Boat trailer parking fees set in Penn Yan

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Village officials plan to begin collecting fees for parking boat trailers at the boat launch into the Keuka Outlet, located off Keuka Street this weekend.

Village residents and property owners will not be charged the fees, which are $5 per day or $30 per season, and Recreation Director Dan Doyle stresses that the fee is for parking boat trailers only. It is not a parking fee for cars, trucks or other vehicles, and it is not a fee for using the boat launch. If you put a boat in at the launch and remove the trailer immediately, there will be no charge.

The village board unanimously approved a resolution establishing the fees at its board meeting on May 17. This has been a project that has been in the works for at least two years, noted Mayor Robert Church.

Doyle says he’s fielded many questions about the fees, so he put together a list of details about the process:

• Any person who pays Village of Penn Yan taxes (has property or lives within the village limits) can park their boat trailer for free. However, they must fill out paperwork and then will be given a pass to put on their trailer.

• Having a “Penn Yan” mailing address doesn’t necessarily mean you are a taxpayer of the village.

• The fee is $5 per day or a season pass can be purchased for $30.

• You can pick up a season pass or a village taxpayer pass at the Village Office (where taxes and municipal bills are paid) - 111 Elm St., Penn Yan. This can be picked up anytime from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

• The daily $5 pass is paid for at the park using a drop box and a daily parking window ticket. There is no pre-registration for daily payment.

• This fee is for trailer parking only, not use of the launch. So, if you put your boat in the water in the spring and take it out in the fall, there is no charge.

• Failure to pay for parking will result in a maximum fine of $250 upon conviction.  

• Saturday, May 28 is the proposed start date. This is based on all the signage, payment box, registration stickers, and other supplies arriving on time.  The park will be well-signed once the fee is being charged.

Doyle says anyone with additional questions should contact the Village of Penn Yan Recreation Office. He prefers that questions come in an email form to ddoyle@villageofpennyan.com. However, you can always call the office at 315-531-1567.