First Official Downtown Merchants Association Meeting

Downtown Merchants Association MeetingVIDEO & PHOTOS of this morning’s Downtown Merchants Association meeting, which took place at the Township building. The meeting was attended by many officials including committeemen Meir Lichtenstien and Menashe Miller, Director of Economic Development Steven Reinman, Township Engineer Todd Day, LPD Traffic & Safety Frank Work, UEZ Director Yehuda Abraham and others. The main focus of this first meeting was, to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the newly installed traffic signs and traffic pattern changes made in the downtown area. The most discussed issue at the meeting, was the new stop sign placed at 3rd and Clifton, which many merchants deemed unnecessary. A full report of the meeting will be posted at a later time. (Mobile users click here for photos and here to view video on youtube).


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  1. Hershel: Better they should put a signs which limit pedestrian crossing to the light regulated crosswalks at 2nd & 4th. Allowing pedestrians to stop traffic whenever they wish to cross wherever they wish to cross is counterproductive and will make an already untenable downtown traffic situation infinitely worse.

  2. I would like to register an objection to any frum person using the name “hashem”, even for a screen name or login name, eventhough everyone knows it is a joke. it is inappropriate at best. please rename yourself.
    TLS, I would go so far as to seriously suggest that you should be requesting a name change or editing the name or not posting with that name.
    this is not an objection to the opinions expressed by the poster in question.
    i have strong sympathies with mr. hershkowitz.

  3. it is sad , very sad. but this is all a waste of time.

    i totally agree with all the issues brought up by the downtown merchants and i really sympathize with them but lets face the realities. downtowns in suburban areas have issues. we all drive and there needs to be preplanned , ample parking in there areas . if it was not there it will take millions to build special parking. and who is going to pay for it? tax dollars?

    why wont the merchants pay for it ? because it cost to much ? so who is supposed to pay for it ? our real estate taxes?

    from the average tax payers vantage point it is much smarter to build preplanned strip malls like we have all over this town.

    the other reality is that the area has to be cleaned up. it really hurts me to walk down these areas and see all the ***** there. the only ways to clean it up is to have the feds come in and bust up illegal activites and have our township committee pass many ordaniances. they can declare it a special zone and pass special laws , something like gulliani did to times sq. the can make a special board that must approve every store that is there, the can limit the number of ” cashing ” and drugstores” .they can pass special loitering laws. and im sure there are much more things they can do to clean up the place, but i do not blame our township commitee for not doing it. if the do , all the “special interest groups” and “minority rights groups” will be after them. it is the only way to do something, but i doubt it will happen.

    this whole shpiel about traffic signs is a waste of time and it is obvious that they only intend to fool you and have no real plans for a total overhaul. we know you guys mean very well but by falling for it, you are showing you are just amaturs in the politics game.

  4. To #10: Have you heard of UEZ? they have funds for this, they should pay for this parking lot. I hear that they have funds planned for a parking lot by the train tracks and 4th, so why not here?

  5. i agree with the fish, the town really got lucky with the pickup of steve reinman off waivers, those who know him claim he is ceo fourtune 500 material

  6. Shimmy M for mayor,maybe you can fix that ceiling fan- it doesn’t seem to be working right,or the township can get somebody for a few thousand dollers to fix it after all its only your tax $ at work

  7. to anonymous 1
    the crosswalks on clifton are there for a purpose.nobody ever walks a block out of their way to cross a street.they very often cross at the point where they parked their inconsiderate pedestrian is far more vulnerable against an inconsiderate driver.that is why we have pedestrian right of way laws.
    unfortunately pedestrian right of way laws have been largely ignored on the east coast.
    lately there has been much focus on these laws,and i think this could be a great opportunity to learn them,and protect young children running across the street struggling to hold on to their mothers double stroller ,at the same time.
    the few extra minutes a week it may take the average driver to make it down clifton,or forest, for that matter,is worth it.

  8. What about left turning lanes on Madison Ave. We need them more desperately then on Forest Ave.
    And for the issue on 3rd and Clifton, you’re best off with a 4 way stop sign (actually 3 way) than a crosswalk. It’s quite efficient on 4th and Park.

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