Put-in-Bay Parking Mess How Will It Be Solved?
A Put-in-Bay Village Council committee met in March to discuss paid Put-in-Bay parking on the streets and in its public parking areas. Parking has long been a hotly contested issue in many of the Put-in-Bay Planning Commission meetings, with many business owners of the opinion that the business should determine how much parking is needed. Put-in-Bay Hotels must have one parking spot for every 400 square feet of floor space. According to Put-in-Bay Resort owner Mark Mathys, rarely, if ever, is all of the required parking ever used, and the area taken up by this could be better utilized to serve his guests.
Parking on all Put-in-Bay Village streets, the parking lot behind the town hall, and parking on the property at 248 Erie could generate much-needed funds for the island. Members had information from various vendors for metered parking, including kiosks and ticket stations.
There was also discussion of Put-in-Bay golf cart rentals and other businesses selling parking stickers and retaining part of the cost of selling the stickers. The police department must hire and staff a “meter maid.” Seasonal parking stickers, tags or hangers, and employee vs. residential rates for Put-in-Bay parking passes were also mentioned. There were concerns about tickets, or other items which may be stolen out of one vehicle and used in another is an issue.
Other issues of concern included collections, tracking, additional staff, ticketing, the appearance of parking meters, design, costs, the value of parking spots, convenience, and the technology needed for this program to work. The Put-in-Bay Parking committee also agreed to look into drafting an ordinance for angled parking closest to the DeRivera Park downtown Put-in-Bay and one-way trafﬁc down Delaware Avenue from Catawba to Toledo. Let your Put-in-Bay Village Councilperson or the mayor know how you feel about paid parking downtown.