New Providence Council Goes After Driveway Clunkers

Credits: TAP Staff

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Old vehicles resting on cinder blocks or jacks resting in residential driveways will soon become a thing of the past as Borough Council members finalized plans to introduce an amended ordinance to prohibit such actions.

Councilman Jim Madden said the current law on the books prohibits residents from maintaining or storing vehicles not currently being used for transportation.

Madden said the language of the existing ordinance is vague which makes it difficult for law enforcement officers to enforce the ordinance.

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To that end, Borough Council members agreed to insert additional language that defines “used for transportation” as a vehicle that has a current registration, insurance and inspection sticker. The language was slightly modified noting that inspection stickers aren’t required for antique or historic autos.

“Making the ordinance stronger will provide law enforcement with probable reason to issue citations to remove cars from being stored on residential property,” Madden said.

The amended ordinance is expected to be introduced at the council’s next meeting in December. After the ordinance receives final approval, Madden said the Borough Council will turn its attention to another ordinance governing acceptable structural support for driveways.

By letter, resident Amy Reiling requested the Borough Council to waive building permit fees for home improvements to better accommodate her son who has an inoperable brain tumor. That request was denied but, at the suggestion of Council President Michael Gennaro, council members readily agreed to reach into their own pockets to pay the necessary fees.

In other actions, the council agreed to a prioritization of Commercial Development Block Grant applications for 2015-16. In order, the applications are senior citizen social services programs, senior citizen high risk health care and bathroom renovations at the Senior Citizen Center.

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