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THE FOLLOWING LETTER APPEARS IN THIS WEEK'S GAZETTE:
The mayor’s letter to the editor in last week’s Gazette directly next to the MTA; “Ridership Returning” article left readers confused. Mayor Pugh wrote to inform the public that the Village is considering the sale of parking lot A at the train station due to decreased ridership. The MTA reports in their article the increase in ridership to the highest levels since the start of pandemic.
The contracted solar panels at the train station will remove 45 spaces for battery storage, as reported previously. One assumes additional spaces will be lost or minimized for the support system of the solar panels. With ridership up, and available spaces being lost, perhaps now is not the time for the Village to sell Lot A and lose those potentially lucrative and essential parking spots. A one year pause in this proposal with severe budget belt tightening might be the wiser and a more prudent move at this time.
If ridership does not return, the Village government should hold on to parking lot A as it might make the perfect location for a new combined fire, police, and court complex. The old municipal building and fire houses can then be sold for commercial development or housing, if future studies prove the Village can absorb additional housing with no negative tax consequences. The Village DPW storage, gas, and wash facility at the old water treatment plant can also be moved to this new complex and the land now used for DPW storage can be sold for commercial use. The sale of these buildings and land will help pay for the new complex at lot A.