The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday voted to hold flat the fees for permits for three commuter lots in New Canaan.
The selectmen voted 3-0 during their regular meeting to keep the current rates for the Lumberyard ($663.62), Talmadge Hill and Richmond Hill Lots (both $504.10) for the next commuter parking permit year, which starts Sept. 1.
The fees at Talmadge Hill would apply to nonresidents (who used to pay $630 per year there) as well as residents, according to Parking Manager Stacy Miltenberg. Currently, there are eight nonresident permit-holders in the Talmadge Hill Lot, she said.
First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said during the meeting, held at Town Hall and via videoconference, “We have plenty of parking spaces at Talmadge Hill.”
Miltenberg said the Lumberyard currently has 453 renewals going out, while Talmadge Hill has 258 and Richmond Hill has 18. The figures compare to 676, 400-plus and 86 pre-COVID, respectively, she said.
Moynihan noted that the town also keeps a “priority list” of those “who haven’t renewed that have a right to [renew].”
Miltenberg said those on the priority list have until the end of August 2023 to make a decision about whether they’ll renew “or they will have to start all over again” at the bottom of a waitlist.
Selectman Nick Williams asked what would happen to those on the priority list if today was Aug. 31, 2023. Miltenberg said, “They would have to make a decision if they want their permit in the Lumberyard, if they don’t need one and they go down the line they need to go back on a waitlist, should we have waitlist for that lot.”
Moynihan, Williams and Selectman Kathleen Corbet voted 3-0 in favor of the proposed permit fees.