The Board of Commissioners took another step to improve North Bergen’s parking situation at their Aug. 15 meeting, passing a resolution authorizing the Parking Authority to operate and manage a 10-space municipal lot in front of the former Westchester Lace company at 3901 Liberty Ave.
Westchester Lace’s owners struck a deal with the township, for the company to allow the town to let local residents use the spots. The town hopes to start work on the lot in the next couple of weeks, putting up parking stripes and placing signage. Residents must contact the Parking Authority to get on a list to use the lot, according to Town Administrator Chris Pianese. Contact them at (201) 869-6200 for more information.
Since last year, the town has worked on acquiring property to convert into parking lots. One property purchased last year at 600 Liberty Ave. will provide around 20 parking spots, according to Pianese. In total, the town is working on adding more than 100 parking spaces for residents over the next year.
New stop sign for troubled intersection
The council also introduced an ordinance at the meeting to install a stop sign at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Jane Street, on Grand Avenue facing southbound traffic.
“There were complaints from the residents, and the traffic department went and did an analysis and agreed,” Pianese said.
The final hearing for the ordinance will be held on Sep. 12.
Ten new parking spots are coming for North Bergen residents in the near future, after commissioners passed a resolution for the space on Aug. 15.
Street paving contract awarded
The township is about to begin several street paving improvement projects. A resolution adopted at the meeting will award a $789,683 contract to D & L Paving Contractors for the work. The streets to be paved include Woodcliffe Avenue from Palisades to Hamilton avenues, 76th Street from JFK Boulevard to Bergenline Avenue, Broadway from 76th to 79th Street, Bergenwood Avenue from 46th to 45th Street, and 45th Street from JFK Boulevard to Smith Avenue.
New EMS ambulance
After the meeting, the North Bergen Emergency Medical Services displayed their newest ambulance outside Town Hall. The new rig, which cost $137,000 from the town’s capital funds, is a replacement for the oldest vehicle in the EMS’s five vehicle fleet. It is a four-wheel drive, better suited for rougher terrain and North Bergen’s notorious hills. Since the town took over Guttenberg’s EMS services this year, the ambulance will also help them deal with the added workload from their residents.
With the addition, the fleet now has two 2018 ambulances, one from 2016, another from 2015, and one from 2008 – the latter they hope to replace by next year, according to EMS Deputy Chief Dave Prina. He approached Pianese with a request for a new ambulance last year.
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