The North Bergen Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance at their July 18 meeting to change parking rules in certain parts of town. The regulations will designate one side of several streets just for residential parking, and will tighten rules about visitor parking.
The ordinance will allow non-residents three courtesy parking hours in the township from 7 a.m. through 10 p.m., seven days a week, unless the street signs say otherwise. However, permits will always be needed to park on North Bergen streets between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., also unless stated otherwise, even for a short time.
Residents will be able to get overnight parking permits from the authority for their non-resident visitors, as they have before.
The authority will introduce a pilot program for alternate side-of-the-street parking on certain streets where residents have requested it. One side will allow only residential permit parking, the other side for residents, other permit holders, and three-hour courtesy parking.
The affected areas include Dell Avenue between 40th and 49th streets, 50th to 54th streets between Kennedy Boulevard and Tonnelle Avenue, and the Woodcliff neighborhood in the town’s northeastern section.
Seventieth Street through 74th west of Tonnelle Avenue will only allow courtesy and residential parking. Seventy-ninth between Bergenline Avenue and JFK Boulevard East will only allow permit parking.
Another adopted ordinance introduces limited commercial permitting, such as business commercial. Certain types of commercial vehicles will be able to park in certain areas.
People can get permits from the Parking Authority office during office hours.
The Parking Authority hopes to begin enforcement by mid-fall.
The township hopes to add new parking lots.
Resident Bronna Levin thanked the board and the Parking Authority for the changes. She asked when the changes will take effect. Parking Authority Director Bob Baselice said the town will put up new signage reflecting the changes through summer, and then do an educational blitz on the municipal website and other avenues.
“You will be notified in advance via any way that we can when we are going to implement the ordinance,” Baselice told Levin.
Levin, who resides on JFK Boulevard East and 79th Street, asked if the town could do more to create parking in general.
Baselice mentioned the town’s efforts to purchase various properties for conversion into municipal parking lots. Officials are working on adding more municipal parking spaces through this year.
So far, the town has purchased at least three lots, according to Town Administrator Chris Pianese. The town has budgeted $500,000 for lot acquisition, and more for improvements afterwards, he said. The town is currently leasing a lot from the state on Liberty Avenue by Westchester Lace & Textiles. It is set to provide over 100 parking spaces.
Other ordinances adopted at the meeting will change traffic and parking controls between Dell and Tonnelle avenues from 40 to 49th streets. These include designating 40th Street from Dell to Tonnelle as one-way eastbound, and prohibiting parking on Dell Avenue from south of 40th Street to the avenue’s termination. That area is very commercial, and the town wants to protect resident spots.
Another ordinance will regulate taxi businesses in town. It will cap the number of taxi business licenses in town at 20. It will also mandate that license applicants disclose if they have a record of certain crimes, and state where they will park their vehicles in town. Town attorney Tom Kobin worked on the ordinance.
Bergenline Avenue improvements
The town plans to beautify Bergenline Avenue from 83rd to 91st street after the commissioners passed a resolution to submit an application to the NJ Department of Transportation to fund the project. It will include decorative lamps, new sidewalks, and better bicycle and pedestrian access.
Remembering a Revolutionary War battle in NB
At the July 18 commissioners’ meeting, they passed a resolution to commemorate the 238th anniversary of the “Battle of the Block House.” The event was the only known military engagement to happen in North Bergen during the Revolutionary War against the British.
On July 21, 1780, the Continental Army, from the original 13 colonies that became the USA, attacked a block house on the Palisades Cliffs. That present day location is near Fredman Park, situated at JFK Boulevard East and 75th Street.
One hundred and thirty eight British Loyalists, colonial Americans who remained loyal to the British Crown, defended the house. The loyalists were successful, but the house sustained so much damage that the British were forced to abandon it a month later.
West New York historian Patrick Cullen was on hand to explain the history of the battle. “I’m very grateful that Mayor Sacco and the Board of Commissioners allowed me to speak,” Cullen said.
As part of the resolution, the town will purchase and install a commemorative plaque at the site where the house once stood.
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