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Council Approves More Metered Parking

Program will test out meters and new signage on selected streets.

Residents could soon find more metered parking on some streets in the city’s northwest section, but those who have permits won't have to pay.

Meters will be installed between 15th and 16th streets on the east sides of Clinton, Grand, Adams and Jefferson streets, and on both sides of 15th Street between Madison Street and Willow Avenue.

The start date for the pilot program, which as approved by the City Council on Wednesday night, has not yet been determined. It will last at least 180 days, according to Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs.

The pilot program will also change the signage on the street, from the familiar green and white signs that read, respectively, “residential permit parking only" and "all others four hours."

The new signs will read “permit parking only, all others pay at meter."

Sacs says the current that language has caused some confusion.

“What we are doing here is we’re testing a possible solution, after a lot of deliberation, and we’ll see how it goes," he said.

While visitors without a temporary permit will have to pay at the meter, residents with parking permits will not need to pay at the meter.

"That's what differentiates from the way we have used meters in the city so far," said Councilman David Mello. He added that if the pilot program is a success, the same policy could be applied to other streets in Hoboken.

Sacs said the meters will still allow for four-hour parking for visitors at the cost of $.25 per 15 minutes. Like the multispace parking meters in other parts of the city, the meters for this program will take coins and credit cards. Sacs said the parking utility is also close to offering a type of debit card for parking.

Councilman Tim Occhipinti, who voted against the program, said he is concerned that more metered parking will deter visitors from coming to Hoboken.

“It’s pretty clear that they know that they get four hours of free parking,” he said. He added that he is concerned about businesses near the streets specified in the program. , at 15th and Grand streets, is one business that is now surrounded by free street parking but could be affected.

Visitors can also get a visitor parking permit at City Hall for $5 a day.

“You come to Hoboken because you want to enjoy the atmosphere in Hoboken,” Sacs said.

Councilman Michael Russo said he not only supports the program but would also support metering the entire city.

“I think in the long run, it actually reduces a lot of confusion, it reduces a lot of staffing down at the parking utility,” Russo said. He said it also offers a protection for residents because they can park where they’d like without having to worry about paying a meter.

“I think this is going to move the city forward," he said.

Councilwoman Theresa Castellano said she would not support metering the entire city.

