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taxpayer

Herkimer, NY

#1 Feb 23, 2013
The elected officials of this village need to wake up and take a walk up and down our main street. We have nothing but empty, vacant,for sale and run down commercial real estate. Spending money on new parking meters is absurd when you don't have a thriving business district to support them. Are you serious with an increase in parking fees? For what? The village needs to invest in attracting new businesses and revitalization and not fee income. What should be our shining example of this community is now our armpit. Bite the bullet be progressive and innovative and make some positive changes for the next generation.
Time for Change

Little Falls, NY

#2 Feb 23, 2013
Amen
another taxpayer

Herkimer, NY

#3 Feb 23, 2013
parking meters are typically reserved for areas with attractions where people want to so, say like Sylvan Beach. Main Street Herkimer is but a scarred lot of its former self. There are no major shopping outlets and attractions like years gone by. No more Montgomery Wards, of Woolworths, or even a PayLess shoes. Perhaps the Village would be better served by investing more time, energy, and some financing to getting businesses to open up on Main street instead of holding onto relic parking meters. Sad state of affairs we have here. The way they are holding onto keeping paid parking in effect, you'd think it was still the 1980's.
Threewishes

New York, NY

#4 Feb 23, 2013
another taxpayer wrote:
parking meters are typically reserved for areas with attractions where people want to so, say like Sylvan Beach. Main Street Herkimer is but a scarred lot of its former self. There are no major shopping outlets and attractions like years gone by. No more Montgomery Wards, of Woolworths, or even a PayLess shoes. Perhaps the Village would be better served by investing more time, energy, and some financing to getting businesses to open up on Main street instead of holding onto relic parking meters. Sad state of affairs we have here. The way they are holding onto keeping paid parking in effect, you'd think it was still the 1980's.
You have all of the above places right there in Walmarts! Do you really think any smaller businesses can or want to compete with WallyWorld? The old saying goes, "be careful what you ask for".
another taxpayer

Herkimer, NY

#5 Feb 23, 2013
Threewishes wrote:
<quoted text> You have all of the above places right there in Walmarts! Do you really think any smaller businesses can or want to compete with WallyWorld? The old saying goes, "be careful what you ask for".
Exactly.

Well, the other stores went out of business prior to Walmart coming to Herkimer. But Walmart certainly was the final nail in the coffin for Main Street. Some small specialty shops might work, along with some local eateries, but as far as a center of commerce, forget about it. K-Mart cannot even keep pace with Walmart.
taxpayer

Herkimer, NY

#6 Feb 23, 2013
Start with better lighting, police foot patrol, tougher codes, grants, tax breaks, low interest loans, offer free 1.5 hour parking then hire meter maid to write tickets for abusers, up the all night parking fees, network with other communities who have brought back business to their main streets. Try something please other than freaking parking meters are you kidding me.
Well

Little Falls, NY

#7 Feb 23, 2013
The fact that they are even considering these parking meters shows how ignorant our officials are. It's time to change out everyone and get some smarter people on board. Enough is enough. There are much bigger problems to worry about around here than updating parking meters. Maybe they should just take them all out and have 30 - 45 minute parking on Main St and surrounding streets where the businesses are. Then enforce it with tickets, if necessary. Every time I drive by Main St, there is no one parked on it anyway. You need to bring some QUALITY businesses back to that area before trying to charge someone to park there!
booyah

Herkimer, NY

#8 Feb 23, 2013
Well wrote:
There are much bigger problems to worry about around here than updating parking meters.
Amen, brother, amen.
Meter fairy

New York, NY

#9 Feb 25, 2013
I feel like just popping random coins into parking meters..
taxpayer

Herkimer, NY

#10 Feb 25, 2013
Tear down that empty toxic dump HM Quackenbush Inc. that sits in the middle of this village that gave so many good folks who worked their CANCER and make a paid for parking lot.
OD Reporter

Utica, NY

#11 Feb 26, 2013
Hello folks,

My name is Amanda Fries, and I'm a reporter here at the Observer-Dispatch.

