Ordinance 2452 was passed at last Thursday night’s Mayor & Council meeting. The ordinance changed allowable parking hours on one section of Jerome Street but did not address the section between West Webster and Beechwood Avenues.
This omission will now allow vehicles to park on Jerome Street on that one block Monday through Friday during the day when previously parking was restricted from 9 a.m. till 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. It is not certain if the residents on the 500 block of Jerome are fully aware that their parking situation will be impacted during the week since those signs will now have to come down.
There is also now confusion as to why a section of Roselle Park Borough Code 7-14 was repeated in the ordinance and, thereby, in Borough Code 7-15.
Section 7-14 deals with parking prohibitions at all times on certain streets. That section prohibits parking on the entire length of Jerome Street at all times. Section 7-15 regulates parking during certain hours but in Ordinance 2452 and – thereby again – in section 7-15, parking will be prohibited at all hours on the entire length of Jerome Street. This was apparently done to, in effect, remove the allowance of parking on the west side of Jerome on Ordinance 2450. This ordinance itself was tabled and remains unresolved since it was neither voted on nor rescinded.
To add to the confusion, section 7-15 prohibited parking on the 500 block of Jerome from 1 a.m. till 4 a.m. but no signs referring to such a regulation were on the east side of Jerome between West Webster and Beechwood. On top of that, the east side of that block has permit parking that restricts parking from 2 a.m. till 6 a.m. except for those who have applied for and received permits from the municipality. Even though that section (7-17.2) states that it shall be considered an exception to the provisions of Section 7-15, technically no cars are supposed to be parked on the east side of Jerome from 1 a.m. till 2 a.m., when the permit parking takes effect.
Whether council will address this or any other instances of contradictory or confusion parking regulations by conducting a review of borough parking laws has still yet to be determined.