Opinion: It's Open Season On Westfield Residents By Parking Lords

An open letter to Mayor Skibitsky and the Westfield Traffic Department by Mitch Slayer, 23 year Westfield resident :

It's time to treat Westfield taxpayers and residents with respect. The Parking situation and the constant ticketing have gotten out of control. It is almost like it is "open season" on those that want to support our local businesses and eateries. Though I understand the need to having parking violations the bigger issue is how to treat those that live in Westfield in a more fair and reasonable manner.

One simple solution I put forward is to have residents pay an annual Parking Fee of around $50.00 a year and in return be given immunity from Parking Tickets. Give each resident that chooses to pay the fee a Sticker giving them a "Free Pass for Westfield" and the ability to park anywhere in town that is a legal spot.

I understand the train station might be off limits and obviously handicapped or no parking zones. But for the remainder of the downtown area- show some love for those that pay our high property taxes instead of treating them as common criminals. Enough is enough already. I look forward to hearing from our elected officials on this idea.

Larry Razza April 22, 2014 at 02:19 PM
Perhaps Mitch if you are so concerned with paying taxes you wouldn't have sold out the residents with a one year contract to the teachers union, knowing very well the 2 percent cap was to expire. When's the last time they went for a one year contract ? It will be interesting what the next contract brings !!
Mitch Slater April 22, 2014 at 02:52 PM
Perhaps Larry needs to stay after school for some technology help to stop hitting submit with his same messages
Rusty Cut April 24, 2014 at 08:50 PM
Wow...kind of seems inappropriate to bring up a completely unrelated incident on the guy. seems like a Larry has an agenda. Still don't agree with Mitch and Greg, but come on guy.
NewarkDirect April 25, 2014 at 01:14 AM
Bad idea Mitch. Spaces are available for people patient and willing to walk a block or two. When it comes to parking people are cheap and lazy. If they have a $50 pass theyll hog the spaces for the day. The spaces in the core should be for shoppers and visitors so a bad place for full day parking permits. The town business workers should park further away and walk a bit. Commuters need proximity to the station - they can walk a bit but remember they're on a schedule so every minute saved is precious - particularly given the longer RVR ride and the crumbling bus service lately prone to massive delays.
karen egert June 25, 2014 at 07:48 PM
I think its a good idea --gives people an option. Honestly, I rarely shop in town because Im constantly in fear of getting a ticket--30 seconds after the meter runs out. Giving out so many tickets is very bad for business.


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