SOMERSET, NJ – Winter is coming and residents will now need to navigate an on-street parking ban when it snows.
The council passed an ordinance last night that requires residents to get their cars off the street if there’s snow on the ground or see their cars ticketed and towed. The ban lasts until the road is plowed, even if it’s stopped snowing.
For many, this means cars will have to be parked in the driveway, but the ordinance exempts Brookline Avenue, Home Street, Ambrose Street and Phillips Road while allowing for residents without driveways to apply for a free exemption permit.
Permits can be obtained from the department of public works and will require a visit from a traffic officer to determine if the application is valid. But a permit is only valid on the street it’s issued for. Residents on exempted streets do not need a permit.
While the police department will ticket and tow vehicles left on the street, officers will rely on towing as a last resort as residents adjust to the new law.
“The effort is to try to get the car removed, so the first thing will be to try to locate the owner of the vehicle and have them move it,” Township Manager Robert Vornlocker said last month. “The police department will use their discretion in this and really try to get the owners to move the vehicles.”
In addition, last night the council got a visit from a representative of the U.S. Census Bureau as the nation gears up for the 2020 census.
Besides presenting opportunities and resources the bureau has available to ensure a full count of the township, the representative urged residents to get involved.
The bureau is hiring for a variety of skill sets, including anyone with language skills, social media and digital experience or computer knowledge to name a few. There are full-time, part-time and flexible opportunities available. The pay is between $18 and $36 an hour depending on expertise.