BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Bloomfield taxpayers are expected to save an estimated $200,000 annually following the dissolution of the Bloomfield Parking Authority. A new parking utility, created during Monday's conference meeting, will oversee all parking matters throughout the township.
The BPA was responsible for parking meter enforcement in the central business district as well as downtown Bloomfield. The police department enforced parking in the rest of the community. The new utility will streamline parking enforcement operations and save money.
“The Township of Bloomfield is taking a global approach to parking issues, and that starts with placing all parking administrative issues under the supervision of the township,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “The decision to dissolve the BPA and create a new utility was approved by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, and they agree that this measure will result in an annual savings greater than $200,000 by eliminating overlapping services. This is a great outcome for Bloomfield taxpayers and it fits our vision of delivering excellent services while keeping costs under control.”
All former BPA functions will now be folded into the township, with parking enforcement actions to be handled by the Bloomfield Police Department. As part of the reorganization, Bloomfield is reviewing existing parking regulations and practices with a goal of improving access to parking both in the downtown area to assist small businesses as well as in residential areas to ensure that residents can find parking in their neighborhoods.
“The parking authority and the township were performing overlapping services, and with the creation of this centralized utility to handle parking matters, we can streamline these operations and deliver necessary services to our residents more efficiently,” said Township Administrator Matt Watkins. “By combining resources, we will be able to provide more comprehensive parking solutions to the residents, business owners, and shoppers who depend on Bloomfield’s parking availability.”