Hamptons Parking Plus – Should car price affect ticket price?

In the summer of 2021, for the first time, the villages of Sag Harbor and East Hampton entered into agreements with online companies to electronically monitor parked cars and issue tickets to those who stay in their places too long. . It was license plate recognition software and aerial surveillance cameras. To a large extent, it replaced summer cops who feared tires and left tickets to be paid under the windshield wipers of offenders.

How did that happen ? We had a chat with Mayor Brian Figaro of Hampton Village to see if he plans to repeat the arrangement for next summer.

“We were very happy with it,” he said. Dan’s papers. “And the village council is currently discussing making some additions to it.”

A proposal on the table would allow long-term residents to reduce the amount of their parking fines, he said.

“We will give 10% off to people who have lived continuously in the Hamptons for over five years, 20% off to people who have lived here over 10 years and 30% off to people who have lived here for a generation. Those who can trace their residence back to the first settlers would be completely exempt from parking fines. They can park where they want and for as long as they want.

Mayor Figaro said that is most likely to pass. If the proposal passes at the April board meeting, citizens can arrange their rebates by showing up at City Hall with a lease showing a distant start date. If they are owners, they can bring the title deed indicating what they bought and when. As for the descendants of the early settlers, a report from ancestry.com will do.

Another proposal on the table is to charge different overtime parking fines based on the price of the car.

“It’s fair that those who own a Maserati pay more than those who own a Toyota Corolla,” he said. “Camera footage from parking lot perpetrators will not only show what the rear license plate is, but also the make and model of the car. These items are shown on the rear trunks just above the license plate. ‘registration.

“Councillor Richard Rogers, who opposes this plan, says it’s too complicated,” the mayor offered. “He says that the clerks who view the photos from the surveillance cameras at the town hall will make decisions after consulting the Kelley Blue Books that the village provides them. These books estimate the current value of every car model ever made, based not only on its retail, trade-in, and private sale values, but also by year.

He added: “But according to Rogers, this could lead to a wave of complaints from motorists who say their car should be worth less because it is in poor condition – the car, that is – or that they have a particularly low mileage. Again, the car is. Clerks can’t see these things from a CCTV photograph.

Another thing the council is working on, the mayor said, is affordable housing for those less fortunate.

“We were totally negligent in this area,” Figaro said. “Studies tell us that the number of affordable homes this village needs is 2,100. And yet the number built so far is 58. You can’t cram more than 160 people into 58 units. With 2,100 units, you could accommodate 6,200 people. We want to fix this problem as soon as possible. And we think the units are already there.

“Ready for this?” These are the garages and studios and other outbuildings on the rear or front lawns on almost all properties in the village.

“We want to exploit these buildings,” Figaro said. “Improve them. Install bathrooms and kitchens. Did you know that for 30 years there has been a law prohibiting plumbing in accessory buildings used as art studios? The village was afraid that these art workshops could be used as rental lodgings.

I told him that I remembered it well. Dan’s papers reported when it happened. This law led to a decrease in the production of works of art. It was shameful.

“For a while, the village had inspectors knocking on doors,” continues Figaro. “If a bathroom existed, they would have it removed. Even hot plates and portable refrigerators have been removed. If the artists needed to go there, they would have to run home. Artists also had to prove that they were working continuously. They had to show inspectors evidence of recent exhibitions and sales. Well, that might have been an important law a generation ago when house prices were low. But now it’s the other way around.

“At the April meeting, we will discuss repealing this law and replacing it with one requiring all existing garages and studios to be retrofitted and rented out to people with modest incomes. We call it the “ Slash-a-Zero Law”. Garages and studio apartments will be appraised. And the rental price allowed for the use of affordable housing will be the appraised value minus one zero. For example, a garage valued at $20,000 per month would be rented to a qualified family for $2,000 per month.

“Because Slash-a-Zero was announced publicly on our agenda,” the mayor continued, “we’ve already received a lot of feedback on the matter. People are outraged that they have to rent to anyone. We so let’s add an amendment to the new proposal stating that there will be a mandatory one-day meeting between landlords and qualified tenants, so that people can arrange a suitable adjustment. We will hold it in the high school gymnasium. Nobody wants a convicted ax murder and his family on their property. A man’s home is his castle, after all.

“But we have also been threatened with legal action if the amendment passes. The encounter looks like a violation of current anti-discrimination laws. Selective rental may discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, gender, or other things.

“So it’s going to be a fight between the ‘Man’s Home Is His Castle’ people and the ‘Real Estate Discriminator’ people,” I said.

“Yes. But at the end of the day, we need 2,100 affordable homes for housekeepers, pool attendants, parking attendants, restaurant waitresses and handymen, so they can sleep with their loved ones without having to do 50 miles twice a day. And we need it now! Everyone knows that.”

“On another subject,” I asked, “are you discussing what can and cannot land at East Hampton Airport?”

“We’re just giving up,” the mayor said.

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