Village Board Appoints New Trustee, Addresses Parking Concerns

The Village Board met on Tuesday, September 5, to discuss the appointment of a new Village Trustee, set the date for several upcoming community events, and provide an update on parking regulations enforcement in the village.

The Board voted unanimously on the appointment of Lauri Taylor to a four-year term as Village Trustee. Ms. Taylor will be filling the position vacated by the late Stanley Mersand this past May.

In other business, the Board approved assembly permits for two events in the village. First, the Wingdale Seventh Day Adventist Church will be holding their Health Fair Expo on September 23 in the gazebo on the Village Green. On that day church members will distribute materials on a variety of health and wellness topics. Approval was also given for the Pardess Center for Jewish Life of Fishkill, NY, to display a Menorah in the village from December 4, 2017, through January 2, 2018. The center will hold a lighting ceremony on December 17.

To address recent concerns about security at the Pawling Chamber of Commerce, the Board approved the purchase of a surveillance system for the building located at 55 Charles Coleman Blvd. in the amount of $419.00. Over the past few months, there have been several instances of unauthorized entry to the building after business hours, as well as evidence of tampering with door locks. Though no damage was reported from these incidents, the Board felt it prudent to enhance security. The new system will include video cameras, motion detectors, two-way voice communication, and a fully programmable alarm notification system to alert officials to any activity while the Chamber of Commerce building is closed.

Finally, the Board discussed parking in the village. Over the past year, officials have begun an initiative to enforce parking regulations and address the concerns of residents, customers, and merchants and to alleviate the problem of cars parked illegally or remaining in a parking spot longer than the allotted three-hour time limit.

To enforce regulations, the Board hired Pawling resident Lou Musella to monitor parking in the village, including the MTA lot. This enforcement position has the support of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, the MTA, and The New York State Police. Musella was in attendance to present statistics after a year of writing tickets and observing parking trends in Pawling. To date, Mr. Musella has written 576 tickets for various infractions. The most notable of these were 337 instances of illegal parking, the majority of which were for cars parked in the MTA lot without paying a parking fee. Other tickets were written for cars parked in merchant areas without approval. Musella ticketed 111 vehicles for not adhering to village snow ordinances, which are in force along side streets from November through April. Eighty-nine cars were also ticketed for retaining a parking spot for more than the allotted three hours.

According to village officials, the enforcement initiative has no ticket quota and is in place solely to maintain order and facilitate commerce within the village. The Board expressed its approval and plans to continue the parking enforcement program indefinitely. “I certainly appreciate the cooperation of all the residents and the merchants in the village to make parking enforcement the success it was meant to be,” said Musella.