The following parking rules will take effect for Labor Day:
For additional information contact the Department of Public Works at 665-2463.
Motorists will soon be paying a little more for metered parking in Mount Vernon. Effective April 19, 2013, on street parking at meters will cost twenty five cents for fifteen minutes with a maximum parking time of two hours. Off street, lots, garages and long term parking will cost twenty five cents for twenty minutes with a maximum parking time of twelve hours.
Parking meters for short term parking are located in retail areas and will be set for two hour limits, encouraging turnover in high-demand parking spaces so more parking can be available for customers. To ensure proper use of these meters, motorists should feed quarters into meters for up to the maximum based on the length of time they plan on being parked and return to their vehicle before the time expires.
New rates will be strictly enforced. Motorists need to make sure to read instructions on meters and pay attention to the new time limits, or be subject to ticketing for violations. Parking meters are in effect from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Over the next few weeks, motorists will also see an upgrade in single space meter mechanisms going on in some areas of the city. The entire city is expected to be converted within four to six weeks transitioning a total of twelve hundred parking meters that are outdated, broken or obsolete. The new meters are low maintenance and more efficient at timekeeping and will allow meter technicians to have more time to do other tasks.
The city is spending $180 thousand to upgrade the meters and will pay for them through proceeds made from the sale of bonds.
For additional information contact Commissioner Gaylord Worrell at 914-665-2470.
The major storm heading toward our area is expected to hit hard later this afternoon. There’s still time to get out and pick up essentials and run a few errands before the worst of the weather hits us.
High winds and low visibility during projected whiteout conditions will make driving and walking dangerous. The city is encouraging motorists to stay off of the roads during the height of the storm and is encouraging everyone to stay indoors unless it is absolutely necesarry to go outdoors. Alternate side of the street parking has been suspended. The Doles Community Center and Armory Senior Programs will close today at 1:00 p.m.
In addition the city is reminding residents to take the following actions during the storm:
CALL 911 ONLY IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY
POLICE DEPARTMENT – 914-665-2500
FIRE DEPARTMENT – 914-665-2626
PUBLIC WORKS STORM EMERGENCIES – 914-665-2460
WATER DEPARTMENT – 914-668-3528
Paying a parking ticket in Mount Vernon will cost more beginning March 1. “The city had to raise the penalties for parking infractions,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “Mount Vernon has some of the lowest fees for parking violations in the county, but that will change next month.”
In an ordinance passed last December, the City Council approved increasing fees for parking summonses effective the beginning of March. Early payment costs will also rise for some infractions. “We will be stepping up our parking enforcement efforts,” said Gaylord Worrell, Commissioner of the city’s Parking Bureau.
Drivers can avoid paying the increased costs for summonses by parking legally. The city maintains a total of 2,275 parking spaces in lots located throughout the city. Complaints regarding broken meters should be made directly to the Parking Bureau, 3 East Sidney Avenue, 914.665.2323. Questions about parking ticket payments can be answered by the Parking Ticket Collections Department located in the Mount Vernon City Court, Second Floor, 2 Roosevelt Square, 914.665.2592.
Alternate side of the street parking has been suspended today throughout the city. Metered parking remains in effect.
Please be advised that City Council meetings concerning Adopting 2013 Annual Estimate scheduled for Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. and Friday December 28, 2012 AT 7:00 p.m. have been CANCELLED.
The Mount Vernon Fire Department is uring residents to put “Safety First” this holiday season. Recognizing that the season is a time when family and friends get together, to have a good time and enjoy one another’s company, think about giving gifts that can help keep them safe. Consider gifting someone you know a quality fire extinguisher, flashlight and batteries or light sticks. A first-aid kit, carbon Monoxide detector, mobile phone or second floor escape ladder are also neat stocking stuffers.
Mount Vernon will celebrate the holiday season in City Hall Plaza on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor Ernest D. Davis hopes the celebration will help residents get into the spirit this holiday season. “It’s been a tough year for so many people. This is the season when we all need to spread as much cheer as we can,” said Mayor Davis.
This year’s holiday tree was donated by American Christmas, a Mount Vernon design company responsible for magnificent displays at such notable retailers as Saks Fifth Avenue, Radio City Music Hall, Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Rockefeller Center, J Crew, and dozens of other well-known retail and entertainment venues. Besides the 20 foot tree decorated with LED lights standing in front of City Hall, American Christmas also generously decorated trees for the police and fire departments.
Santa will be on hand to greet youngsters and a special appearance by the colorfully attired “Three Kings,” wise men of biblical teachings that are popular in the Spanish speaking countries. Three Kings are supposed to represent the journey from distant lands to Bethlehem while bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh upon the birth of baby Jesus.
Holiday performances will be provided by the Columbus School Band, The Westchester Marching Cobras, Young at Arts and the Mayor’s Interfaith Choir.
In the event of rain, the festivities will be held on the ground floor of city hall.
The Fulton Avenue drawbridge has been closed for emergency repairs after becoming stuck Tuesday night at a 15 degree angle.
The bridge is closed to both vehicles and pedestrians during the repairs.
On March 28, 2012 City Council enacted Legislation authorizing
the Parking Bureau to extend on street parking meter time to 8:00 p.m.
effective May 1, 2012. The same was approved by the Board of Estimate
and Contract on April 3, 2012. Therefore please be advised that on street
parking meter time will be extended to 8:00 p.m. effective May 1, 2012.