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Dear Residents,

City emergency management staff are continually monitoring the storm.  As needed, public announcements will be posted on the City website at www.cityofbeacon.org, on Channel 22, on the following radio stations – 101.5, 106.1, 92.7, 96.9, 97.7, 94.3, 97.3, and on the following additional websites – WRRV.com, WPDH.com, Mix97fm.com, Hudsonvalleycountry.com and Hudsonvalleyclosings.com and BCN (of course).  Please check any of these sources for updated storm information.

Thank you,

Steve Gold

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Comment by Steve Gold on December 30, 2010 at 5:13pm

The fire company on East Main is Beacon Engine #1. They have been incorporated for over one hundred years and probably purchased the lot to hitch their horses. Fire companies are independent of the city. The city owns the fire houses, the equipment and pays carrier fire fighters (12). Put it together and it is called the Beacon Fire Department. We have a hybrid fire department thanks to the many hard working volunteers and our paid career staff. The city does not own the parking lots used by Beacon Engine or Tompkins Hose. I hope that answers your questions.

Comment by Andy Brown on December 30, 2010 at 5:01pm
Mayor Gold, in regards to the lot on East Main and Liberty, can you explain how the Tomkins Fire Hose Company can own land that doesn't also belong to the city?  Is the Tomkins Co. separate from the city?  Doesn't this fire company, which is actually on South Ave, rent this lot out to the restaurant on East Main when it is operating? Thanks.
Comment by Gage on December 30, 2010 at 4:35pm

Mayor Gold - If I'm not mistaken, the parking lot next to the Fire House, that Andy Brown mentioned in this discussion, is the one located at the corner of Liberty and East Main across from the Beacon Engine Company on East Main. Is there any possibility to use this lot? Not trying to beat this whole parking issue into the ground here. I know the economy is struggling, but Beacon seems to be unique in the sense that it continues to grow daily, new shops, new residents new ideas etc.. It’s good to know that the city is aware of the need for parking. Not sure where you would rank that need on the list of the city’s priorities, but it’s essential to our continued growth and development.  In regard to the part time parking enforcer, thanks.

Comment by Henry on December 30, 2010 at 4:07pm
Thanks Steve
Comment by Steve Gold on December 30, 2010 at 3:41pm
BTW...I spelt Tompkins Hose wrong, sorry.
Comment by Steve Gold on December 30, 2010 at 3:39pm

Shoveling snow onto a street is in violation of a state law and is strictly prohibited. BPD will issue a ticket to anyone they witness doing it. Regarding the city’s holiday tree and the welcome center decorations…..thanks for the suggestion, let’s wait until after this weekend to shut off the lights. 

Comment by Henry on December 30, 2010 at 3:19pm

Steve,

On a different subject. Given the city's fiscal issues and an upcoming tax burden that will be too much for some to bear, can we unplug the Christmas lights on Main St. now that the holiday is over.

Not big bucks but more symbolic than anything.

Comment by Birdy on December 30, 2010 at 2:21pm
What about the people who shovel their snow on the street? They not only create a dangerous situation but make the plows come by again, costing us money.
Comment by Steve Gold on December 30, 2010 at 1:26pm

Okay…some great comments about parking issues. The snow ordinance is pretty good when you consider the alternatives - I left Brooklyn twenty five years ago to move here just to get away from alternate side of the street parking. We know we need more parking lots, its something we will put money towards when money becomes available. Grants and sharing costs with developers and property owners are also possibilities. You can use the county DMV parking lot on weekends. City Hall is also open for public parking on weekends. Tomkins Hose Fire Company, not the city, owns the parking lot next to the stationhouse. At this time it is not available for public use – mostly because when they have events they want the spaces to be available. In the mean time, the suggestion to make arrangements for off street parking during storms is the only option. Oh, we put money in the budget to hire a part time parking enforcer. The job will pay for itself and prevent people from parking on Main Street beyond the legal time limit. My biggest issue of this storm was people not shoveling sidewalks.  

 

Thanks for adding your thoughts to the running dialogue.

Happy New Year, Steve

Comment by Hollis Bogdanffy-Kriegh on December 30, 2010 at 11:20am
Hi, I live across from the DMV parking lot. My observation is that it is never 100% full even on a regular weekday. (I am looking out on it now and it only looks about 60% full.) It is EMPTY on the weekends and holidays and it was empty the day after the storm. I am wondering if the city has any kind of agreement with the county about folks using the lot on weekends, holidays and during emergencies? If they don't they should. If they do it needs to be more publicized. Our street (DeWindt) which runs behind the lot is always full with people parking on both sides of the street. I often wish there was access to DeWindt through the fence so folks could park there when visiting and have a way to enter DeWindt from the lot. I don't drive so I am probably ignorant of any arrangement the city has with the county about parking in the lot but it seems to me that it would be a simple matter to have an arrangement for the city to plow the lot in the event of a storm so it could be used in an emergency. It is centrally located and folks could just use the Loop bus to get up and down Main St.

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