Borough of Ramsey, NJ
Bergen County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
GENERAL REFERENCES
Traffic — See Ch. 7.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 17.
[Ord. No. 22-2001]
As used in this chapter:
BOROUGH EMPLOYEES
Any person who is employed by the Borough of Ramsey and present at Borough Hall in furtherance of their employment. This term shall also refer to elected officials, appointed officials and volunteers holding an office or position established by New Jersey statute or ordinance, provided such persons are present at Borough Hall in furtherance of the duties of their office or position.
OPERATOR
A person who is in actual physical control of a vehicle or who causes a vehicle to be operated, whether the owner thereof or his agent, employee, licensee or invitee.
OWNER
A person who holds the legal title of a vehicle or in whose name a vehicle is currently registered or was last registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles of the State of New Jersey.
PARKING ENFORCEMENT ATTENDANT
A person or persons employed by the Borough to enforce the provisions of this chapter and to collect all fees from parking meters.
PARKING METER
Any mechanical device or meter placed or erected for the regulation of parking by authority of this chapter.
PARKING METER SPACE
Any space within a parking meter zone which is duly designated for the parking of a single vehicle, by lines painted or otherwise durably marked on the surface of the pavement.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
RESIDENT STICKER
A sticker issued by the Clerk of the Borough available to residents of the Borough of Ramsey, for use wherever entrance to or use of any Borough facility is limited to motor vehicles operated by residents of the Borough.
VEHICLE
Every device in, upon or by which a person or property is or may be transported upon a highway, except devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
[Ord. No. 22-2001]
The tracts and parcels of land owned, leased, used by easement or licensed by the Borough situated, lying and being in the Borough of Ramsey, County of Bergen, and State of New Jersey, hereinafter particularly described, are hereby dedicated as municipal parking lots:
a. 
The area commonly referred to as the "Erie Plaza Train Station" which area is located on the west side of New Jersey Transit railroad tracks and which area is accessed from Main Street and Maple Street. For the purposes of this chapter, this lot shall henceforth be referred to as "Lot A."
b. 
The area commonly referred to as the "New Jersey Transit Mechanic Street Train Station Parking Lot" which area is located on the east side of the New Jersey Transit railroad tracks and which is accessed from Mechanic Street and Prospect Street. For the purposes of this chapter, this lot shall henceforth be referred to as "Lot B."
c. 
The area commonly referred to as the "Borough Mechanic Street Train Station Parking Lot" which area is located on the east side of the New Jersey Transit railroad tracks and which is accessed from Mechanic Street and Prospect Street. For the purposes of this chapter, this lot shall henceforth be referred to as "Lot C."
d. 
The area commonly referred to as the "Federal Parking Lot" which area is located on the west side of the New Jersey Transit railroad tracks and which is accessed from North Central Avenue. For the purposes of this chapter, this lot shall henceforth be referred to as "Lot D."
e. 
The area commonly referred to as the "Municipal Building Parking Lot" which area is located to the rear of the Municipal Building and which is accessed from Shuart Lane. For the purposes of this chapter, this lot shall henceforth be referred to as "Lot E."
f. 
The area commonly referred to as the "Fire Department, Rescue Squad, Ambulance Corps Parking Lots" which areas are located off of South Island Avenue and Prospect Street and which are accessed from South Island Avenue and Prospect Street. For the purposes of this chapter, this lot shall henceforth be referred to as "Lot F."
g. 
The area commonly referred to as the "Borough Garage West Side Parking Lot" which area is located on the west side of the New Jersey Transit railroad tracks and which is accessed from Main Street and Maple Street. For the purposes of this chapter, this lot shall henceforth be referred to as "Lot G."
h. 
The area commonly referred to as the "Borough Police Station Parking Lot" which area is located at the corner of North Central Avenue and School Street and which is accessed from School Street. For the purposes of this chapter this lot shall henceforth be referred to as "Lot H."
i. 
The area commonly referred to as the "September 11 Memorial Lot," which area is located on the west side of Gertzen Plaza 525 feet from its intersection with North Central Avenue and which is accessed from Gertzen Plaza. For the purpose of this chapter, this lot shall henceforth be referred to as "Lot I."
[Added 10-10-2012 by Ord. No. 20-2012]
[Ord. No. 22-2001; Ord. No. 35-2002 § 1; Ord. No. 26-2005 § 2]
a. 
