MILLBURN, NJ – Though free parking at all township municipal lots and meters was announced to begin Oct. 29 at the last regularly scheduled Township Committee meeting, perhaps not everyone got the memo. Nine vehicles were inadvertently ticketed for failure to pay for parking this past weekend.
To resolve the issue, the township will ask a judge to dismiss all parking tickets, requiring no effort from those who received them. According to Millburn Township Business Administrator Alex McDonald, it is highly likely the judge will allow for the dismissal.
In an effort to support downtown businesses during the construction, the township’s traffic subcommittee initially recommended that free parking begin a month earlier than it’s usual time, which traditionally happens on Black Friday. The Township Committee unanimously supported the idea and thusly announced by mayor Ted Bourke at the Oct. 19 meeting.
“The word was put out, we’re not certain exactly why some folks were not informed,” said McDonald. “The day to day operation of the township is under my jurisdiction, regardless how small the matter may have been. I take responsibility for it and we are resolving the issue now.”
Captain Michael Mulligan of the Millburn Police Department, concurs with business administrator McDonald that it is highly likely the judge will dismiss the tickets under the circumstances. The municipal court that deals with this sort of matter will be in session Nov. 1 in Millburn.