Geneseo Village Board Votes On Parking Meters
by Joe Shepard
The Geneseo Village meeting on May 6, 2019, yielded some possible solutions to the ongoing confusions of parking that plague Main and Center Street. The Village Board voted on moving forward in purchasing 58 new parking meters to replace the older meters that will match the 33 meters previously purchased in 2016 and 2017. On top of purchasing new meters the board voted 3-2 on adopting all 91 meters in the village to accept a proprietary card reader that will accept reloadable prepaid cards. “I feel that the public might embrace this method of payment. I do hear a lot from people that they do not have a quarter,” said Village Parking Attendant Jay Lynch.
The card in question will be available when the 58 new meters are installed and the other 33 are retrofitted with the new technology. The cards will be available for purchase from the village to all members of the public and will have no minimum or maximum monetary amount the card holder can put on the card. Additionally, the card will not be locked to one person and can be shared between family members, friends and also be used by Main Street business owners for their customers.
The Village Board also voted to have all meters have a two hour limit. It is how the village can eliminate any confusion between the current mixture of one hour and two hour meters. “Going to two hours at all the meters should cause less confusion for people and it will add
uniformity” said Lynch.