Mechanic Street on the west side from a point 20 feet south of the northerly driveway of the westside commuter lot to a point 58 feet south and on the west side from a point 90 feet south of the southerly driveway of the westside commuter lot to the entrance to Spruce Run.
For the purposes of this chapter, this parking area shall be henceforth referred to as "On-Street Parking Area 1."
b. 
Prospect Street on the north side from a point 138 feet west of the northwest curbline of South Spruce Street to Mechanic Street, and on the north side from a point 50 feet east of the northeast curbline of South Spruce Street for a distance of 40 feet east.
Prospect Street on the north side from a point directly opposite the westerly corner of the intersection with Canterbury Drive to a point 90 feet east of the northeast curbline of South Spruce Street except for areas designated by appropriate markings as no parking areas.
Prospect Street on the south side, from South Spruce Street to Mechanic Street.
For the purpose of this chapter, this parking area shall be henceforth referred to as "On Street Parking Area 2."
c. 
South Spruce Street on the south side from a point 62 feet east of the southeast curbline of Mechanic Street to South Spruce Street, and on the west side from a point 25 feet south of the southwest curbline of Prospect Street in a southerly direction to Spruce Run and on the west side from a point 152 feet south of the southwest curbline of East Main Street in a southerly direction to Prospect Street.
For the purposes of this chapter, this parking area shall be henceforth referred to as "On-Street Parking Area 3."
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, parking without a resident sticker shall be allowed on the west side of South Spruce Street between Prospect Street and East Main Street after 10:00 a.m. for a period not to exceed two hours.
[Ord. No. 22-2001; Ord. No. 16-2005 § I; Ord. No. 26-2005 § 3]
a. 
With regard to Lot A, parking is permitted only by Ramsey residents possessing and displaying a current resident sticker. This regulation, however, shall not apply to the parking of vehicles on Saturdays and Sundays. Notwithstanding the aforementioned, only patrons of the commercial establishments facing the train station may park in the parking spaces designated for patron parking for a period not exceeding one hour.
b. 
With regard to Lot B, parking is permitted by any person subject to payment of the applicable parking meter fee. This regulation, however, shall not apply to the parking of vehicles on Saturdays and Sundays.
c. 
With regard to Lot C, parking is permitted only by Ramsey residents possessing and displaying a current resident sticker. This regulation, however, shall not apply to the parking of vehicles on Saturdays and Sundays.
d. 
Lot D.
1. 
With regard to Lot D, parking is permitted only by Ramsey residents possessing and displaying a current resident sticker. This regulation, however, shall not apply to the parking of vehicles on Saturdays and Sundays.
2. 
Notwithstanding Subsection 8-3.1d1 above, the Borough Administrator shall designate up to 87 parking spaces for use by Borough employees and persons conducting businesses within the Borough Municipal Building in Lot D.
3. 
Notwithstanding Subsection 8-3.1d1 and 2 above, the Borough Administrator shall designate up to 50 parking spaces for use as four-hour-limit shoppers' parking between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday in Lot D.
[Added 2-14-2007 by Ord. No. 4-2007; amended 11-23-2009 by Ord. No. 24-2009]
e. 
With regard to Lot E, parking is permitted only by Borough employees and persons conducting businesses within the Borough Municipal Building. This regulation, however, shall not apply to the parking of vehicles on Saturdays and Sundays.
f. 
With regard to Lot F, parking is permitted at the following locations only by persons on Fire Department, Rescue Squad or Ambulance Corps business and vehicles parked in such locations shall display a current Borough of Ramsey identification sticker issued by the Borough Clerk or municipal government license plate:
1. 
On the curb adjacent to Fire Headquarters from a point 16 feet west of the westerly curbline of South Island Avenue to a point 91 feet westerly thereof;
2. 
On the curb 84 feet north of the northerly side of Fire Headquarters and 12 feet west of the westerly curbline of South Island Avenue to a point 105 feet westerly thereof;
3. 
At the Rescue Squad Building 48 feet from the westerly curbline of South Island Avenue westerly 110 feet along the southerly side of the Rescue Squad Building;
4. 
At the Rescue Squad Building 18 feet from the northerly curbline of Prospect Street northerly 126 feet to the southerly side of the Rescue Squad Building;
5. 
