Monday, January 7, 2013
Last month's township vote met with opposition from at least one resident and former business owner. Do you think the Township Committee made the right call?
The new parking rules in Maplewood Village, which the Maplewood Township Committee unanimously voted to adopt at its Dec. 18 meeting, are in effect. However, no tickets will be given until the township changes the parking signs, said Mayor Vic DeLuca on Monday. One resident who has been strongly opposed to the changes is John Harvey, former owner of Freeman's Fish Market on Maplewood Avenue. Harvey even conducted his own survey on the issue. In the public comment portion of the December meeting, Harvey questioned the committee about what problem they were trying to solve and whether this proposal would solve it. "One simple question: why?" Harvey asked. "Is this simply change for change's sake?" Harvey argued that by eliminating one…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Recap of Township Committee's final meeting of 2012.
Tuesday night's meeting of the Maplewood Township Committee, the last of 2012, featured a packed agenda. Here is a brief recap of some of the key votes and discussion items:
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Tonight's meeting features a couple of hot button issues.
The Maplewood Township Committee will vote on a parking resolution and discuss the pilot chicken raising program at Tuesday's meeting, at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. The agenda can be found here. The committee will vote on a resolution to change parking rules in Maplewood Village, a move that has attracted some controversy. Also on the agenda is a discussion of Maplewood's pilot chicken raising program, which is coming to a close. As part of the Board of Health meeting, the committee will discuss making the program permanent. The public is invited to comment. Finally, the committee will discuss 2013 appointments, including the offices of Mayor and Deputy Mayor as well as board and committee assignments.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
MVA president explains the organization's role in proposed changes to parking in village.
On Tuesday, the Maplewood Township Committee (TC) voted to introduce an ordinance to change some of the parking rules in Maplewood Village. In short, the ordinance would change all of Maplewood Avenue from 1-hour to 2-hour parking, and would also increase parking times in some lots. The full list of suggested changes can be read here. If the TC approves the resolution at its Dec. 18 meeting after a public hearing, it will take effect sometime in January of 2013. The proposal has attracted controversy, with some commenters asking whether the changes will in fact address the town's parking issues and will have a positive or a negative effect on business traffic for merchants in the Village. John Harvey, former owner of Freeman's Fish …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Proposed ordinance would standardize parking rules in the Village and increase many parking time limits.
Editor's Note: The article has been updated with several clarifications and changes. The Maplewood Township Committee (TC) will introduce an ordinance on Tuesday to standardize and in many cases increase parking times in Maplewood Village, according to a proposal released by the township attorney and clarified by Mayor Vic DeLuca. The ordinance would address what is currently a mixed bag of parking rules throughout downtown, ranging from one-hour parking spaces on Maplewood Avenue to two-, three- and in some cases four-hour parking in parking lots. The changes would allow for longer parking times at more spaces in town. For instance, the following would increase from 1- to 2-hour parking: Maplewood Avenue, part of Baker Street, the …