Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Vote Set on New Towing Contract

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Vote Set on New Towing Contract

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PATERSON -- City officials estimate that Classic Towing will haul away about 9,000 vehicles in the city next year under a contract that is up for renewal.

The one-year contract says Classic would pay Paterson $45 for each vehicle it tows, which officials expect to net about $405,000 for the city. But the prospect of an ambitious towing program did not sit well with some residents, some of whom shared their stories of costly towing nightmares.

It's not clear how much Classic would make from the deal, but it seems likely it would pull in more than $1.4 million.

A sign outside Classic's offices on 21st Avenue says the company's initial towing fee is $200. Classic also charges $45 per day for storage fees, the sign says. At those rates, based on the city's projection that the contract would see the towing of 9,000 vehicles, Classic would get $1,395,000 in towing fees alone.

The contract, which would take effect on Oct. 1, is scheduled for a vote at tonight's council meeting. It would renew the city- Classic contract that expires on Sept. 30, city documents show.

Classic tows vehicles at the city's request in scenarios such as a car blocking a driveway or a motorist being held on criminal charges.

Representatives of Classic did not respond to a request for comment. Paterson Press has a public records request pending for documents detailing the towing work that Classic has done for Paterson.

The city's projection of 9,000 vehicles amounts to about 25 per day over a year. Some Paterson residents were displeased when told the details of the contract.

"I think the idea to ticket and tow 9,000 cars a year is ridiculous," said John Brooks, 47, who lives in the Hillcrest neighborhood. Brooks said that in the 1990s he had a car towed in Paterson for not having the correct paperwork. "They're looking for any way to get money," he said. …

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