As rebuilding continues, and the construction on Route 35 nears its end, Lavallette officials discussed a future paving project and the state of parking in the borough this week.
Mayor Walter LaCicero said the borough has received a $150,000 grant to repave Elizabeth Avenue from the ocean to Route 35 south. The project will be put out to bid at a future date, after which work will get underway.
Lavallette generally paves one street per year. In 2015, the borough approved funding for Guyer Avenue to be repaved.
Officials also discussed a potentially problematic parking situation in front of the new municipal complex. Some members of the governing body favored enacting a 15 minute time limit on parking in some of the spaces directly in front of the building, located between Brooklyn and Washington avenues. The concern is over the fact that motorists may park their cars in front of the complex all day during the summer season, leaving no room for those who wish to conduct business at town hall or use the post office and PO boxes in the building.
“It’s already April, we’re not going to get it by July,” said Councilwoman Joanne Filippone.
The borough must apply before the state Department of Transportation for a formal regulation change before such time limits can be enacted and enforced since the spaces are located on a state highway. LaCicero said borough officials are still evaluating where other limitations on parking are appropriate, and would rather apply to the state for all at once. Such a change usually takes about six months to complete, and would be unlikely to be able to be enacted before or during the summer season. Also, the mayor said, the borough will consult with residential homeowners along the highway adjacent to the municipal building to get their take on the plan.
“If you then turn around a month later and ask them for another regulation when everyone who lives out there complains, they might not be happy,” said LaCicero.
The council ultimately decided to hold off on petitioning the state for a regulation change until all of the potential changes are ready to be submitted.