At the Rescue Squad Building at its southern entrance/exit driveway from the westerly curbline of South Island Avenue westerly 117 feet to the northwest corner of the Ambulance Corps building for a width of 75 feet;
6. 
At the Ambulance Corps Building six feet from the northerly curbline of Prospect Street northerly 81 feet to the northerly side of the Ambulance Corps Building;
7. 
At the front of the Ambulance Corps Building entrance from a point six feet north of the northerly curbline of Prospect Street for a width of 25 feet.
g. 
With regard to Lot G, parking is permitted only by Borough employees and persons conducting business within the westside Borough garage building.
h. 
With regard to Lot H, parking is permitted only by Borough employees and persons conducting business within the Borough Police Station.
i. 
Notwithstanding Subsections 8-3.1a, 8-3.1c, and 8-3.1d above, the following provisions shall apply:
1. 
Employees of commercial establishments and other businesses located in the B-1 Central Business District and B-1A Business District as depicted on the Zoning Map of the Borough of Ramsey shall be permitted to park in Lots A, C, and D, provided they display in the rear window of their vehicles a valid employee parking placard.
(a) 
Employers located in the B-1 Central Business District and B-1A Business District may obtain employee parking placards by making application for same to the Borough Clerk using a form approved by the Borough Clerk.
(b) 
The annual fee shall be $25 per placard, and each qualified employer shall be limited to a maximum of 10 such placards.
[Amended 2-14-2007 by Ord. No. 4-2007]
(c) 
The employee parking placard shall be valid for up to a twelve-month period, running from August 15 of a calendar year to August 14 of the next calendar year, the same period of validity for resident stickers.
(d) 
Employee parking placards shall be issued by the Borough Clerk only to qualified employers who complete the application form and pay the required fees. It shall be the responsibility of the employer to issue the placards to his or her employees and to retrieve the placards when an employee leaves his or her employ. A placard may be reissued by an employer to a new employee during the period of its validity.
(e) 
Upon making application for employee parking placards for a subsequent twelve-month period, an employer must return or account for all previously issued placards.
2. 
Ramsey residents may obtain from the Borough Clerk a one-day parking permit for Lot A, C, or D, which permit shall entitle the resident to park in said lot for a designated twenty-four-hour period. A resident may obtain up to 12 such one-day permits during any calendar year; thereafter the $15 resident sticker must be purchased.
3. 
Vehicle parking shall be permitted in Lots A, C, and D by any person, without regard to residency, permits or placards, on any day from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and all day on Saturdays, Sundays, and federal or New Jersey state holidays, except from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
j. 
With regard to Lot I, one-hour-limit parking is permitted only for persons visiting the Borough's 9/11 Memorial and for handicapped parking. Non-handicapped parking is not permitted for Finch Park recreational activities.
[Added 10-10-2012 by Ord. No. 20-2012]
[Ord. No. 22-2001; Ord. No. 26-2005 § 4]
With regard to On-Street Parking Area 1, On-Street Parking Area 2, and On-Street Parking Area 3, parking is permitted only by Ramsey residents possessing and displaying a current resident sticker.
With regard to On-Street Parking Area 2, Ramsey High School staff and students shall also be permitted to park there during the school year, provided they display in the vehicle rear window a valid RHS parking permit. RHS parking stickers may be issued by the Ramsey High School principal or his designee, following whatever procedures he or she deems appropriate, for use only during each particular school year. New permits must be issued for subsequent school years. Possession of a RHS parking permit does not guarantee the availability of a parking place. Parking places in On-Street Parking Area 2 are available to RHS staff and students as well as Ramsey residents possessing a resident sticker on a first-come, first-served basis. There may not be enough spaces to accommodate all who wish to park on any given day.
Vehicle parking shall be permitted in On-Street Parking Areas 1, 2 and 3 by any person, without regard to residency, permits or placards, on any day from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and all day on Saturdays, Sundays, and federal or New Jersey state holidays, except from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
[Ord. No. 22-2001; Ord. No. 32-2001]
a. 
Parking is not permitted on Lot A, Lot B, Lot C, Lot D and Parking Area 1, Parking Area 2, and Parking Area 3 on any day from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.; provided, however, that a resident of the Borough or a taxpayer of the Borough may park in such lots and areas during the aforesaid time on an emergent or temporary basis upon obtaining a permit from the Borough Police Department.
b. 
