Committee Meetings

Oct 3, 2018

Parking Commissioners Minutes - October 3, 2018


TOWN OF LOITTLETON
PARKING COMMISSIONERS MEETING
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2018 4:30PM
COMMUNITY CENTER - DINING ROOM
DRAFT

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:      
ANDREW DORSETT, TOWN MANAGER
ALEX BELENSZ, NORTH COUNTRY COUNCIL
AUSTIN BAILEY, MEMBER
RON HEMENWAY
MARY MENZIES
JIM MCMAHON III, VICE CHAIR

               

MEMBERS ABSENT:        
JIM ALDEN, CHAIR
WAYNE MORELLO, ALTERNATE
CHAD STEARNS, MEMBER
TONY ILLACQUA, ALTERNATE

 

PUBLIC: 
JUSTIN ROSHAK, THE COURIER

 

 

Meeting called to order by Vice Chair McMahon at 4:30PM.

 

Alex Belensz provided draft documentation describing the public and business forums and asked the Committee to identify a good date for the input sessions and provide questions or topics for what the Committee wants feedback on. Alex suggested the public session first then business forum. Several dates were provided and discussed and the Committee decided on 10/24 for public and & 10/25 for the business. The Opera House was the preferred venue, but elementary school or high school was suggested if the Opera House is not available. Alex will check on availability of preferred and secondary locations.

 

Alex Belensz discussed goals of public and business forum and hopes that the sessions will provide input on which parking treatments the public and businesses would support (ie, purchase or lease parking lots, shared parking, additional meters, rate increases, etc.).  Town Manager Dorsett suggested NCC provide an overview at each session for how the Town Parking Fund is funded and how the Town currently funds parking meters and maintenance of parking areas and that parking is an asset to downtown area.  The informational and input sessions will include adding group/town style forum with interactive opportunities for public and business owners to add areas of interest, concern, and provide post-it notes with comments on anything related to parking. Alex will ask NHDOT if the two documents, the study and separate planning document could be combined into single document and reduce confusion for which document to reference and also cut down on the NHDOT review of the second plan.

 

Ron Hemenway asked the Committee if the parking problem may be seasonal and may only be during times of peak usage from tourists. Mary Menzies suggested that from a peak tourist standpoint, from early November to Thanksgiving and from March to April, around mud season, are slow times for the downtown area.  The question of “which season should we design for?” was asked. Town Manager Dorsett mentioned the importance of parking capacity on development, such as how having available parking is healthy for business. He asked if any impact fees for new development/change of uses should apply be brought up at the public input sessions and the local planning & zoning boards. Vice Chair McMahon provided copies of the parking regulations (voted out in 1990) and a copy of the regulations as they existed prior to 1990 and copies of parking regulations for Colebrook and Bethlehem. The Committee agreed adding the regulation question to the public and business informational sessions.

 

Mary Menzies added that the Town owned parking lots at the opera house and behind the Jax Jr Cinema and Town leased parking lot behind Mascoma Bank were full when she recently attended an event at the Opera House. She parked off Lafayette Ave, near Littleton Water and Light and there was parking available. Alex Belensz and Town Manager Dorsett discussed shared use parking agreements with private landowners.  Austin Bailey reminded that after November 1st that most of the on-street parking goes away for winter maintenance. Vice Chair McMahon asked what the longest someone could park in a public lot. Mr. Bailey responded about 30 days for it to be abandoned, but mostly would need to be moved for winter maintenance (plowing, snow removal, etc), however there haven’t been any issues with long term parking.

 

The Committee discussed alternative/electric energy charging stations for parking spaces. Vice Chair McMahon suggested it might attract tourists looking to stop and charge vehicle to visit the Downtown.  Chevy Cobalt and Tesla are two manufacturers.  Alex Belensz was going to check into what sort of rebates or funding is available through the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

 

The group discussed the Schillings advertising plan for Octoberfest and the Church parking lot, as shown as public parking on their map.  Town Manager Dorsett informed the school has an agreement with the St. Rose Church.  Austin Bailey suggested that a Town Parking Map be provided so that it could be used for marketing and for informational purposes on the Town owned or leased properties for the Town websites. Alex Belensz offered that North Country Council could assist with this request. Justin Roshak suggested working with local television as a media outlet. Town Manager Dorsett added that he added the free parking lots to Google and may help with visitors.

 

Alex Belensz asked about the Committee’s thoughts on the vision statement “to improve parking level of service to downtown Littleton” discussed at the last meeting. Mary Menzies suggested different stakeholders may have different parking needs. She provided a draft parking commission vision for various stakeholders.

 

Alex Belensz provided copies of state law for Stopping, Standing or Parking RSA’s regarding on street parking within the Business or Residence Districts. Vice Chair McMahon suggested they are not all inclusive, that there are many RSA’s on parking, including offsets from hydrants and from intersections.

 

Town Manager reports the Green Street Parking lot pavement resurfacing is complete and the new pavement, striping, and handicapped parking spaces working nicely. Lots of happy users.

 

Public input taken from Justin Roshak from The Courier regarding public and business input schedule.  Justin Belensz provided a schedule for both sessions.

 

A vote on approval of the last Meeting Minutes from September 19, 2018 was rescheduled until next meeting.

 

Next meeting set for October 17, 2018 4:30pm at Community House Dining Room.

 

Motion to adjourn by Mary Menzies, seconded Town Manager Dorsett. Meeting adjourned 5:50pm.