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 long dispute between local residents and the New Mantoloking Taxi Company, 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.