MADISON, NJ - Safety issues and infrastructure were foremost at Monday's Madison Borough Council meeting.
The council adopted an ordinance for a four-hour time limit restriction on Keep Street. Both Mayor Robert Conley and Councilwoman Astri Ballie recused themselves from the discussion and vote.
The council also approved the introduction of an ordinance to purchase a new generator at Well E. The appropriation was increased from $80,000 to $140,000. Public Works Superintendent David Maines said all the generators are run on diesel, not natural gas. Maine explained that the wells have double wall tanks that do not leak and that they are above ground.
“I’m concerned about a 500-gallon tank on top of a well,” Councilman Robert Catalanello said. “We should spend the extra money.” Conley suggested that the ordinance be introduced, allowing two weeks before the hearing to investigate the matter further.
The council approved mid-block crosswalks on Madison Avenue at the curb line of Elm Street and Lancaster Road in the area of Fairleigh Dickinson and Drew University to enhance pedestrian visibility and safety.
A police special duty ordinance was approved. Borough Administrator Ray Codey said a 24-hour notice would be given regarding penalty charges. The ordinance permits private businesses and other public entities to retain the services of off-duty police officers. The council approved the purchase of a new police vehicle for $36,000 from Winner Ford of Cherry Hill.
Central Avenue resident Christine Mullen suggested that police vehicles that are no longer in use simply be parked at various locations as an incentive to reduce speeding. “People are flying up and down the streets,” she said. Conley said the police chief was there that evening and would look into traffic calming measures.
One resident told the council, “I love living in Madison. It is really amazing at so many levels.” She cited the schools, the library, police and fire departments and the helpful and courteous help she has received. “It’s very clear this doesn’t happen by chance. It takes a lot of planning, leadership and dedication.”
The next council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov 10, when a presentation on the Green Village Road property development is anticipated. That issue will come before the Planning Board on Nov. 4.