Flyte Tyme Argues Vehicles At Lukoil Station Not In Violation

Local residents look to voice concerns

The Zoning Board of Adjustment is still considering an application for an appeal from Flyte Tyme Worldwide Transportation for their use of parking at the Lukoil station on Franklin Turnpike after discussion on the topic at Wednesday night's meeting.

Flyte Tyme has allegedly been using the Lukoil gas station at 149 Franklin Turnpike as a base of operations for seven vehicles, five mini-busses and two vans. This, however, was cited as being in violation of township ordinances forbidding the storage of vehicles on a site.

The applicant’s attorney, Antimo Del Vecchio, argued that since no vehicles were in fact being stored on the property, they were not actually in violation of zoning.

Del Vecchio proceeded to explain that the reasons that a verbal agreement had come about between this particular gas station and Flyte Tyme was a matter of conveniences. This was the only local gas station that offered diesel fuel, which these particular vehicles require.

Additionally, this particular class of vehicles by NJ Department of Transportation ordinance must be inspected daily. And if issues were found, they could be serviced at this particular service station.

Del Vecchio argued that the zoning issue was nothing more than a misunderstanding. As the vehicles were inspected at the station every morning, they were not being stored, but were in fact present awaiting service in the morning.

“Sam” Ellahi, owner of this Lukoil station, was the first witness. He has been the owner of this franchise since July 2010, and also owns two other locations. He corroborated Del Vecchio’s claims, and also mentioned that prior to the current issue, had not been cited with any zoning violations.  

Ellahi testified that they inspect the vehicles for free every morning, but perform service and fuel the vehicles for payment. He maintained that the vehicles normally are off the lot and in service most of the day.

Board member George Cimis, however, presented photos he claimed were from 2:30 p.m. on the same day, showing a couple of Flyte Tyme’s vehicles still at the service station. He also expressed concerns about a grassy area adjacent to the lot, and the possibility of its being used for parking.

Tim Rose, owner of Flyte Tyme, agreed with all that had been stated to that point, and conceded that those were his vehicles, but they may have been there following service or even refueling.  

Local neighbors wished to speak about concerns with this situation, but as other residential items on the docket had to be addressed, Board Chairman Rabolli called for an adjournment of the matter. He suggested, in the meantime, the local neighbors and the site owner discuss their issues, and come to some sort of agreement before the next time they meet.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the Flyte Tyme matter will be carried to September 21 and October 5, before the board votes on the matter. 

