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Parking Ordinance Puts RHS Students, Somerville Teachers in Pickle

Kennilworth is no longer a go; council also switches up S. Broad and works toward overnight CBD parking fix

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.

Kenilworth Road

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.

James Kleimann June 10, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Excuse me, *near Grove St., not on Grove St.
Lucy Rieger June 10, 2011 at 04:10 PM
If you lived on Kenilworth between E. Ridgewood Avenue and Spring you could not get in or out of your driveway during the winter. Really. It was sometimes impassible, not to mention dangerous, with many inexperienced and many inconsiderate drivers coming and going at the same time. Some of the neighbors were even involved in fender-benders with each other because the street became so narrow. The problem? Restricted Time Parking signs that were previously in place were inexplicably removed and it became the only place near the High School and Somerville School to park. ( see added pictures). The new ordinance is actually putting the old ordinance back into effect. I think the person who lives near Grove is very generous, and I hope the 2 teachers will take advantage of his kind offer in September.
Melissa June 10, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Many of us live on busy streets near schools, but we accepted that situation when we bought our houses. I live across the street from a school, and it's busy when school starts and ends, and when there are school events. People park on the street near my house sometimes -- it's a public street! All restrictions like this do is squeeze the problem onto someone else's street. It's possible to be TOO responsive to narrow interests, and that's what this council is sometimes.
Dominick Nizza June 18, 2011 at 06:12 PM
Thanks Laura, for the winter snow photo on this topic. Perhaps, some "Pickle Juice" can be used to defrost some tempers too. I understand pickle juice spray trucks have been used economically.
JV June 19, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Restrict parking to one side of Kenilworth and a major problem is solved without the removal of all parking. Many people seem to forget that they own their property, not the street in front of it. No need to comment on the continued limited thinking of the council...


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