The Maplewood Township Committee voted 3-0 to increase the overnight parking violation penalty to $60, up from $35.
The Ordinance (2877-17) amends Chapter 257 of the Township Code to read: “No vehicles shall be parked on any thoroughfare or any parking lot between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no vehicle shall be parked on Dunnell Road between Oakview Avenue and Baker Street between 2:00 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. The penalty for violation of this Section shall be $60.00 for each and every offense.”
“The code is just catching up with what has been the practice, quite frankly,” Township counsel told the Township Committee members.
Township Committeeman Greg Lembrich asked for a clarification. He asked if the new fee was being adopted in order to be “consistent with other towns,” as opposed to as a response to a “rash of overnight parking” violations.
Mayor DeLuca assured Lembrich that it was the former and that a recommendation had been made to the town during its last budget process to review its fees and fines. “It has taken some months.” said DeLuca, noting that the Township had “to go through the process.”
Committeeman Frank McGehee had one comment to add before the vote: “Assuming this passes,” McGehee said he wanted to be assured that enforcement would be “inclusive of even off-duty police officers from other towns.” McGehee said that this practice had been brought to his attention.
The motion passed 3-0.
[Editor’s Note: Mark Hartwyk, Director of the South Orange Parking Authority, reports that the penalty for an overnight parking violation in South Orange is $60.]