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Blasdell residents raise enforcement questions on proposed RV parking law

Blasdell residents at a hearing Wednesday night wanted to know how the village would enforce a proposed local law limiting the amount of time recreational vehicles can park on streets.

“Who is going to enforce it? What’s the fine going to be?” Robert W. Couche asked village leaders, adding that he is concerned because he believes there are already ordinances that he feels are not enforced.

“I want to see this put up for a referendum,” Couche said. “Let the people of Blasdell decide.”

Pamela E. McDonald also asked how it would be enforced.

All signs point to the Village Board approving the law at its next meeting.

It is expected that a four-hour limit will be placed on allowing vehicles such as campers, motor homes and trailers to be allowed to be parked on village streets.

Mayor Michael R. Petrie said the issue has become more commonplace in the village, as he noted more people take recreational vehicles out after the winter and leave them parked on the street.

“This is to deal with the habitual people who leave them on the street,” Petrie said.

Village Administrator Janet L. Plarr said Blasdell police would issue traffic tickets, which could result in a $30 fine for those who would violate the proposed law.

Village Attorney James M. Shaw said he believes that officers would be advised to warn residents before enforcing the code.

“Police in our village more often than not are familiar with the neighborhoods and the residents,” Shaw said.

The law originally called for a two-hour parking limit. But each resident who spoke said that the law should be for at least four hours, and the board agreed.

Among the reasons residents gave included both the time it takes to get ready and leave, and the fact that many come home late and park the recreational vehicles after using them throughout the day, largely in warm winter months.

“It seems like four hours would be fair,” resident Patrick D. Castiglia said.

Village Board members, including the mayor, agreed that four hours might be better.

Trustee Nicholas J. Cirocco said he owns a boat with a 32-foot trailer. He noted that he has made provisions in his property to make sure there is space to park the boat and trailer and that if he has people over, he makes arrangements to park the trailer and boat elsewhere.

But as an owner of a boat, he said he understands that when getting food and other items packed to go out for the day, sometimes you need more than two hours to prepare properly.

“Two hours might be a little tight,” Cirocco said.

Petrie, along with Trustees Kathy Seufert King, Rob Hefner and Bobby Pirowski, all agreed to change the time limit from two hours to four.

“I can go longer on the time period,” Petrie said.

The board is expected to adopt the local law during its next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Village Hall.