The Ridgewood parking saga continued at last night’s council meeting. Some new restrictions on Kenilworth Road and South Broad Street prompted residents to thank the council, to which Mayor Killion replied, “You don’t have to thank us. It’s our job.”
But as is so often the case with parking in Ridgewood, many are bound to be upset with the decision.
Ridgewood High School students and Somerville teachers will have to find new accomodations thanks to the new time restrictions on Kenilworth.
Beginning on September 1 (which just happens to be the first day of school), there will be no parking from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. as well as from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. from East Ridgewood Ave. to Spring Ave. The limit will be in place every week, Monday through Friday, until June 30.
Don’t try making any U-turns either, they are now prohibited on Kenilworth from E. Ridgewood Ave south to Spring Ave.
Resident Roger Weigand expressed concern that he knew of several Somerville teachers who park on Kenilworth due to lack of space in the school lot.
Mayor Killion replied, “I understand that it’s an issue, but we cannot solve every problem. It’s the residents that are our main concern.”
Overnight Parking in Public Lots
There is now no parking in any public lot between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. to allow for snowplowing and lot maintanence.
As per the ordinance, village residents may purchase a permit that will allow them to park passenger vehicles between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
However, the council is waiting on the return of Village Manager Ken Gabbert to make an amendment for Central Business District residents who previously held permits allowing them to park until 10 a.m.
The issue was on June 1 by CBD resident Tiffany Mallard, who noted the hassle of waking up at 6:00 a.m. to move her car every day with no available parking alternatives. The council agreed to address the problem.
Residents with permits must renew those on a quarterly basis, and watch out for “No Parking” signs during snowplow season, or face towing expenses.
South Broad Street
South Broad also saw some changes, due to the narrow road that usually results from early New York Sports Club visitors parking on both sides.
There will now be no stopping or standing on the west side of the road, no parking on the opposite side from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., and a 2-hour limit from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (except Sundays and holidays).
Perhaps determined exercisers can run there?
Walton Street and Cottage Place
There is now a 4-hour parking limit on both Walton Street and Cottage Place, beginning at 7:00 a.m. and lasting until 8:00 p.m., except Sundays and holidays.
Village Hall and Village Library Parking Lot
The yellow-lined stalls on the field-side of the lot are now reserved for Village of Ridgewood employees with valid window stickers only.