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Reader asks Will the Village Prorate Parking Fees for Tag Holders

” Purchasers of premium parking hang tags allowing for parking in the train station lot should be refunded a portion of their purchase price. I paid for 12 months of parking. Not 8-9 months. This project was surely known about when the tags went on sale in December 2018. Nothing was said to purchasers about this 1/4 year project which materially diminishes the value of a station parking tag (whose purchase price which went from $1000 to $1300 in the space of a year). “

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Construction Starts at Ridgewood Train Station

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Ridgewood NJ, The construction of additional parking spaces has begun at the Ridgewood train station.

Update on train station parking lot construction, work to begin 4/8/19

The train station parking lot construction will begin on April 8, 2019, for the next 3-4 months for renovation and addition of 35 parking spaces.

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Reader says , “The illusion of buying in RW as it is a commuter village is also becoming a tough sell”

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“Right walk or leave early. As a resident who pays ever increasing taxes, over $200 a month to park in a lot for residences some of whom pay $35-55k year in taxes. All to get on a train that cost $300 a month that the commute has increased by at least 30 minutes a day, requires a switch to midtown, and are trouble prone.

The illusion of buying in RW as it is a commuter village is also becoming a tough sell. We bought here as the village used to support commuters and accomdate some of their requirements. All of this is driven by the ever increasing need for more and more fees to feed the out of control spending

Ridiculous planning and leadership”

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Reader says, “Some of us have to get to work by train and have no option other to drive and park at the station”

What are we supposed to do? The lot is typically full before 6:45 am. Residents are just getting kicked around. Some of us have to get to work by train and have no option other to drive and park at the station.

Why didn’t the village preplan this and not issue non resident stickers to reduce the number of cars? There are ways to plan things. Really poor leadership, planning, and just a slap to commuters already stressed by a tough train ride

Unacceptable leadership we need a solution

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Village Updates Ridgewood Train Station Construction Date to April 8th

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Ridgewood NJ, after a bit of confusion the Village Manager
Heather A. Mailander has updated yesterday’s E-Notice on the train station parking lot construction, please be aware of the following:

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UPDATE BREAKING: Construction Will Close 30-40 Parking Spaces at the Ridgewood Train Station Starting Thursday

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Village Manager Heather A. Mailander

Ridgewood NJ, The train station parking lot is being reconfigured to create additional parking spaces.  W have been informed that the construction will begin on Thursday April 4th not Wednesday, April 3, 2019, with 30 to 40 parking spaces, both metered and unmetered, being temporarily unavailable from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.  The construction will last approximately three to four months.  In addition, meters in the train station lot will be replaced with a central parking kiosk to receive payment.  Payment may also be made by Parkmobile.

As a reminder, the premium parking permit (the hang tag which is used in the train station lot) may be used in all parking lots, except the Hudson Street parking lot. The premium parking permit is not valid in the shoppers/diners parking spaces nor is it valid in the Central Business District Employee parking spaces.

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Seasonal Part Time Parking Enforcement Officer for Ridgewood Police Department

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Ridgewood NJ, Seasonal Part Time Parking Enforcement Officer for Ridgewood Police Department.

Part time position, up to 20 hours per week starting at $17.98/hr., will need to work Saturdays. Applications are available at the Police Dept. and on the Police Dept. website. Send resume, cover letter and application to Police Chief Jacqueline Luthcke, Ridgewood Police Dept., 131 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450 by April 28th 2019. The Village of Ridgewood is an EOE and civil service community. All hiring is provisional and subject to Civil Service and residency requirements.

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Ridgewood Needs Real Parking Data to Solve Parking Problems

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Ridgewood NJ, when it come to parking its all about the data . Recently the council has once again moved to reconfigure the parking in the Central Business District .

The Council has altered rates, times , who can park where and for how long. Yet with each change comes a whole new set of problems . We went from too much employee parking to not enough, too little commuter parking to too much back to too little then too much again. Every change seems to present itself with a whole new set of issues .

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“Smart Meters “Are Coming to a Town Near You

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Ridgewood NJ, you think parking is difficult in Central Business District now, just wait. A bill is now before the Senate to make “smart meters”  which are now part of a pilot program in Palisades Park legal throughout the Garden State.

The “smart meters” work by snapping a picture of the license plate and the car after their meter runs out. Weeks later, a ticket is delivered to their front door.”We now can free up traffic officers time to do other stuff like drink coffee talk on their cell phones while driving and visit dunkin donuts ” , just kidding guys . 

Officials say the parking meters will become a tool for law enforcement. With cameras on the back and front, the meters could be able to pull video evidence should something happen on the sidewalk or street. No need to hire up Police and those costly benefit packages .

Palisades Park officials say there’s an increase in parking tickets because of the 30 meters they have installed. 

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Is the Village of Ridgewood Anti Business ?

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Ridgewood NJ, while Ridgewood salon owners and hairdressers complain about the new license fee , saying it’s just too much for their small businesses. Village officials, claim the fee ensures proper safety inspections. Ridgewood’s 45 barbershops, hairdressers, cosmetology parlors and nail salons are all assessed an annual fee , but this is part of a broader effort by the Village to get the central business district to pat for itself .

In years past we have heard complaints from restaurants of century old fees on ice makers .Shops in the Central Business District  have also have been aggressively targeted by a ticket blitz which included tickets for failure to clear sidewalks of snow just hours before the Village had even cleared their own sidewalks and just minutes after Governor Murphy ended the state of emergency . Merchants also complain their cars are even being ticketed for momentarily double parking just to drop something off at their place of business .

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