SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Borough Council will hold a public hearing on revised parking regulations at its Tuesday, Feb. 22 meeting before voting to approve or reject the new rules.
The new regulations would extend the time limits placed on Main Street parking meters from two to three hours, and eliminate time restrictions from off-street parking meters in municipal parking lots 1,2,4,6 and 7.
Rates will remain the same.
The borough continues to tweak its parking regulations 4 months after the new rate structure and time limits went into effect.
Merchants, shoppers, tenants and building owners have pushed back on the new rates and restrictive time limits.
Mayor Brian Gallagher, who noted that parking rates had remained the same for 30 years before the new rates were imposed last October, said the borough will continue to weigh changes as part of the process, which included a Feb. 13 meeting of the Downtown Somerville Parking Task Force to solicit public input.
“We will continue to identify issues and talk about other adjustments that may or may not be made,” Gallagher said. “We want to continue this dialogue.”
The Borough Council meeting was rescheduled from its usual Monday night to Tuesday because of the Presidents’ Day holiday; the meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, 24 South Bridge St. at police headquarters.
There are 1,100 parking meters and pay stations in the borough, according to Kevin Sluka, borough clerk.
The borough maintains seven parking lots; Parking lots 1 and 2, behind the Main Street shopping district stretching from Maple Street on the east to North Doughty Avenue on the west, includes 300 spaces, according to Sluka. Lot 7, located on E. High Street between North Bridge Street and Grove Street has 170 spaces.
Lots 3, 4 and 5 on the east side of the borough are much smaller. Lot 6 is primarily used for jurors who drive in from outside Somerville.