JUNE 6, 2015 LAST UPDATED: SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2015, 10:20 AM
BY ANDREW SEGEDIN
STAFF WRITER |
THE MONTCLAIR TIMES
Montclair is preparing to crack down on violators of its overnight parking restrictions.
During 1st Ward Township Councilman Bill Hurlock’s May 28 ward meeting, a resident living in the vicinity of Montclair State University spoke of the high number of vehicles that park on College Avenue. While the Montclair Parking Utility regularly tickets vehicles during the day, the cars, most owned by students, accumulate on the avenue at night, the resident said.
The resident said she did not want to call police nightly to have vehicles ticketed.
Sgt. Tyrone Williams of Montclair’s Community Policing Unit told the woman she can call the department if she sees fit, but added that the Parking Utility has introduced a night crew to enforce municipal parking ordinances after business hours. There are crews operating two or three nights per week, Williams said.
The busiest time of the day for MPD officers tends to be between 3 p.m. and midnight, according to Williams, during which parking enforcement becomes less of a priority for the police.
If residents should need assistance, the Community Policing Unit can be reached at 973-509-4775, according to Williams. The MPD non-emergency line is 973-744-1234.
Hurlock urged residents to reach out to the police with issues because, under Montclair’s form of government, council members are prohibited from directing Montclair law enforcement to do anything.
While Williams and Officer Frederick Cook, also of the Community Policing Unit, were before the crowd, another resident raised her hand to compliment the department for the performance of the township’s crossing guards this past winter. The guards remained in place no matter the conditions, the resident said.