New Parking Restrictions to be Reconsidered

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Franklin Street Residents have been protesting against the newly imposed parking restrictions since June, when new street signs were posted. The signs limit parking to residential permit holders on Willard Street and Kilmer Court, a cul-de-sac, between the hours of 2 to 5 a.m. The parking department confirmed that as it stands, Franklin street residents are not eligible for the permit.

The residents claim that this restriction would devalue Franklin street properties. The protesters demand that the restrictions be lifted because they eliminate overnight parking.

In a Township Council meeting two weeks ago, Mayor Michael Venezia refused to say whether he was willing to lift the restrictions or agree to a compromise. The Mayor did indicate that the new restrictions had been put in place to alleviate the parking problem on Willis Street and Kilmer Court.

Nevertheless, numerous angry emails were sent to The Essex Times, reflecting the residents’ frustration.

“What am I going to do between two and five a.m.?” asks one resident, “why do I need to move my car?”

“They are not cleaning the street at those times”, writes another resident, “we should be able to park there all night”.

“This will impact our property value”, says a third resident, “they should have thought about it beforehand”.

Nevertheless, a source in the town tells The Essex Times that the town Council is considering reversing the restrictions. "Several options are being considered in light of the continued protest, and we expect a solution by next month", says the source.

The Essex Times will keep following this story.

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