BRIDGEWATER, NJ - In an effort to better assist handicapped drivers and others, the Bridgewater Township Council is considering a possible ordinance to require businesses to clear snow from handicapped parking spaces within 24 hours of a snowfall.

Council President Allen Kurdyla was contacted by Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione about a similar ordinance approved in Hillsborough.

“It was regarding accessible cleaning up snow for handicapped parking,” Kurdyla said. “They passed an ordinance to strengthen snow cleanup by stating that if you have a handicapped spot, within 24 hours you must get it cleaned up, otherwise you could be eligible for fines.”

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Kurdyla said he thinks it is a sensible idea.

“I would find it hard to believe that people don’t already do that,” he said.

Kurdyla said he thinks it’s a reasonable option, and he would like the administration to look at the verbiage of the Hillsborough ordinance and determine if it would be possible for Bridgewater too.

Councilman Filipe Pedroso said he believes it is a good concept for an ordinance, but he wouldn’t want it to become burdensome for the businesses.

“For example, if they are not open for business, they shouldn’t have to worry about it,” he said.

Norgalis said he believes it also needs to be made clear that if businesses are plowing through a parking lot, they shouldn’t plow the snow into a handicapped parking spot.

All council members expressed support for looking into the possibility of enacting such an ordinance.