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Placid parking meter enforcement suspended

One of the new parking meters in downtown Main Street, Lake Placid, is seen in late January by the municipal parking lot. (Enterprise photo — Andy Flynn)

LAKE PLACID — The village of Lake Placid is suspending parking meter enforcement temporarily.

The Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees, at their regular board meeting on Monday, agreed to suspend enforcement of the village’s more than 30 parking meters through May 15.

As people around the country are urged to stay home and practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, and as the state directs many businesses to temporarily close, traffic on Main Street has been reduced to a slow trickle.

The nearby Olympic venues have been closed for weeks, with some of them being considered as a possible staging area for hospital overflow if needed. The Lake Placid Central School District has transitioned to distance learning. Hundreds of retail store, restaurant and hospitality workers have been asked to work remotely, stay home or have been laid off. Some hotels have voluntarily closed, and some agencies — such as Merrill L. Thomas — have stopped accepting bookings for vacation rentals. There are still restaurants open, but they’re only offering take-out, and most customers aren’t staying long. There are fewer cars parked on Main Street, fewer tourists roaming the red sidewalk around Mirror Lake Drive.

It in part because of these circumstances that the village board decided to suspend parking meter enforcement.

“It’s not like we’re losing a lot of revenue,” Mayor Craig Randall said.

The village’s parking enforcement officer has been put on call for now, Randall said. The village board is expected to assess whether or not to extend the no-enforcement period closer to May 15.

The village installed new parking meters around the village in January. The new meters, which replaced meters that were around a decade old, offer drivers the option of using a cellphone app to pay for parking and have digital screens that are easier to read.

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