Parking Restrictions and Ordinance Prohibiting Feeding of Feral Cats Highlights of Township Council Meeting
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 • 10:41pm
WEST ORANGE, NJ – The Township Council approved several Resolutions, as well as First and Second Ordinances of interest to West Orange residents at the August 12 Public meeting. The items included the approval of Stop Signs near West Orange High School, restricted parking on Glen View Drive, and a proposed change to prohibit feeding of “stray, feral, and unconfined” cats in the township.
Several residents came out to speak in favor of the Ordinance on Second and Final Reading that would designate a portion of Glen View Drive between Northfield Avenue and Beacon Place as a Restricted Parking Street. With comments from residents saying their street had become a “municipal parking lot for Livingston,” and “cars, including buses and tractor trailers (were) parking on both sides of the street,” residents were at wits’ end dealing with the traffic on Glen View. Also noted was overflow parking from Master Pizza on Northfield. Council President Susan McCartney and the other members of the township council: Patty Spango, Joe Krakoviak, Vic Cirlo, and Jerry Guarino, unanimously passed the ordinance, expressing support to the residents of Glen View Drive.
The intersections of Marshall Street and Phyllis Road and Holmes Street and Phyllis Road will have stop signs installed. Phyllis Road is a cut-through street to West Orange High School off Eagle Rock Avenue, where people bypass Conforti and the traffic light as well as the tricky left hand turn onto Conforti. That ordinance was also unanimously passed.
First reading ordinances regarding parking prohibitions and restrictions on Oak Ridge Road, Hazel Avenue, Cary Street and Rollinson Avenue were also passed, with second and final reading passage to follow at the next council meeting. Residents also expressed support for the proposed ordinances.
In addition to the parking issues raised in First Reading, two other items of import were raised. The first was the requirement of commercial businesses with automatic alarm systems to install a Key Lock Box Emergency Access System that Fire Chief Pete Smeraldo explained would be used by the West Orange Fire Department in the event of emergencies. A Fire Department Connection Indicator light would also be installed.
The second may become an issue for feral cat lovers, with an ordinance revision that would prohibit the feeding of feral and stray cats anywhere in the township. Resolution 2419-14 notes that “the existence of stray, feral and otherwise unconfined wildlife in the Township of West Orange (the “Township”) creates a hazard to the health of Township residents and their pets,” cited figures that between 2010 and 2013, approximately four-hundred and thirty (430) stray cat complaints were filed with the Department of Animal Control and 517 feral cats were impounded. Between January and June of 2014, 68 complaints were registered and 81 stray cats were impounded.
The new ordinance proposes to change the original language of Chapter 4, Section 35.2 which “prohibits the feeding of wildlife, excluding confined wildlife, in any public park or Township-owned property to, “No person shall feed any wildlife, excluding confined wildlife, anywhere within the township.”
To view the first reading ordinance in its entirety, go here.
In other news, the Council unanimously approved the purchase of four Police Interceptor Vehicles and three Ford F-450 Police Vehicles.
To see the full agenda go here.
To view the Town Council meeting online, including council discussions on non-agenda items, go to: http://westorange.org/index.aspx?NID=98. Videos are generally posted on Thursday afternoon following the meeting.