Should Certain Vehicles Have to Pay to Park at the Little Street Lot in Matawan?
The borough council has been discussing different ways to monetize commercial vehicle parking, as well as some residential parking, at the lot at Little Street and Broad Street.
Parking at the lot on Little Street and Broad Street in Matawan may not remain free for everyone.
The Matawan Borough Council is toying with the idea of implementing a parking ordinance that would require commercial vehicles and certain residential vehicles to purchase a parking permit for the lot. The idea of such an ordinance was discussed during the worshop portion of the council's Oct. 2 meeting.
For commercial vehicles, permit for the parking lot would cost $30 a month per vehicle, or $360 a year, according to Mayor Paul Buccellato. Commercial vehicles would be limited to passenger vehicles and vans, and trucks or trailers would be prohibited. For residential vehicles, who use the lot to park their car instead of parking along Broad Street, a permit would cost $50 a year.
If the ordinance were passed, certain parking spots would be marked by the Department of Works to indicate that they were for permitted vehicles only. Other spots would remain free for patrons of local businesses.
"We're not restricting it, we're not putting any parking meters in but any business that is utilizing [the lot] for the benefit of their business will [pay a fee]," Buccellato said.
Over the last several months, the council has discussed different ways to control the number of commercial vehicles stored there by local businesses, as well as residents who use the lot for extra parking near their home.
Several single family houses along Broad Street lack driveways.
"I think it solves the problem because it gives us the control we need, some extra revenue for that area and allows the residents to know that they can have a spot but it's not really free" said Councilwoman Linda Clifton. "They didn't buy that spot when they bought that home."
Buccellato feels this will help local businesses by ensuring that there is free parking available to their customers.
"A storeowner on Main Street, any of his clients or customers will not be prohibited from utilizing any borough parking lot and will not charged any kind of metering fee or fee to park there," he said. "On the other hand, a business that is utilizing borough property for the benefit of their business, we're looking at charging."
At the end of the discussion, Buccellato asked Pasquale Menna, the borough's attorney, to draft an ordinance for the council to consider at a future meeting.
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