A vehicle shall only be parked in a prescribed parking space and such vehicle shall be parked completely within the lines delineating the prescribed parking space.
c. 
No vehicle shall be parked in a designated handicapped parking space unless the operator of the vehicle who is physically driving the vehicle qualifies as a handicapped driver and the vehicle has displayed on it the appropriate documentation required by Title 39 of the Revised Statute of New Jersey designating such vehicle as a handicapped vehicle.
[Ord. No. 22-2001; Ord. No. 30-2001; amended 4-22-2009 by Ord. No. 08-2009]
The Borough shall issue resident stickers. Any resident of the Borough of Ramsey desiring to park in Lot A, Lot C, Parking Area 1, Parking Area 2, or Parking Area 3 may apply for a resident sticker by making application for same, in writing, to the Borough Clerk. Applications for resident stickers must be filed and received in the Borough Clerk’s office prior to August 1. No more than three resident stickers shall be issued to any resident and only one application shall be received from any household per year. Upon satisfactory proof to the Borough Clerk establishing residency, the Borough Clerk shall issue to such resident a resident sticker for each specifically approved vehicle. All resident stickers shall be issued for a period of one year from August 15 to August 14. Such resident stickers shall not be transferable, and the issuance of same shall not guarantee that a parking space will be available for the resident. The resident sticker shall be clearly displayed on the lower right rear window of the vehicle for which it was issued and shall contain the registered license plate number of such vehicle as issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. In the event a resident sells the motor vehicle to which the resident sticker is affixed, the sticker must be returned to the Borough Clerk’s office prior to the issuance of a replacement sticker for the new motor vehicle. There shall be no charge for a replacement sticker.
[Ord. No. 22-2001; Ord. No. 20-2002 § 1]
The fee for a resident sticker shall be $15 per year or for any portion thereof.
[Ord. No. 22-2001]
The installation and operation of parking meters on Lot B and Lot D is hereby authorized and approved and the fee for parking on Lot B and Lot D is $3 per day. Payment for parking shall be required Monday through Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. excluding holidays.
[Ord. No. 22-2001]
The Borough shall employ as many parking enforcement attendants as it deems necessary to enforce the provisions of this chapter and to collect all fees from parking meters. The compensation to be paid to the Parking enforcement attendant shall be set by the governing body. The parking enforcement attendant shall be under the supervision of the Borough's Director of Public Safety and the Borough Administrator. The hours and days to be worked by the parking enforcement attendant shall be set by the Borough Administrator.
[Ord. No. 22-2001]
a. 
The parking enforcement attendant shall be and remain a resident of the State of New Jersey during his employment.
b. 
The parking enforcement attendant shall be able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently.
c. 
The parking enforcement attendant shall be of sound mind and in good health and of good moral character.
d. 
The parking enforcement attendant shall not have been convicted of any offense involving dishonesty or moral turpitude.
e. 
The parking enforcement attendant shall be fingerprinted and shall complete such preemployment application, documentation and examinations as are required by the Borough Administrator.
[Ord. No. 22-2001]
The parking enforcement attendant shall enforce the provisions of this chapter and in connection therewith shall complete and issue summons/complaints for violations of this chapter and shall further assist in the prosecution of violations including attendance at all required Court proceedings.
The parking enforcement attendant shall collect all data and monies from parking meters and immediately deliver same to the Borough Treasurer.
The parking enforcement attendant shall at all times while performing his duty wear the uniform furnished to him by the Borough and such uniform shall identify the parking enforcement attendant's function and shall include a hat, badge, and an insignia.
[Ord. No. 22-2001]
The provisions of this chapter shall at the discretion of the Borough's Public Safety Director also be enforced by members of the Borough Police Department.
[Ord. No. 22-2001]
For a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter, an offender shall be liable to a penalty of not more than a fifty-dollar fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or both. In addition to the aforementioned penalty, if any vehicle is parked in any municipal parking lot or on-street parking areas in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter, the Police Department may cause such vehicle to be removed to such place as is designated by the Borough Director of Public Safety. The owner or operator of any vehicle so removed shall pay the reasonable cost and expense of such removal and storage which may result therefrom, and any person desiring to reclaim such vehicle may do so by paying the expense of such removal and storage.