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High School Parking Issue Tops on Council Agenda

Flood mitigation efforts among other discussions to be held Wednesday night

In January, the Ridgewood Village Council expressed skepticism that stripping students of the right to park on Heermance Place was a good idea. They'll revisit the debate on Wednesday night at the council work session.

The school district is seeking a dozen spots on the village-owned street for high school teachers, who would be issued parking permits during the school day.

Council members – and residents – were looking for the school district for a number of answers at its last meeting.

  • How many student permits are issued? How many teachers and non-teaching staff park on the site? Has the staff increased over the years at the high school?
  • Why all the sudden is the number of spots at the lot insufficient?
  • Couldn't the board see if Heermance or First Presbyterian Church – where students also park – could be restriped or reworked to add 10 more spots?
  • Will the short-handed police department have to deal with enforcement?

Beyond parking chatter, the village council will also entertain further discussions on flood mitigation efforts at the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook and the Saddle River.

It will also hear updated plans on Village Hall's flood restoration work, which is expected to cost about $550,000.

The council meets on the fourth floor of Village Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Laurie Goodman February 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM
It's unfortunate that RHS parking is on the agenda during the February break when many students and teachers are out of town.
Newcomer February 22, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Students pay $500 to park at the church surely they can reconfigure to spur more profit$$
JV February 22, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Why is this even an issue for the council to question or for meetings and surveys and discourse ad nauseum? The staff needs more parking. Since most teachers come from outside of town, they would reasonably need parking. The students do not need to drive to school, nor do they need to park on campus if there's no room. The sense of entitlement is predictable, but not easy to sustain. This seems little different from the CBD parking issues. There's plenty of parking in town. The problem is that people don't want to park more than a few steps from their destination. What happens when these students go to colleges where there is no, or limited, parking? Will they protest? Will they have their parents call to complain about this critical issue that so negatively affects them? This seems like a massive waste of time for something that is not very important.
Grant Symington February 22, 2012 at 03:56 PM
JV - While I agree with you that there should is sense of entitlement from the students, I would disagree with you that there is inadequate teacher parking. On any given day, I see several spots available within the RHS lot. Everytime I go to RHS, I find a place to park nearby. It's a non-issue. For me, the issue of one of "taking"; the BOE wants exclusive rights to Heermance Place which is a public street not owned by them. The VOR would be essentially giving the BOE Heermance place. What's next, a couple of hundred feet of Brookside?
Boyd A. Loving February 22, 2012 at 04:13 PM
The sense of entitlement on the part of staff and faculty is just as predictable. Staff and faculty are just as capable of walking back and forth to Graydon South. Is there a contractual obligation on the part of BOE members to provide on site parking for all staff and faculty? If Heermance Place is to be designated as a "private parking area" for RHS staff and faculty, the BOE must be prepared to assume full responsibility for its ongoing maintenance and repair, including snow plowing, paving, street cleaning, curb repair, sidewalk replacement, and more.
James Kleimann February 22, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Boyd, I looked through the REA's contract agreement with the district. I did not see any section discussing parking.
Boyd A. Loving February 22, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Thanks James.
James Jr. February 23, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I've always wondered why the Village never added meters to those spots. But, I have to agree with Boyd that the spots should be left as first-come-first-serve. In reality the staff of RHS can grab the spots too if they get to there early enough.

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