Livingston Council Agrees to Settle Library Litigation Suit Over 'Shoddy Workmanship'

Mayor Stephen Santola and Deputy Mayor, Rudy Fernandez presented President and CEO of Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey, James McCrath, $400,000 donation for a group home in Livingston. Credits: Kimberly A. Bolognini

LIVINGSTON, NJ - During Monday night’s town council meeting, council members unanimously agreed to approve the library litigation settlement.

Partner at Hedinger & Lawless, LLC, Bob Lawless, told council members and attendees the different options of the lawsuit between the town and the construction company that used “shoddy workmanship,” according to Santola.

Lawless suggested that the town settle the case for $528,000 instead of going to court which would cost extra money and is ultimately “unpredictable.”

After each made a closing statement, the council members all were in favor of the settlement and praised Lawless for his hard and concise work.

“This hasn’t been a good experience, but it’s behind us. We’ve learned a lot and we’re going to continue to learn from it and enjoy the beautiful library,” Councilman Michael Rieber said.

Santola agreed with the decision and voted yes as well.

“I think that in the end we have a nice, special place,” Santola said. “Although this is a very, very hard vote, I’m going to vote yes.”

During the presentation portion of the meeting, President and CEO of Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey, James McCrath, accepted a $400,000 donation for a group home in Livingston.

According to McCrath, the house will be located on South Orange Avenue and construction started this week.

“We’re looking forward to a great program,” Santola said. "CPNJ is unbelievably inspiring and I can’t think of a better organization to help.”

In other news, a nail salon was approved to be placed in the Livingston Town Center due to its redevelopment plan.

According to Santola, the proposed ordinances such as defining signs in the DS-2 designated shopping center district and amending the salary ordinance 17-2011 will be further discussed on Dec. 17.

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