Public Works To Extend Setback for Problematic Parking Space at Main and Maple


Looking down Main Street at Maple, on Aug. 27, 2023. Credit: Michael Dinan

Town officials are extending the setback between a parking space and corner downtown, in hopes that it improves sightlines for motorists.

Flagged recently by the Parking Commission, cars approaching Main Street from Maple Street often have an obstructed view of northbound traffic. 

As a result, Parking Manager Stacy Miltenberg recently asked Public Works officials to review the area, she told members of the Commission during an update at their Sept. 6 meeting.

“They did find that the setback was only 15 feet instead of the 25 foot setback that it should be, so they are going out and they will make it a 25-foot setback,” Miltenberg said at the meeting, held at Town Hall and via videoconference.

“We will unfortunately lose a parking spot,” Miltenberg continued. “But that should correct the situation. And I will keep on top of it to make sure that in addition, vehicles that do park there, if we have a little bit of control over it, will not be very big vehicles so that sightline issue will not be a problem going forward.”

Commissioner Marley Thackray had brought the problem to Miltenberg’s attention in the summer. 

Commissioner Drew Magratten told Miltenberg that the change was “great news.”

“Well done,” he said.

Magratten added, “I would just encourage whoever does the painting to look at the various painting schemes around town and pick one and stick with it.”

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