Council Approves Parking Changes by Schools
Saturday, August 17, 2013 • 12:35am
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - When the school-year begins, the parking by several schools will change in an effort to improve safety near the elementary schools and address resident complaints near the high school.
On Monday, the Borough Council unanimously approved over 30 changes to the town’s parking regulations. The move comes after residents near the high school repeatedly complained about students littering on their properties and loitering before and after school.
The problems first surfaced after the high school started random drug testing several years ago for students who park in the school lot. Students who refused to participate in the program were told they could not park on school property. That led many to park on nearby streets, like Ritter Avenue, Triangle Place, Spring Street, Lane Avenue, and Merchants Avenue. The new rules ban parking from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on parts of these streets, plus several others.
Parking rules will also change by three other schools, where traffic-safety improvements are the motivation. By Kennedy School, parents may only park on the side of Norwood Avenue opposite the school now, which forces students to cross the road to get to class. When the new regulations go into effect, parents will be able to park on the same side of the road as the school, and parking will be banned on the opposite side, along with several side streets.
Similar changes will go into effect near Roosevelt School, where parking will be eliminated on parts of Garibaldi Avenue, and near the Middle School, where parking rules will change near the intersection of Geary Drive and Plainfield Avenue.
According to borough officials, signs will be added to show where parking is prohibited. The proposed changes came after the borough’s police department and traffic-safety advisory committee studied safety near all the borough’s schools. Final passage of the ordnance is scheduled for the council’s next meeting.