Ordinance 2534: Purple Heart/Combat Wounded Parking

A proposed law that will provide three (3) parking spaces reserved for Purple Heart recipients and combat-wounded veterans will be considered at the June 21st Mayor & Council meeting.

The three parking lots that will reserve one space each will be at:

  • Borough Hall
  • Michael Mauri Park
  • Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library

The bill was brought to the governing body by Third Ward Councilman William Fahoury and was presented to the library board for their review. This was not necessary as the parking lot and the grounds of the library are under the municipality while the inisde of the building is under the direction and responsibility of the library director and board of trustees.

The ordinance will require those who park in any of the three spaces to have either an “official state license plate” or special Roselle Park issued identification sticker or placard. New Jersey has license plates for disabled veterans and Purple Heart receipients. If the municipality issues its sitcker or placard, the applicant will have to present documents as required by the borough clerk with an up-to seven-day review period. It is not specified what those documents will be for the municipality but for the state, a DD-214 (or DD-215 if applicable) along with the Award of Disability letter from the Veteran’s Administration is required for a disabled veterans plate. A DD-214 (or DD-215) showing Purple Heart Recipient status or the citation/General Order for the Purple Heart is required for a New Jersey Purple Heart license plate or placard.

Any vehicle cited for parking in those spaces with neither a state or Roselle Park issued demarkation will be fined up to $250 every time and the driver/owner would face up to 90 days of community service.

These spaces are in addition to pre-existing New Jersey law NJSA 39:4-207.10 which offers free parking for up to 24 hours to disabled veterans and Purple Heart recipients at any municipal parking meter – be it in a parking lot or on the street. This state law was approved in 2016.

The public hearing and vote by the governing body will be part of Thursday night’s 7 p.m. municipal meeting in council chambers located at 110 East Westfield Avenue.

A copy of Ordinance 2534 is included below:

Download RP Ordinance 2534