Advisory: Gov. Christie Issues State of Emergency for New Jersey Snow Storm; Montclair Parking Ordinance Enforced

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TRENTON, NJ - Winter weather advisory issued by Governor Christie. State of Emergency declared for snow storm. In addition, Montclair Township enforces an on-street parking Ordinance 327-25, to facilitate snow removal on public streets. The ordinance prohibits parking on public streets during a snow event as well as parking a vehicle so that it extends into the roadway when it snows. The regulation applies when any accumulation of snow completely covers the roadway and obstructs road markings.

With Winter Storm Cato expected to impede transportation and travel throughout New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie today declared a State of Emergency, authorizing the State Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. Commuters are asked to use extreme caution while traveling across the state.

“Today’s storm is expected to produce travel hazards and potentially cause power outages throughout the state,” said Governor Christie. “I’ve authorized state officials to take all necessary action to prepare, and my Administration will continue monitoring conditions throughout the remainder of the storm. With higher than normal traffic volume due to the Thanksgiving holiday, I strongly encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully so that they and their families arrive safely at their destinations. “

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Already affecting parts of the state, Winter Storm Cato is expected to continue into the evening, bringing rain, snow, mixed precipitation, and strong winds.

Here is a copy of the Governor’s Executive Order [pdf 14kB]

The parking prohibition remains in effect after the snowfall has stopped and until the entire block of roadway has been cleared of snow

Daily overnight parking permits may not be used when streets are snow covered. The ordinance also applies to metered parking areas during the hours of 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Vehicles with handicapped placards/plates remain legally parked, however these vehicles may not be parked in the same location for more than 24 hours. If at all possible, other parking arrangements should be made to keep the streets clear for plowing.

On streets where overnight permit parking is allowed, the following regulations will go into effect during a snow event:

1. On even calendar days night permit parking shall be allowed on the North and East sides of the street.

2. On odd calendar days night permit parking shall be allowed on the South and West sides of the street.

The date which determines on which side of the street to park is the VIOLATION DATE during the 2:00AM – 5:00AMwindow when enforcement officers are out. THE VIOLATION DATE IS NOVEMBER 27, THEREFORE PARK ON THE SOUTH (West Orange side) AND WEST (Verona side) SIDES OF THE STREET TONIGHT.  Night permits only allow residents to park on the street until 9:00 AM therefore these vehicles MUST be cleared of snow and moved off the street by 9:00 AM so that snow removal can begin those sides.  Vehicles should be removed to area parking lots while streets are being cleared and may resume parking on the street only when the snow has been completely cleared and snow has ceased.

One-time use/daily scratch off permits are prohibited during a snow emergency and vehicles displaying these types of permits will be ticketed and removed from the roadway under ordinance 327-25.

Hourly limits and meter fees at the Fullerton Parking Deck (located next to the Park Street YMCA) and the Bay Street Deck will be waived when snow accumulations are greater than two inches and until 24 hours after snow has stopped falling.

To see the full text of the ordinance, download Township Ordinance 327-25.

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