WAVERLY –– The parking lot that serves the town offices, the St. Regis Falls fire station and other town departments and service providers is due for a makeover, Supervisor Chad Rivers said Monday.
“It is just a really crazy parking lot,” said Rivers.
The problem, Rivers said, is that there is no distinction between the lot and North River Road. No curbs separate the lot from the road, so people can be confused as to where they are supposed to drive and where they are supposed to park, he said.
“There is no real delineated road, especially in the winter time depending on how far the snow banks are pushed back and where the school buses are and where the tractor trailers are parked, where the ambulances are backing out,” said Rivers.
The area served by the lot and North River Road can be a hub of activity, with multiple offices and agencies nearby and residences farther east on the road, he noted.
“You have got the fire department, the rescue, the town garage, the highway department, the adult center; you have people that live up this road,” said Rivers. “It involves a lot of people, so we want to make sure we make everyone happy,” said Rivers.
To make getting in and out the area a little easier, Rivers said he would like to see one clearly defined entrance to the lot.
“Ultimately, I think one of the ways to clean up a lot of what is going on here is to define a true curb cut driveway,” said Rivers. “Instead of having 120 feet of open asphalt, we can actually just have a spot where you turn into the parking lot.”
To help the town decide on the best options for the parking lot Rivers said they have contracted with the Clarkson University School of Engineering to do a study of the area. The town is paying $12,000 from grant funding it received.
“They are going to come out here and they are going to survey the parking lot and they are going to be taking some areal photographs, put them under the survey and then they are going to start looking at different ways and suggestions that we can look at and pick and choose,” said Rivers.
In addition to having a main entrance, Rivers said, in the future he would like to see other changes made to the parking lot.
“We can actually just have a spot where you turn into the parking lot and it is clearly defined and the parking spaces also will be clearly defined and marked. That is what we are going to do eventually, but we are in the early stages of it,” said Rivers.
Rivers said he already anticipates that some people may not be happy with the work that will be done.
“I know it kind of opens a can of worms, because I know people appreciate the fact that it is wide open and people park there and people can come through there,” said Rivers.
Rivers said he hopes the survey study on the parking lot will be completed in the next few months. Once the town has the survey reports, the Town Board, along with residents, will be able to decide on the best options for that space.
“We will talk more about it in the near future,” said Rivers.