Got ideas about parking waivers for merchants? How about allowing use of composting toilets in public parks?
Here’s a chance to express yourself: The Cold Spring Village Board has scheduled public hearings on both topics on Tuesday, July 13, at the village hall, 85 Main Street. The hearing on parking will begin at 7 p.m. and that on composting toilets at 7:30 p.m. At issue in both: Changes to village law.
The village code currently demands that businesses provide off-street parking. The village board is considering a change to allow businesses on Main Street and Chestnut Street to get a waiver from the rule by paying a fee in lieu of having to provide parking. Under an ad hoc, loosely defined system, businesses now often rent parking places from other commercial establishments for $700 to $1,200 per space annually. Most need more than one space.
An amendment to the law regarding mandatory sewer hook-ups would permit use in parks of composting toilets, which rely on an aerobic process to function and require little or no water.