Village of Ridgewood Curbside Ordinance Proposal
At last night’s Council meeting, we introduced the basic ordinance for curbside pick-up, Ord. 3805, along with the ordinance that sets the fee at $100 per week, Ord. 3807. I attach them both here together
with the maps that Chief Luthcke and Sgt. Chuck drew up to show where the reserved spots could potentially be. In rough outline, businesses can join together with residents to underwrite a full day spot(s), pay
for 6 days, but the spot(s) would be reserved for 7 days as Grab & Go 15-minute parking that would be free to customers in cars. An occupant would have to remain in the vehicle, and idling would be limited to no
more than 3 minutes. Kathryn Schmidt and Paul Vagianos called in to stress the need for flexibility, to say that the program must be affordable, and that a half-day program would be more workable. Chief
Luthcke commented that requiring people to stay in the car excludes certain people unnecessarily. Mayor Knudsen said the CBD functions all day; therefore, to accommodate residents at risk for COVID-19, the reserved spots should be all day. Councilman Sedon said he would favor 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., but for now we should get this done. I also stated my support for passing these ordinances and amending them later if necessary, noting that 15-minute meters shouldn’t be moved.
The formal public hearing on these ordinances will be at the August 5 Council meeting. Anyone may formally comment on the proposed ordinances that evening right before the Council votes. Informally,
people can also e-mail their thoughts/suggestions to Councilmembers anytime between now and then. If Council passes these ordinances, they will go into effect on August 25. Note, no substantive changes can be
made to the introduced ordinance. Once it passes, however, the Council can entertain amendments. Based on the discussion, there also seemed to be willingness to have signage acknowledging the sponsors. My
understanding is that that can be addressed by resolution (faster) than by ordinance.