I'm working on a story about the practicality of parking meters in the village of Herkimer. I was hoping to get some resident input on the matter. If you'd be willing to speak with me on the record about your thoughts on the matter, I'd love to hear from you!

You can contact me at mfries@uticaod.com, or by calling 792-4995. I look forward to hearing from you!
duh

Little Falls, NY

#12 Feb 26, 2013
i live in herkimer and i've only parked on main street three times in the last month. that's only $9.00 a year. not really much to complain about. you only have to pay between 9 and 5. weekends are free. unless you work on main street theres really nothing to complain about.
taxpayer

Herkimer, NY

#13 Feb 26, 2013
So you must be happy and love the way main street looks? Do you pay taxes in this village? Do you have children you are raising in this village? Would you allow your teenage daughter to walk down main street at night? What will main street look like when your children are grown up? It's not just about the meters genius it's the way this village is going downhill and no one is doing anything about it. Spending money on new meters is pointless and a waste of tax dollars that can be better spent than collecting some chump change of $9.00 a year.
duh wrote:
i live in herkimer and i've only parked on main street three times in the last month. that's only $9.00 a year. not really much to complain about. you only have to pay between 9 and 5. weekends are free. unless you work on main street theres really nothing to complain about.
Xst

Cold Brook, NY

#16 Feb 26, 2013
The whole point has nothing to do with paying to park on Main Street. The point is really that our Village board has done nothing to improve the quality of life on Main Street. They leave it to the other organizations. Remember it's not their job to bring in business. It's really about their inability to think outside the box and try new avenues to raise funds not relying on the same old sources that used to work. I wonder what they will do now with the businesses that have closed up this week. Probably nothing more than try and increase the areas where they think more parking meters should go. They just can't see past the end of their noses. Oh, and do you know that employees of the businesses on Main Street have to pay to park unless their employer just happens to provide parking. No exceptions for minimum wage employees is even sadder. This Village Board should be ashamed and should all be tendering their resignations. They continually fail to serve the population they were elected to represent.
duh

Little Falls, NY

#18 Feb 26, 2013
taxpayer wrote:
So you must be happy and love the way main street looks? Do you pay taxes in this village? Do you have children you are raising in this village? Would you allow your teenage daughter to walk down main street at night? What will main street look like when your children are grown up? It's not just about the meters genius it's the way this village is going downhill and no one is doing anything about it. Spending money on new meters is pointless and a waste of tax dollars that can be better spent than collecting some chump change of $9.00 a year.
<quoted text>
are we talking about the condition of main street, or the parking meters? one has nothing to do with the other.
Xst

Cold Brook, NY

#19 Feb 27, 2013
Duh, respectfully they have everything to do with each other. The Village board wants to revisit the idea of upgrading the meters and possibly installing more of them for the sole purpose of generating income. Instead of trying to generate a bigger tax base by bringing in new businesses, they revisit the old idea of meters. Meters make no sense because they hurt local businesses. And why do you need to spend the money on new meters when there aren't very many businesses left on Main Street. Why hurt the ones that remain? If the Board was doing its job, then this issue would be moot and they would be offering incentives to new businesses.
duh

Little Falls, NY

#20 Feb 27, 2013
at this too late stage in the game what incentives could possibly be offered to attract a business to main street? first incentives would have to be offered to every property owner on main street for improvements. how about incentives offered to the welfare trash standing around doing nothing all day? is there an incentive we could offer them to stay out of site? also i'm curious to know, what could any new business on main street offer us that we couldn't travel 5 blocks to walmart and purchase cheaper? a restaurant on main street? no, because every jack a$$ and his brother would still trot on over to applebees for a microwaved meal. we don't have the population to support walmart and specialty shops. we don't have the population to support applebees and privately owned restaurants. and the population we do have is too ignorant to choose anything but big chains. people have to stop complaining about main street. it's gone forever. it's a dinosaur, sad but true. as far as parking meters, they have nothing to do with the condition of main street. parking meters fall under two catagories; main street is awesome and no one minds paying for parking, or main street sucks and there is no reason for parking there. ours is the latter of course.
taxpayer

