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Mahwah Dismisses Snow Suggestion, Maintains Street Parking Ban

The township considered only banning on-street parking during snow events, as opposed to the current ban, which lasts November through April.

Mahwah's winter-long street parking ban is going to remain in place, despite some discussion at a recent council meeting about changing it to a snow-only parking ban, similar to street parking rules that exist in nearby towns.

At a township council meeting last week, council members considered changing the current rule, which allows for no parking on the street from November through April. Some council members advocated for a rule similar to the one in place in Ridgewood, which says that residents are only banned from parking on the street when snow is on the ground.

The council discussed the parking rule at its meeting last week after Council President John Roth said he received some questions on the issue from Police Chief Jim Batelli on whether or not the township could switch to the snowtime-only parking restrictions.

Councilman Roy Larson advocated to switch the township ordinance to banning on-street parking only when snow is on the ground.

“That makes the most sense because it’s the snow that’s the problem,” he said.

Most other council members, however, said they preferred sticking to Mahwah’s current rule.

Councilman Harry Williams said the Ridgewood-type ordinance would be “too vague and subjective,” saying that it would be difficult to enforce, especially in unpredictable weather. He also said the town hasn’t had an issue with the current method.

“If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” he said.

Councilman Steve Sbarra also brought up leaf collection as a reason not to change the rule.

“We are one of the few towns that allows people to pile their leaves at the street,” he said. Adding parked cars to the mix when leaf piles are around the township during the fall and winter months could create a dangerous situation, he said.

Though the council decided to deny a switch to the parking rules, it does plan to amend the on-street parking ordinance. According to council members, residents who wish to have an exception granted to the rule request it through the police department, and the PD has the discretion to grant a temporary exception. Though the practice has been in place for at least 30 years, council members said it is not currently reflected in the ordinance.

“I have no problem with the past practice, but it should be codified,” Roth said. The council will likely introduce an amendment to the ordinance that outlines the procedure for requesting a temporary exemption from the parking rule at its next meeting.

Mona Lot January 29, 2014 at 11:01 AM
I wonder what the motivation is for this request to change an ordinance that has been successful for all these years,could it be that a large number of parking tickets issued on certain streets in the township could be the culprit??
Regenbogen January 29, 2014 at 04:36 PM
Mona Lot I wonder if money was gotten from these tickets or were they just warnings?
hsr January 29, 2014 at 05:15 PM
Many times it snows during the night and isn't noticed till daytime. So you know what will happen. Stick to what works.

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