Proposed Ordinance in Fairfield Modifies Township’s Towing Laws

Joseph Catenaro, Fairfield Township administrator, suggests changing towing ordinance Credits: Gail Bottone
Fairfield Township council reports on township upcoming events Credits: Gail Bottone

FAIRFIELD, NJ — While addressing the Fairfield Township Council on Monday, Township Administrator Joseph Catenaro asked for the council’s permission to draw up a proposed ordinance that would modify the township’s towing law.

Catenaro explained that, as it stands now, if a car gets towed to the tow yard after 5 p.m., which is after the tow yard closes for the day, the owner would have to pay storage charges for two full days. This applies even if the car gets to the tow yard at 11:59 p.m., according to Caternaro, who said that this is “not equitable.”

The council gave Catenaro permission to draft an ordinance that will give the car owner 24 hours from when the car gets to the tow yard. For example, if a car gets to the tow yard at 11:30 p.m. and the owner picks the car up at 11:30 a.m., the owner will only be charged storage charges for one day, not two. It is a $35-per-day storage charge.

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Catenaro said that the ordinance would be written in time for the next mayor and council meeting on Monday, April 10.

In other news, Council President Michael McGlynn reported that the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department is looking into purchasing a new fire truck. He also reminded residents of the Fairfield Exempt Firemen’s Association’s 39th annual pancake breakfast is on Sunday, April 9 at Fireman’s Hall at 5 Commerce Road from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Charges are $6 for adults and $4 for children.

The council accepted a letter of resignation from Adriana Russo, who worked in the township for 10 years, as deputy court administrator in the municipal court. Russo has taken a job as court administrator in Nutley. 

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