LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como has shelved a residents-only permit parking plan that would have continued after the state’s current stay-at-home order is lifted.

Instead, the borough council has directed its engineering firm to make recommendations for a plan that would establish permanent parking regulations in residential districts.

During its May 5 meeting, the governing body pulled an ordinance up for adoption that would have required residents to obtain on-street parking permits — a measure aimed at easing parking congestion, particularly when there is an influx of visitors and renters during a typical summer season.

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Mayor Kevin Higgins said he originally thought the proposed ordinance was needed to “back up” the current emergency residential parking order that requires residents to display stickers on their vehicles for the duration of the coronavirus health emergency to discourage out-of-towners from visiting Lake Como.

However, that is not the case, and the borough council wants more time to examine the more permanent measure, including a review of similar ordinances in other towns and feedback from residents.

As for the current emergency parking order, Belmar Police Department has written about 14 tickets for violations — a number that is expected to rise now that most resident vehicles have stickers.

To make it easier for police officers to identify legally parked cars on borough streets, residents are being asked to display on the rear driver’s side of their vehicles. These stickers are not required for vehicles parked in driveways.

To obtain additional decals with proof of residency, contact Borough Clerk/Administrator Louise Mekosh at 732-681-3232 or lmekosh@boro.lake-como.nj.us.

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