Glenn Murphy August 22, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Is It Me or Just the "Facts" that this "Taxi Company" is Violating Zoning Laws. And I also wonder about the "Gas Station Owner", Another "Money Grubbing" recent "Immigrant/Recent Naturalized American" that Is "USing: I DO NOT UNDERSTAND ENGLISH. or I Do NOT Follow American Laws.. ONLY $$$$$
Dee August 24, 2011 at 11:00 PM
I believe it is the town's job to enforce this matter and do what is best for the residents. They cannot expect the local residents and the service owner to sit down and hash this out!
Leaking Ink September 26, 2011 at 11:41 AM
Isn't Tim Rose, Owner of Flyte Tyme, Bill LaForet's Brother-in-Law? Funny how this is all happening NOW that Bill LaForet chose to run for Mayor. Stranger still, is how Bill LaForet's political signs keep disappearing. The fact is: Bill LaForet is entitled to put up political signs since he's running for office. All I know is, I can't vote for an incumbant Mayor who keeps playing childish political power games like this.
Glenn Murphy September 26, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Ah..So FLYTE Tyme... JUST wants to violate the town of MAHWAH rules and regulations for his own $$$.. And also Does Business with a "CHEAP ASS" Gas Station owner, who allows Vehicals to be stored/PARKED on his PROPERTY for $$$.. I say: DON'T BUY LUKE OIL GAS!!!
Glenn Murphy September 26, 2011 at 06:21 PM
Very Simple:NOT ALLOWED to PARK Vehicals of that "TYPE" on that Parcel of Land by the Township of Mahwah, Zoning Rules and Regulations!! Also Residential area behind the station gets the "Crappy View" of the Trucks!! Plane and Simple!!
Leaking Ink September 28, 2011 at 04:27 AM
James--Maureen Rose, Timmy Rose, and Pete Rose are brothers and sister. They lived at 123 Catherine Avenue In Mahwah growing up. Maureen Rose is married to Bill LaForet. So unless it's a totally different Tim Rose that owns Flyte Tyme, then it's merely coincidental. I don't know what the family or other dynamics involved are, so I couldn't tell you the reason. My guess: perhaps because Bill LaForet's gas station simple doesn't have the space to service that many vehicles on a daily basis? Or perhaps as Malcolm from Mahwah suggests below, it's two local businesses working together for mutual benefit. The Chamber of Commerce businesses usually help each other out as evidenced by the unity recently displayed by them at Mahwah Day activities. At any rate, this is America. If you don't like Bill LaForet's prices or trust his repair work, go elsewhere. If you don't want to vote for him for Mayor, don't. But the fact still remains, like him or not, Bill LaForet has a right to run for Mayor without having his political signs taken down or his family members unnecessarily harassed. The Township of Mahwah will make their decision about Flyte Tyme and this Gas Station and that will be that. I only hope the Zoning Committee weighs all the pros and cons, considers the underlying political atmosphere, and gives a decision that is fair to all parties concerned.
Leaking Ink September 28, 2011 at 03:48 PM
As Mahwah continues to increase in density, the demand for parking and transportation services will remain an issue that needs to be addressed. The gas station property (now LukOil) was empty and overgrown for awhile before LukOil purchased it. It is site-screened with a fence that is non-invasive. Both that property and the A & P, with their attendant parking lots, existed before the house owner(s) moved in, so there is no way the house owner(s) could have been unaware of the possibility that vehicles might be parked on those sites. Personaly, I'm glad the site is open for business and providing Mahwah with increased ratables.
Leaking Ink September 28, 2011 at 03:49 PM
In an area as spread out as Mahwah, I believe Flyte Tyme provides a necessary service benefit to our public. Other than transportation to New York City, there isn't enough intra-area transportation, especially going east and west. Bus and train schedules have also reduced their frequency of operation. Personally, I've used Mahwah Taxi to get to and from work from time-to-time. In addition, Mahwah has a responsibility to its senior citizens, who can't always get around easily. I think it's efficient as well as economically and environmentally sound for Flyte Tyme and LukOil to buddy up during these economic times. It is a simple business solution beset by too many layers of regulation. The Mahwah Township Zoning Board needs to support existing areas of business, encourage small-business stability and growth, and focus on improving Mahwah's local economies. In my opinion, this Township Ordinance needs to be reviewed and modified and a permit granted.
Leaking Ink September 28, 2011 at 03:51 PM
A possible reason as to why Bill's brother-in-law takes his cars/trucks to a competitor is because Bill LaForet's gas station doesn't supply diesel fuel. LukOil does.
Andy Schmidt September 29, 2011 at 01:07 PM
The article cites it as a prohibition to "store" vehicles on a property. If THAT is the case, then I would think the ordinance was intended to prevent people from LEAVING vehicles (e.g., without current insurance/registration) for days or even weeks (such as a used car lot) or even abandoning them and let them rust away. To me, this should not apply to PARKING vehicles between daily uses? Storing is not the same as parking?
Andy Schmidt September 30, 2011 at 08:30 PM
>> Does he not like paying the highest prices in town for gas? Do we want our taxes to be like Billy's gas prices: The highest in the area? << James, you have been repeating this vicious rumor about the Mahwah gas stations along Franklin Tpke many times. Today (9/30, 4:00 PM), as I was picking up my daughter from school, she noted down the credit card card prices for regular fuel (which is what we use for our cars): Shell 3.459 Getty 3.439 Lukoil 3.439 Gulf 3.429 Sunoco 3.429 I didn't catch the Cigto sign fast enough to figure out their "credit card" price, but it BELIEVE it was between Lukoil and Gulf.
Dee September 30, 2011 at 08:47 PM
My house was there long before A & P expanded into a mega shopping center. As for Lukeoil, yes they've done a great job improving the property, but I shouldn't have to see a line of Flyte Tyme vehicles in my view everytime I sit on my deck.
Andy Schmidt September 30, 2011 at 09:33 PM
Was trying to follow your shopping tip, but when I used my Amex to buy regular gas (and first having to figure out, while driving, what the REAL price is because many gas stations try to trick you with "cash" prices - and then charge you 10 cents extra for using your regular credit card) - I found that the ONLY Mahwah gas station on Franklin Turnpike that Lukoil sells LESS than, was Shell (3.459 vs. 3.439). I prefer to get my gas at gas stations that don't play games by advertising one price (with fine print that you can't read while driving) and then charge much more when I pay.


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