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RHS Parking Fees Could Increase at Nearby Church

School board to vote on increasing the contract that allows students to park at First Presbyterian Church by $1,000.

students fortunate enough to win the lottery and park across the street at might pay a little extra this year.

The school board on Monday could be approving an agreement to have students park at 71 vehicles in the First Presbyterian lot Monday through Friday during the school year. The contract has increased $1,000 to a total of $37,000 for the 2012-2013 school year; students pay for the spots, about $500 per spot.

The figures for 2012-2013 add up to about $520 per person should the board vote to approve the resolution.

John Hahn September 10, 2012 at 08:28 PM
$2.88 a day is a BARGAIN.
Bergen Watcher September 10, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Not for a HS student it isn't....I don't care what town you live in.
John Hahn September 10, 2012 at 09:13 PM
If you can afford a car (+ gas + insurance) to drive to HS and park on private property then you can afford to pay $2.88 to park a block from school.
JAFO September 10, 2012 at 09:49 PM
We're talking about Ridgewood - daddy will pay for it.
Ridgewooder September 10, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Agreed.
Dan Johnson September 11, 2012 at 01:28 AM
But wait. The church needs the space only on Sundays. The money is found income for them. So how can they be even more greedy and raise it even more? They pay no taxes. Maybe they should not charge anything at all.
John Hahn September 11, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Dan Johnson: church parking lots are busy all week. West Side Presby on Monroe is the 'unofficial' parking lot for GW MS. I am not sure if the BOE pays anything for these very convenient parking spaces. I know we pay at least $800 to have that lot plowed. I am sure 1st Presby. does the same. It is the church's property. Perhaps they should pay income tax on the income from the revenue.
jp1 September 11, 2012 at 12:26 PM
With todays cost then maybe the high school student should not dive his or her car to school. Why not try walking?
Laurie Goodman September 11, 2012 at 01:36 PM
The Ridgewood BOE does pay West Side for the use of the parking lot, for both daytime and evening use. In contrast, the First Pres lot is not "busy all week" and there is no reason for it to be...there are not the same types of events held at the church and no nearby facility such as the Women's Club. @jp1 walking from the far west side or far east side (across 17) is not practical.
jp1 September 11, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I agree walking from the east side over 17 is not practical and anyone over two miles can take a school bus but a great majority can and are able to walk they are just lazy.
Bergen Watcher September 15, 2012 at 11:14 AM
jp: Do you walk everywhere you need to go that's under 2 miles? The "lazy" comment was illinformed and uncalled for.
jp1 September 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I usually walk any where from two to five miles at least four times a week. Lazy is a good term.
Bergen Watcher September 15, 2012 at 01:21 PM
jp: answer the question

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