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UPDATED: Only One of Two Scheduled Parking Ordinances Passed by Township Council

Ordinance setting times for beach parking approved, while another ordinance mandating permit parking on certain township streets removed from meeting agenda

Despite two ordinances regarding parking in Brick Township listed for second reading and final hearing on the docket of Tuesday evening’s council meeting, only one was read and passed by the governing body. The other was removed from the agenda pending further meetings and discussion with township residents, according to the Council President.

The first ordinance would set the valid hours for a seasonal parking sticker issued from the township from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., from April 1 to October 31 for the year it was issued, extending the previous end time of 7 p.m. The ordinance would also set those same hours for the issuance of parking stickers to senior citizens. The prior policy of a $1 per hour fee for a car parked in those areas beyond 11 p.m. in the evening would remain in effect.

Linden Avenue resident and Former Councilman Michael Thulen said that he was “in favor” of what the township was doing with this ordinance, but pointed out problems occurring with the beach parking process.

“I actually had an opportunity to speak with a couple of the folks tonight from the Recreation Department who actually count the money, and they’re telling me that the machines that we have down there are giving back wet money that they have to dry out before they can use it,” said Thulen.

The former councilman added that perhaps having teenagers collect money for parking again and putting people to work in the summertime would be a good idea instead, and alternately suggested that a rearview mirror hangtag could be issued for parking permits instead of a sticker.

After Thulen's comments, the ordinance was then unanimously approved by the township council.

The second ordinance sought to prohibit parking on certain township streets, unless a township-issued permit is prominently displayed by motorists. The streets where this would be applicable under the ordinance are Monmouth Avenue, from Mantoloking Road to Lynnwood Avenue; Manchester Avenue, from Mantoloking Road to Lynnwood Avenue; and Sterling Avenue, from Glenwood Avenue to Fairfield Avenue.

This ordinance was developed as a response to the , whereby the residents living in the vicinity of the taxi company wanted to be able to park on their respective residential streets without vehicles from the taxi company occupying those spaces.

However, Council President John Ducey said that the ordinance was removed from Tuesday night’s agenda, pending further discussion.

“The reason (for the removal) is we’re going to have a meeting with the residents of that area, so that they can be individually noticed,” explained Ducey. “We’re going to have the Public Safety Committee there, the Chief of Police, the Mayor, Mr. (Scott) Pezarras and I believe Sean Kineavy, our Code Enforcement official, so that a presentation can be given to the residents and they know the impact upon them (with this ordinance).”

Ducey explained that after the meeting takes place, discussion will then continue among township officials regarding enforcement and parking issues in the affected neighborhoods.

Councilman Jim Fozman asked if a given household would be able to obtain more than four stickers for their vehicles under the proposed ordinance, and Ducey replied that issue would be a part of the imminent discussion that will be taking place with the impacted residents.

Please note that the next meeting of the Township Council will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m., at the Normandy Beach Improvement Association building, which is located at 541 Broad Street in Normandy Beach.

Seen Enough August 09, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Maybe Ducey should schedule a meeting with the residents of the town to discuss tax cuts? What do you think Vera... how about keeping those campaign pledges???
Seen Enough August 09, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Let see the council has addressed dog owners, boaters, kayakers, taxi cab company and people parking at beaches... have I missed anything? Day 222 of the Ducey regime have you seen his tax cuts he pledged? Wasn't this the number one issue facing Brick 7 months ago? I know its been a busy year, next year maybe? What a clown council we have! Hey clown council members remember this "This is why it is so very important for you to exercise your best judgment in choosing the Democratic candidates who will run for council. Based on integrity, consistency in positions, credibility, electability, and very importantly party loyalty, there can be no other choices but the four candidates who have been chosen by and who represent the official Democratic organization: John G. Ducey, Sue Lydecker, Jim Fozman, and Bob Moore. Each of these candidates has remained consistent in their principals and in the positions they have taken. They understand and respect the importance of solidarity and teamwork, and of working selflessly with no personal agenda." Tony Lazroe, Chairman Brick Democratic Party June 3, 2011
DGerber August 10, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I think you are full of hot air with that story... the moment that car is on the street for an extended amount of time you can complain about it.. how do you know it has expired plates and registration? should it actually have both or either.. it would have been ticketed and eventually removed from the street. So I have a hard time actually believing its been there for two years. I am glad you have an opinion about parking on the streets at night but I think you have your mind set on some other form of justice to the owner of that SUV. I think there is something wrong with you for thinking its okay to charge someone else for parking.. but oh lordy lordy don't charge you. By all means GO TO LAVALLETTE, you are not threatening anyone by not going to a particular beach. As for not being able to go to the beach for 15-20 min at sunset, why not? Take a bike or walk if you think parking fees are so horrible. . . You seriously must not live in town long at all if you think these fee parking areas are the only places to park.
Serpico August 13, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I too have a junky black SUV parked in the street near m home. It Has Not moved in 2 to 3 years. It Has a flat tire and weeds growing from under it. It Has a long ago expired inspection decal, along with a rejected sticker. I have not called because I have been the victim of vandalism before and I have good reason to believe it came from those same "neighbors", but one of my neighbors has reported it. And there it sits....
Betty Ann September 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM
@ Reality: I am one of those who have the beach tags for parking. Over the years, we had rear view mirror tags. Yes, there people who passed them to other family members. However, there was still one paid individual using that tag. This year, the Twp went to stickers. If your rear windows were even slightly tinted, you could not see them. We were then provided the option of getting the outside version of that tag. Now, we can't remove them! I'd prefer that the powers that be, go back to the tags next year, and only give us one tag vs 2 stickers with the same number. Providing 2 stickers with the same number surely will allow individuals to park two vehicles in the required parking sections. Also, I remember people purchasing senior parking passes, only to give them to their young adult grandchildren. That is why ID was required. I cannot blame the people who manage the program. But, I do blame the twp residents who always try to find loophole & dodge the systems in place.

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