December 19, 2013 at 11:59 PM
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Last year, the council approved a no overnight parking ordinance during snow accumulation. At this week's council meeting, Councilman Ed Delia reminded the public of the importance of this ordinance to allow the DPW and County proper access to the streets for efficient snow removal. Delia would like to see this ordinance put into use and have cars off the street during this time. The installation of the No Parking signs is a priority for town engineering.
No Vehicular Parking During Snow Accumulation Ordinance states:
10.24.020 No vehicular parking during snow accumulations.
A. Whenever there is a snow accumulation in the Township of Berkeley Heights, no vehicle shall be parked on any public street or highway, or any portions thereof, that is subject to such snow accumulation. All vehicles shall be removed from said streets and highways within one hour of the existence of the snow accumulation. Such parking prohibitions shall remain in effect on each street and highway after the snow has ceased and until such street or highway has been plowed sufficiently or the snow has melted to the extent that vehicular parking will not interfere with the normal flow of vehicular traffic.
B. Any unoccupied vehicle parked or standing within any street or highway, or any portion thereof, in violation of Section 10.24.020(A) shall be deemed a nuisance and a menace to the safe and proper regulation of traffic, and the Township Police Department is authorized to provide for the removal of such vehicle, in addition to the issuance of a summons or any other penalty provided by law. No vehicle shall be removed pursuant to this Section unless there exists a hazardous or dangerous condition as a result of said violation, which determination is to be made in the sole discretion of the Township police officer. The owner of said vehicle shall pay all reasonable costs of the removal and storage of the vehicle which may result from such removal before regaining possession of the vehicle.
C. In accordance with N.J.S.A. 39:4-198, signage notifying of the parking restrictions established herein shall be erected throughout the Township in conformance with the current Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Snow Emergency and establishing regulations during snow emergencies.
Councilman Delia also addressed placing two hour parking limit signs along Springfield Avenue west of Plainfield Avenue. "This is an issue because vehicles are parking for free all day for the train and it is causing a problem on Springfield Avenue for snow plowing," said Delia. Mayor Bruno asked Administrator Linda Cavanaugh to start the discussion with Chief Mathis and will address in the first quarter of 2014.
Mayor Bruno asked for strict enforcement of pedestrian cross walk laws. Drivers need to be cogniscent of people when they are in a pedestrian cross walk and stop to allow them to cross the street.
Councilwoman Jeanne Kingsley reported that the newly hung holiday wreaths are not lit due to electrical issues on the pole. PSE&G is working to fix the electrical receptacles on the pole. PSE&G will complete the work when the parts are avaiable.