Over the past few months, Montclair residents have complained of an excessive amount of broken parking meters throughout the town that have resulted in a number of unfair parking violation tickets. Apparently, over one hundred parking meters have been reported as broken in what councilors have described as a "town crisis". Montclair town officials have finally issued a resolution statement.
Montclair Director of Utilities Gary Obszarny and Parking Utility Superintendent Emanuel Germano have recently updated members of the township management and the Council Economic Development Committee at the December 9th meeting on the status of parking meters and pay stations in the township that will remedy the broken meter issue.
Montclair Parking Utility staff are now hard at work upgrading all parking meters to 4G. The current goal is to provide a more positive parking experience for all residents, visitors, and businesses in the town.
Currently, there are about 204 parking meters that are being reconditioned. Montclair will also be installing pay stations at Grove Street, Maple Plaza, Valley Road, and South End. The Bellevue Lot pay stations have already been installed and will transition to online status at the conclusion of the holiday free parking period. In the hopes to making parking easier and more convenient, the meters and pay stations will all accept payment by coin, credit card or the ParkMobile parking app that can be downloaded on to your phone. In addition to ParkMobile, the pay stations will also accept the Flowbird parking app.
Parking staff have begun rapidly addressing the issue after township officials discovered that Verizon had mistakenly switched off 2G cellular services in areas of town before the 2022 scheduled shutoff date. This may explain the reason for the large amount of broken meters that were responsible for countless unfair parking tickets.
Given the current plan for implementation and execution, Montclair Township should see all meters and pay stations working functionally as we transition into the new year.
The new meters will follow all Montclair Township parking regulations. Metered spots must be paid for between 8 am and 7 pm on Mondays through Saturdays. You do not need to pay the meters between 7 pm and 2 am or between 6 am and 8 am. Sunday parking will remain completely free and cars are not allowed to be left overnight between the hours of 2am and 6am. Daily and monthly parking meter costs will also remain the same.