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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Charging students for parking at Vets?

The Village Council is considering charging students $425 for a school year parking permit at Vets (or, more accurately, Maple South). I think this is a terrible idea. If you have an opinion, one way or another, you can voice your thoughts to the Village Council at their meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) night. I don't know the details for what time they meet...presumably you can find details at the Village website www.ridgewoodnj.net.

Our students have nowhere to park. Many of them drive from the West Side. The empty-all-day Vets parking lot has traditionally been the perfect location. It's sitting there empty all day, and it's far enough away that students still get a little exercise. It's true that some students are able to park at First Pres Church (I believe their fee is also $425 per year...what a coincidence), but those popular spots are awarded by lottery.

Anyway, please let your Councilmembers know how you feel about this idea. which I understand will raise approx. $20,000 for the Village's tough budget. Send them an email or attend the Village Council meeting. (One thing that won't help is complaining to the RHS principal, or the Ed Center, or Board members. Sorry...it's not our idea and it's not our charge!)

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