The Saratoga Springs City Council unanimously passed the five-year, $5.6 Million Capital Improvement Program set to get under way in 2012. Most of the comments during the public hearing were focused on the two major projects of the 17 included in the plan. The two projects in question were the Woodlawn Avenue parking deck, and the proposed Eastern Ridge emergency medical services satellite station.
The Eastern Ridge emergency medical services satellite station saw most of the controversy at the hearing on Tuesday night. The plan calls for a satellite station for ambulance personnel to better service Saratoga Lake and the communities that surround it. While many of the City Council members would like to see a fire station on the east side of the city as well, the city has to do what is affordable now.
The other big issue is the Woodlawn parking deck. The plan is to build a $2.6 million, two-story parking deck where the Woodlawn parking lot currently sits. One person stated that he would rather see some of the space be reserved for permit holders rather than for timed parking. People that live and work downtown need more parking, and this would offer locals their own slice of the parking lot.
What do you think about the projects that are under scrutiny? Do you think a full service Fire and EMS satellite station is necessary for the Eastern Ridge? If you live, work or play in Saratoga Springs, do you think that permit parking would help?