Bloomfield Council Passes Ordinance Prohibiting Overnight Parking for Commercial Vehicles

bernardjoanowchaletThe Bloomfield Council voted unanimously to pass an ordinance on second reading that prohibits commercial vehicles weighing 5,000 lbs. or over from parking on the streets between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The ordinance also prohibits omnibus vehicles, including taxicabs, from parking during those hours; however, these vehicles will be allowed to park up to 2 hours between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. before being considered in violation of the ordinance.

Prior to the vote, resident Leo Sceurman spoke, asking the council if they had put into place any provisions for Bloomfield residents to qualify for overnight parking permits, an issue he had raised at the previous regular council meeting when the ordinance was passed on first reading. Township Attorney Brian Aloia said that he had consulted Community Development Director Glenn Domenick, but that Domenick had not recommended any action. Mayor McCarthy said he would “sit down with Glenn” and talk to him about it, and the ordinance could be amended again later on. The council then voted to approve the ordinance change.

An amendment to the ordinance pertaining to the opening hours of barbershops passed on first reading. The original ordinance called for barbershops to be open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and be closed on Sundays and certain holidays. The amendment extends opening hours on weekdays to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and allows the shops to be open on Sundays and holidays. Barbershops will be allowed to be open until 9 p.m. on weekend evenings.

Mayor McCarthy voted against the amendment, saying it is not supportive to business. After the meeting, he explained he felt it was wrong for barbershops, unlike other businesses, including beauty salons, to have regulations on their hours at all. He said the regulations are based on unwarranted perceptions about barbershops being “hangouts.”

In other business, the council passed a resolution appointing current township employee and Bloomfield resident, Rosemary Brown, to the position of Clerk in the Community Development Department. An appointment for a Confidential Aide that had been on the agenda was deferred.

The next Bloomfield council meeting will be a conference meeting to be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2013, in the Mayor’s conference room on the second floor of the Law Enforcement Building.

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