SPARTA, NJ – The Lake Mohawk Country Club officials announced the parking lot will remain open, after the township council meeting on Tuesday at which an ordinance was introduced to allow for paid parking.

In front of a packed chamber, all five councilmembers voted to in favor of the first reading of ordinance 19-19 amending the “comprehensive land management code.”  The ordinance grants the right of a “homeowners association with more than 300 members” the right to charge non-members to park in their lot.

The LMCC will not be allowed to charge for street parking. Only vehicles using the parking lot can be charged according to the ordinance.

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Only a few members of the public spoke about the parking lot issue.  Keith Holmes owner of St Mortiz showed the council members two stacks of petitions they collected at the White Deer Plaza Merchants Association Plaza Day two weeks ago.  One stack represented allof the business owners the other was from the visitors to the plaza that day, he said.  The petition was in support of the LMCC request to allow to charge for parking. 

Krogh’s Bob Fuchs thanked the mayor and the township manager.  He said, “It has been my life long dream to have the parking issue be resolved.  I’m so grateful that is has worked out.”

Mayor Molly Whilesmith said, “Thank you Mr. Fuchs.  Now you need a new dream.”

The LMCC announcement said they will keep the lot open “pending approval,” of the ordinance.  An ordinance requires two votes; first an introduction and a second after a “hearing” at which council members and the public can have input.  The ordinance will need at least three votes to be adopted. 

According to the ordinance notice, 19-19 will be considered for final passage and adoption at the next regular township council meeting on November 12.