Parking matters

Downtown business owners are asking the town to do something about people abusing parking spaces on the Milford Oval.

Led by Kevin Stevens, owner and chef of the Union Street Grill, a group of downtown business owners told selectmen Monday night that something needs to be done. Stevens estimated that losses from cars staying longer than two hours in each parking spot costs business owners $15,000 each year per parking spot, a total that includes thousands in tips lost for each tip-earning employee at the restaurants on the Oval.

A two-hour parking ordinance was removed in 2002 when budget concerns led to the elimination of the town’s part-time parking enforcement officer, making enforcement all but impossible.

Selectmen said they have received e-mails against reinstituting time limits, but the audience Monday was unanimously for having some type of restrictions. Some business owners, however, said they require customers for time periods longer than the proposed two-hour limit.

Selectmen will discuss the issue again Monday, June 22.