The Huntington Town Council voted this week to take over from the New York State Department of Transportation the management of 38 bike lockers at the township's four Long Island Rail Road stations.
By a 3-2 vote at Town Hall Tuesday, the board approved the move which the NYSDOT hopes will help to increase bicycle use by commuters.
Board members Mark Mayoka and Eugene Cook voted against the resolution.
"I looked at this and I'm wondering why we are doing this," said Cook. "It's another way to collect fees from our residents," said Cook.
Mayoka said he was concerned about possible maintenance costs of the bicycle racks to the town.
In Huntington Station, 14 lockers are presently at 80 percent capacity, according to an outreach coordinator for NY511 Rideshare, a non-profit agency which until Monday was used by the NYSDOT to manage the train station lockers.
The town will now assume responsibility for tracking renters, maintenance of the units and debt collection.
"Honestly, it's really not a huge task," said the NY511 coordinator, who wished to remain anonymous. "The hardest part is reminding people when they have to renew."
Fees for lockers will include a $60 annual rental charge and a $40 key deposit — the same rates currently charged by the NYSDOT.
According to the resolution, the town will run a lottery program for available lockers. Applicants must submit a signed rental agreement, fee and security deposit to the Huntington Town Clerk's office on or before July 16.
Rental income will be recorded into the town's operating budget effective August 1, according to the town.