Herkimer, NY

#26 Feb 27, 2013
duh wrote:
at this too late stage in the game what incentives could possibly be offered to attract a business to main street? first incentives would have to be offered to every property owner on main street for improvements. how about incentives offered to the welfare trash standing around doing nothing all day? is there an incentive we could offer them to stay out of site? also i'm curious to know, what could any new business on main street offer us that we couldn't travel 5 blocks to walmart and purchase cheaper? a restaurant on main street? no, because every jack a$$ and his brother would still trot on over to applebees for a microwaved meal. we don't have the population to support walmart and specialty shops. we don't have the population to support applebees and privately owned restaurants. and the population we do have is too ignorant to choose anything but big chains. people have to stop complaining about main street. it's gone forever. it's a dinosaur, sad but true. as far as parking meters, they have nothing to do with the condition of main street. parking meters fall under two catagories; main street is awesome and no one minds paying for parking, or main street sucks and there is no reason for parking there. ours is the latter of course.
Other communities have done this. Do some research and networking. Use consultants if you must. Other communities have made it a priority. They have thought outside of the box and made a positive change. Main streets just like ours can thrive once again. It takes a commitment from EVERYONE. That's what makes a community. EVERYONE getting behind it and getting involved. New parking meters will not improve our main st or encourage a positive change in this village.
duh

Little Falls, NY

#27 Feb 27, 2013
taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text>
Other communities have done this. Do some research and networking. Use consultants if you must. Other communities have made it a priority. They have thought outside of the box and made a positive change. Main streets just like ours can thrive once again. It takes a commitment from EVERYONE. That's what makes a community. EVERYONE getting behind it and getting involved. New parking meters will not improve our main st or encourage a positive change in this village.
no. you're wrong. other communities like ours have not done this. other communities like ours are all in the same shape we are. i challenge you to name one other community in the north east with a population comparable to ours, with a walmart less than a quarter of a mile from their main street, with no private businesses or manufacturers employing more than 25 people, other than big chains, with an average salary of our population who has revitalized their main street. their is none. i realize that it is hard to watch this happen to the village you love and grew up in. it's hard for me to watch too. but at some point you have to accept it. it's over. we're like the cavemen who watched the last wooly mammoth die, or the american indians that looked on as the buffalo diminished. it's sad but there is nothing you or i can do about it. we can't just pull together and arrange a miracal. we can only pull together and watch it die. sure orginizations like herkimer now are a nice idea, but in the end they will change nothing. sure you're angry, i'm angry too. but there comes a point when you have to stop banging your head against a rock and start being thankfull for what you have instead of complaining about what you have lost.
taxpayer

Herkimer, NY

#28 Feb 28, 2013
Do a google search as many have done it.

http://www.nyshcr.org/
duh wrote:
<quoted text>
no. you're wrong. other communities like ours have not done this. other communities like ours are all in the same shape we are. i challenge you to name one other community in the north east with a population comparable to ours, with a walmart less than a quarter of a mile from their main street, with no private businesses or manufacturers employing more than 25 people, other than big chains, with an average salary of our population who has revitalized their main street. their is none. i realize that it is hard to watch this happen to the village you love and grew up in. it's hard for me to watch too. but at some point you have to accept it. it's over. we're like the cavemen who watched the last wooly mammoth die, or the american indians that looked on as the buffalo diminished. it's sad but there is nothing you or i can do about it. we can't just pull together and arrange a miracal. we can only pull together and watch it die. sure orginizations like herkimer now are a nice idea, but in the end they will change nothing. sure you're angry, i'm angry too. but there comes a point when you have to stop banging your head against a rock and start being thankfull for what you have instead of complaining about what you have lost.

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