Hoboken Answer April 23, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Residents are going to be able to order $5 visitor permits online shortly. That plan is being rolled out and should go live soon based on comments by Director Sacs at the last City Council meeting. That permit will not be limited to 4 hours.
Richard England April 23, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Isn't it a New Jersey State law that after two hours of parking at a meter the vehicle must be moved from the spot?
KenOn10 April 23, 2012 at 07:07 PM
here i make a point about how the Zimmer administration SUPPORTED the local businesses at the expense of citizens (who have fewer dining choices) and you somehow think i'm an old guard stooge? Answer, you might want to consult a doctor about your wildly jerking knee. I will likely vote to re-elect Zimmer as her administration has done a number of good things. But, meaningful tax relief is not one of them.
Hobbs April 23, 2012 at 07:28 PM
LOL ! So it's a members onlt secret Chamber of Commerce. I guess that must really brings the customers running in !
p1ywood April 23, 2012 at 07:30 PM
To Mr Mayerowitz: have the person you are visiting get you scratch-off visitor permits at 94 Washington Street in the basement. The customer windows are open until 9PM. Anyone with a valid driver's license with a Hoboken address can get up to seven scratch off hang tags at a time, they are $5 each and good for the entire day. They can return to the window in a few days and get another seven if you like. Or, of course, park in a garage, or stay less than four hours. It's really not that convoluted once you understand the rules and the ins and outs. As well, there is an online process in the works too.
Scott M. Siegel April 23, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Your son/daughter can buy you a visitor pass for $5.
Hoboken Answer April 23, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Don't agree with the idea of dining choices being limited by City Hall. Silly. The mayor's being undermined by the usual suspects on taxes. What she's been able to do in lowering spending is clearly on the record and she's lowered taxes and cut spending significantly. The $4.5 million flushed down the toilet because four people on the City Council feel it's more important to harm the mayor and Hoboken than do the basic, decent thing. Take a guess where this year's tax cut went? Down the toilet courtesy of the Old Guard's Mike Russo, Beth Mason, Tim Occhipinti and Terry Castellano. They did it intentionally for no reason other than spite. That was their consultation prize for failing on their plan to kill the hospital sale.
Hoboken1653 April 23, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I just checked the business directory on the Chamber of Commerce site and it only lists a few businesses. Someone alert Franz Paetzold. A strongly worded letter will need to be written tot he Hoboken Reporter. This will not stand!!!!
Tom Troncone (Editor) April 23, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Just to show folks that we're not the least bit kidding about ratcheting down the vitriol on these boards, HobokenBiz has been suspended for the "typical lesbian" comment. That has no place here. It's the third suspension we've had to make in four days.
Paul Mayerowitz April 23, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Been using them with no problem. I just wanted to make sure that this new approach to resolving the parking issue does not forget us. thanks
KenOn10 April 23, 2012 at 08:43 PM
The scratch-offs are handy and reasonably priced. I'd like to see them explicitly state that they are valid till 8 am (or whatever) the next morning. An HPU clerk told me our overnight guests "probably wouldn't get a ticket", but that isn't very reassuring.
Hobbs April 23, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Good call.Tom. :-) Is that suspension for his/her IP address or just the screen name ?
CaptJackd April 23, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Second to KenOn10's recommendation.
rtrux April 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM
am i still allowed to post here? two comments from last night aren't here, hmm...
Enough April 24, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Thank you, Scott Siegel. You have now confirmed for me that the only people who have seen a significant tax reduction are those who have filed for tax appeals. I would not call that just "uneven," I would call it misleading and unfair to the average taxpayer.
Scott M. Siegel April 24, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Enough the mayor and council cannot do anything with individual taxpayers under any circumstance. Al the can do is lower the overall levy which they have done for 4 consecutive time frames. They have also completed the reval process which is now in the state's hands. Hopefully that will help your particular tax situation. If not it's just the way the cards are dealt.
Hoboken1653 April 24, 2012 at 02:33 PM
What is the next step for the Reval? When you say the city has completed the process, what do you mean?
CaptJackd April 24, 2012 at 02:44 PM
There is no NJ statute that defines parking meter limits--that is done at the municipal level.
Redrider765 April 24, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Bring it up at a CC meeting. Makes sense that the scratch of permits should expire at a reasonable hour in the morning instead of the middle of the night. I suspect if you bring it up, you can get the CC to consider changing that and making it the law.
Hobbs April 24, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Obviously you can ;-) I think when HobokenBiz went out of control and got suspended your posts may have been attached.
Scott M. Siegel April 24, 2012 at 03:08 PM
The state needs to review and approve it. I have no idea how long that will take.
CaptJackd April 24, 2012 at 03:08 PM
@HobokenOwl--that approach must require a good deal of faith and trust (or something).. what is the penalty? a ticket or a boot or a tow?
Journey April 24, 2012 at 04:46 PM
It has never been clear to me when the scratch off hang tags would need to be replaced. Normally when my family visits they grab one in the evening, then in the late morning we pile in the car and do something fun. We have never stress over replacing the hang tag until the evening, and have yet to get a ticket. We got one once but that was for street cleaning or being on the resident side of the street.
HobokenReformer April 24, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Scott, what exactly do you mean with "they completed the reval process"? To my knowledge, nobody re-assessed the building I live in. Also, I remember from a discussion with the Mayor a few months ago that the reval hasn't even really started yet since some state approval has not been granted yet.
Scott M. Siegel April 24, 2012 at 09:11 PM
BA Arch Liston was asked about the progress of the reval. He stated that Hoboken had completed it and forwarded it to the state for review and approval. Not every unit is surveyed. Like units are grandfathered in.
Scott M. Siegel April 24, 2012 at 09:15 PM
It came up during a budget hearing.
Jabberwock April 25, 2012 at 02:30 PM
If I could wager a guess here, I think the process of re-mapping the town might be completed. That is phase 1. The second phase would be to higher a firm to "do" the reval. This would come before the council in a resolution, and we would ALL remember seeing that. It hasn't happened yet. The 3rd phase is for the firm that is hired to assess the properties in town. I believe that it is true that not every property will be surveyed/re-assessed, but if the city wants the reval done right, they will insist that a certain percentage are directly inspected to protect themselves from the packed city hall chambers during election season with citizen comments about how come the reval says they have a garage, central air, and other upgrades that raised the value of their property (and their taxes.) That process takes months and probably won't be completed until after the election. (just a guess.)
DarylJ April 25, 2012 at 04:53 PM
dumb idea, more metered spots mean less residential spots and while residents can park in these meters with permits what happens on fri sat nights when people come to town and park in these, where am i going to park now?
CaptJackd April 25, 2012 at 05:42 PM
It's just on the 4-hour visitor side; bringing the price in line with washington st is a plus (hopefully results in fewer visitors hunting for parking in the residential area as their first choice)..
green April 26, 2012 at 02:31 PM
This will remove a lot of confusion with which side of the street visitors can park on. They should expand this program to the areas surrounding the hospital, as well. My question, though, is that if someone parks in one of these spaces without putting money in the meter, or their meter expires, do they get a boot, or an expired meter ticket? The expired meter ticket might be cheaper than just paying for a garage so some visitors might opt for that.

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