Newark's safety committee is expected on Monday to try and figure out what happened to the downtown parking passes that used to allow residents and business owners to have extended parking overnight.

Newark's safety committee is expected on Monday to try and figure out what happened to the downtown parking passes that used to allow residents and business owners to have extended parking overnight.

"We had a parking pass system and you could buy them (the passes) monthly," said Newark City Councilwoman Irene Kennedy.

Kennedy said she asked safety director Roger Stollard about the passes after being approached by the residents in Candlewick Commons. Kennedy said residents there may need to purchase passes because the facility does not have enough parking for its residents.

Stollard, in his first year as safety director, said he was unfamiliar with the passes and did some research. He said the passes were being issued through the safety's director's office and allowed people to park overnight in 10-hour parking spaces. But council changed its parking enforcement ordinance in 2007 and designated parking spaces for 30-minutes, three-hours and 11-hours.

"In the amended language, it (the pass) doesn't apply," Stollard said.

Stollard sent a memo to council in September, alerting them to the situation. Kennedy said Council President Marc Guthrie suggested council discuss the matter Monday during the safety committee. Downtown merchants have been notified of the issue. The merchants were consulted when council changed its parking ordinance in 2007.

"We'll see what's on their minds," Stollard said.

Newark's Public Service Director Kathleen Barch, who served as the city's safety director until 2008, said the parking pass program was initiated "to allow residents and or property owners within the downtown area to park in specifically designed areas without getting tickets overnight."

She said it was initiated when parking meters were in place. Once the meters were removed, the passes continued to be issued.

Newark's Law Director Douglas Sasson said council needs to decide if it wants to amend the parking ordinance and allow the passes to be issued and allow people to park for 10 hours in spaces downtown not designated for 10-hour parking.

Council committee meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Newark City Hall on Fourth Street.