Combat-wounded veterans and Purple Heart recipients now have two premium parking spots available to them at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex. The parking spots are located near the front entrance of the building, which not only houses the Township municipal offices, but also the Recreation Department, Police Department, Berkeley Heights Public Library, Senior Club meetings and senior citizen programming.
On Memorial Day, former VFW Post 6259 commander and Purple Heart award recipient Tom Lombardi along with fellow veterans, Mayor Angie Devanney, Councilwoman Gentiana Brahimaj, Councilmen Manny Couto, Paul Donnelly and Jeff Varnerin attended an unveiling of these special parking spots after the Memorial Day ceremony. Also in attendance were Police Chief Jason Massimino and members of the Berkeley Heights Police Department. Berkeley Heights PBA 144 purchased the signs and the DPW installed the two signs. Read the entire story in TAPinto Berkeley Heights here.
Combat-wounded and/or Purple Heart recipients can get permits from our Township Clerk's office to put in their front windshield, designating them as eligible for the parking spot and permit. Any person parking in these restricted spaces without that special vehicle identification, or other proof of Combat Wounded/Purple Heart veteran status shall be liable for a $253 fine for the first offense and at least $253 and up to 90 days of community service. Documents are required by the Township Clerk to establish that the individual is a Combat Wounded Veteran and/or has been awarded the Purple Heart. In addition, any applicant must have been honorably discharged from the United States Military. The Township Clerk's Office shall have up to seven (7) days to review and determine if the applicant qualifies as a Combat Wounded Veteran/Purple Heart Designee.
In April 2022, the Township Council approved an ordinance creating the two parking spaces at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Building.