Palmer’s Steak House on
122 E. Capitol Drive is one of many successful
restaurants and businesses in downtown Hartland that
have added to the amount of cars there.
HARTLAND — Village officials are seeking solutions to
downtown parking problems as new businesses and
restaurants on the main drag have led to residents and
visitors cramming for that “perfect spot.”
Back in 2005,
the downtown was relatively quiet with little to do, said Jeff
Pfannerstill, village president. Now, Hartland has a lot more night
life, adding to increased vehicle and foot traffic, he said.
“On some nights
[in the past], you could walk down the dotted line and not even
worry about a car hitting you,” Pfannerstill said. “Now there’s a
lot of activity between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the
village, and a lot of those people want to be in the same area.”
businesses are great for the local economy, Pfannerstill said,
people have started to park illegally, and in some cases in front of
driveways. Residents have also complained about the bumper-tobumper
parking, which makes it difficult to maneuver, especially on
weekends, Pfannerstill said.
night’s Village Board meeting, Pfannerstill entertained the idea of
parking stalls to add more organization.
“By going to a
more organized fashion, we will consistently be able to have that
same amount of parking in that general area,” Pfannerstill said.
Department of Public Works recently installed municipal
parking lot signs around the village so downtown
visitors can find alternate parking.
were just a part of preliminary discussion, board members agreed
that a change should be made.
But the problem
is not that the village doesn’t have enough places to park. In fact,
there are a total of six municipal lots within walking distance of
downtown Hartland. And even though these lots were recently marked
with a green sign, most people don’t know they exist, Pfannerstill
know, we may take the step of painting yellow parking lines on the
road, so we don’t have people taking up extra space,” Pfannerstill
said. “It forces there to be a general system instead of it being a
Chief Dave Dean also said village officials should look into
handicap parking spots in downtown Hartland, adding that there
also suggested increasing the cost of parking tickets so visitors
are less inclined to park illegally. Right now, Hartland’s parking
citation is $10, which is $10 less than the City of Pewaukee,
Delafield, Waukesha and both the village and Town of Merton.
It’s not clear
if and when the ticket price will rise or if parking stalls are the
solution, Pfannerstill said. But paying an officer to write the
ticket costs the village more money than it receives from the
ticket, and it’s not very effective, he said.
“The ticket has
to be a deterrent,” Pfannerstill said. “It’s not suppose to be fun
to pay a fine.”