Stacy Miltenberg

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Officials Provide Update on Municipal Lot Permit Waiting Lists, Security Measures

Talmadge Hill Railroad Crossing

Parking officials received an update during a recent meeting on continued efforts to contact town commuters regarding their placement on permit waiting lists for the Lumberyard, Richmond Hill and Talmadge Hill municipal lots. Parking Bureau Superintendent Stacy Miltenberg told members of the Parking Commission at their May 11 meeting that the agency started making calls to commuters at the end of January to confirm whether they still wanted to purchase a permit and she reported the following results:

Lumberyard: Out of 70 commuters contacted, 28 purchased permits, 17 declined, and 25 did not respond
Richmond Hill: Out of 29 commuters contacted, 8 purchased permits, 11 declined, and 10 did not respond
Talmadge Hill: Out of 94 commuters contacted, 34 purchased permits, 26 declined, and 34 did not respond

Miltenberg said that the bureau has stopped making calls to commuters on the waiting lists because they’re now in the process of sending out renewals to current permit holders, scheduled to be mailed out this month. “We can’t give current permits out while we start doing renewals because I have to change the whole computer system over [from one task to the next],” she said. The bureau anticipates that it will pick up the waiting list call process again at the end of August once the renewal process has ended. Miltenberg added that the bureau is currently working on putting the municipal lot waiting lists online, so commuters can view updated versions of them in “read only” mode. Continue Reading →

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Two J. Crew Employees Appeal Parking Violations

New Canaan’s Parking Commission voted at its most recent meeting to either uphold or void recent parking violation fines issued to two employees of J. Crew after one woman claimed that the parking machine wasn’t functioning properly, while the other claimed that her violation was an “honest mistake.”

Martha Small told the volunteer commission that prior to her shift at the Elm Street retailer, she drove up to a parking machine at Morse Court at around 1 p.m. and paid for time with her credit card, but didn’t receive a ticket. She said she noticed that tickets were being printed out at the adjacent machine, but figured that her transaction was completed anyway. “This has happened [to me] before, but I’ve always been able to check my credit card or my cell phone [to confirm the transaction], but I was in a hurry and there was a line, so I went on into the store,” Small said at the May 11 hearing, held at Town Hall. She continued: “I was going to check my cell phone after I punched in at work, but then I discovered that I didn’t have my cell phone that day. So, I just sort of convinced myself that it would probably work like it usually does, and I even spotted [officers] out there at around 1:30 or so checking tickets, but I didn’t even worry about it.”

Small then said that when she went out to pay another $2 to keep her parking space, she accidently entered the wrong parking space number into the machine. Continue Reading →

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New Parking Machines to Be Installed Thursday at Downtown Lots

If you frequently park in downtown New Canaan for work, shopping or dining, there’s good news: New parking machines are being installed Thursday at Morse Court and Park Street lots (two apiece), with single machines going to Locust Avenue, the Playhouse and Center School lots. The solar-powered Parkeon Strada Pal Rapide model machines will be a significant improvement over the old machines, according to New Canaan Parking Bureau Superintendent Stacy Miltenberg. “They are an improvement because the instructions are right on the screen and walks people through each step, the screens are larger, in color and will be easier to see even in direct sunlight,” Miltenberg told NewCanaanite.com. “Since [the parking machine company is] located in New Jersey, communication from the machines will be quicker as well as contact with the company will always be done during regular business hours. I believe they will be more user friendly overall.”

Miltenberg added that the new machines will still take coins (nickels, dimes and quarters) as well as credit cards. The 7-inch screens will show the rates, the maximum amount of time each vehicle is permitted to park in the lots, minimum coin and credit card amounts, and enforcement hours. Continue Reading →

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With Two Weeks Left, 23 Workers Downtown Have Put in for 40 New ‘Commercial’ Parking Permits

One week after officials started taking request forms, a total of 23 employees of downtown businesses have put in for 40 permits that will those selected through a lottery to park at one of two centrally located lots. About 65 percent of those who have already submitted their forms are seeking a permit for the Park Street lot, while 22 percent want a permit for Morse Court and 13 percent are open to either one, according to Parking Bureau Superintendent Stacy Miltenberg. The bureau will accept “Downtown Parking Permit Request Forms” —available for download here—through May 26, making 20 permits available each in lot during an initial trial year. Miltenberg said she was “a little bit surprised” that more people hadn’t put in for the new permits, though “maybe just people they know they have until the 26th to get it in, without any repercussions of when it is coming in, so maybe they have not done it yet.”

“As I have seen in the past with permit requests, a lot of times people will wait until the very end and then everything will come in,” Miltenberg said. The new permits—in reality, no physical “permit” will be issued (rather, the license plates of those selected will be registered with the bureau)—will cost $429 and will be valid for a 12-month period ending June 30, 2018. Continue Reading →

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Parking Bureau Now Taking ‘Request Forms’ for New Downtown Parking Permits; Trial Initiative To Serve Employees of Local Businesses

In a widely anticipated trial effort that’s designed to help ease the parking crunch on Main and Elm Streets, officials this week are starting to take in “request forms” for a new type of permit specifically for employees of downtown businesses. The Parking Bureau will take in “Downtown Parking Permit Request Forms”—available for download here—through May 26, making 20 permits available each in Morse Court and Park Street lots during an initial trial year. The new permits—in reality, no physical “permit” will be issued (rather, the license plates of those selected will be registered with the bureau)—will cost $429 and will be valid for a 12-month period ending June 30, 2018. The Parking Bureau is located on the second floor of the New Canaan Police Department. Assuming there will be more request forms submitted than permits available, they’ll be awarded through a lottery system, according to Parking Superintendent Stacy Miltenberg, and how the bureau handles the issuance of the new permits after this year—for example, whether an entirely new lottery will take place for next summer or whether the program is expanded in any way—will depend on demand. Continue Reading →

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