between Park Street and Silver Street, thereby making it so people would not park there since they would be blocking the two parking lots that are currently situated there. Secondly, no one would park on either side of McLaughlin Avenue adjacent to the light because there is no roadside to park on. Lastly, unless the village widens the road or makes it a one-way street, the issue of emergency vehicles getting around the corner at McLaughlin Avenue and Park Street will always remain.
In actuality, it is difficult for any of our large emergency response vehicles to get around the corner at McLaughlin Avenue and Park Street if there is any other vehicle coming around the corner, or waiting at the light since it is a known tight corner in the village, as anyone who lives in Tupper Lake can tell you.
It is for the above reasons that I do not see a reason to create a parking ban as proposed by the village mayor.
Please take this letter into consideration when making the decision of whether to pass the village's proposal to ban parking on both sides of the road from Park Street to Silver Street, then only on the west side of the street between Silver Street and Pleasant Avenue, and leave it as it always has been.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.