City Council Meeting – 1/18/2012

Food Truck Ordinance bumped again; parking common sense finally

A relatively light agenda for tonight’s Hoboken City Council Meeting. They bumped the food truck ordinance to the first of February, but one interesting ordinance is up for final vote.

The city is going to claim that they’ve “created 800 new parking spots” by extending the intersection parking for outbound corners (Hoboken411 had this great idea since 2007 – and they’re just getting to it now – slow pokes).

In essence, this is now “800 parking spots people already park in, but now won’t get ticketed.” So it really is a win for residents.

However, this a net-loss of several hundreds of thousands of dollars to the city, as they now have many fewer opportunities to gouge drivers with boots each month. Expect parking tickets to be upped everywhere else in the city by hiring even more parking enforcement officers to watch over everyone like big brother.

Hoboken attempts reinforcing 4 hour time limit before raping you

As it stands now (and mentioned previously here on Hoboken411), the current ordinance for “4 hour parking” is ambiguous and doesn’t specify whether it’s per spot – or per day. That leaves the law open to interpretation – and was the result of of the Fox 5 News investigation last year. Well, the city is looking to make the verbiage more iron-clad, and the proposed changes which are being introduced for first reading tonight are: (new wording underlined)

“Any vehicles parked in a permit parking only zone as defined in this Article without a valid resident permit, visitor permit, temporary permit or business permit will have a four hour grace period per day after which they will be ticketed, booted and/or subsequently towed. For purposes of this Section “day” shall mean from 12:00am to 11:59pm.”

However, the city being as brilliant as we expect them to be – STILL does NOT address the fact that it was proven that the “clock starts ticking” the minute a plate is scanned – and does NOT provide adequate evidence if you were parked in Hoboken for 4 hours or or traveled outside of city borders. Wah Wahhh.

“Knock, knock.”
“Who’s there?”
“Clah Sacsh”
“Clah Sacsh who?
“Class Action Lawsuit Against Hoboken Waiting to Happen!”

Hoboken City Council Meeting of January 18, 2012

Swing back around 7pm if you’d like to see streaming video. Below are the meeting documents for you to see millions that the city is squandering:

Be sure to check back at 7pm for live video stream!

Live Hoboken City Council Meeting: January 18, 2012

Should begin around 7pm.

Enjoy!

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6 Comments on "City Council Meeting – 1/18/2012"

LobstaGirl
Member
LobstaGirl

Does this now mean that they are going to have to repaint the corner lines or will this just be left up to the patrons to “Guess” where the legal parking corner is NOW?

bigman23
Member
bigman23

Plus, bumpouts have to limit accessibility for emergency vehicles. (For actual emergencies, not just eating at Luca Brasi’s).

BklynHobo
Member

15 feet is more than enough on the outbound part of street to allow pedestrians to see.

klaatu
Member
klaatu

The issue isn’t pedestrians seeing, it’s vehicles seeing the pedestrians.[quote comment=”213502″]15 feet is more than enough on the outbound part of street to allow pedestrians to see.[/quote]

klaatu
Member
klaatu

If Hoboken passes an ordinance allowing cars to park within 25 feet of a crosswalk, they’re opening themselves up for lawsuits when pedestrians get hit trying to cross in a crosswalk because a car couldn’t see them.

Bump outs are the real solution. They prevent vehicles from parking in the crosswalk, and give the pedestrians a safer area to cross. If bumpouts were installed in more areas it would eliminate the whole parking confusion all together.

camel2
Member
camel2

Bumpouts are good on two way streets, but unnecessary on the outbound side of a one-way street.[quote comment=”213500″]If Hoboken passes an ordinance allowing cars to park within 25 feet of a crosswalk, they’re opening themselves up for lawsuits when pedestrians get hit trying to cross in a crosswalk because a car couldn’t see them.Bump outs are the real solution. They prevent vehicles from parking in the crosswalk, and give the pedestrians a safer area to cross. If bumpouts were installed in more areas it would eliminate the whole parking confusion all together.[/quote]

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