FAIRFIELD, NJ — Fairfield Township Engineer Steve Bury recently announced that the township is applying for a $45,000 grant that would be used to continue the construction of sidewalks on Sand Road to aid senior citizens and handicapped individuals.
According to Bury, this particular grant would held install approximately two blocks of sidewalks, but the full project would take at least another two grants to complete. However, he added that the project has been well received by residents thus far.
In other news, Police Chief Anthony Manna reported an update on the traffic-monitoring devices that have been collecting data on Law Drive and Hollywood Avenue.
The data that was collected on Law Drive from Oct. 28 through Nov. 4 showed that there were 4,356 cars and SUVs as well as 99 trucks and 26 small vehicles and motorcycles using the road, according to Manna.
In the 25-mile-per-hour (mph) zone, the maximum speed clocked was 62 mph with an 85th percentile speed of 37 mph and an average speed of 30.22 mph, he said.
Along Hollywood Avenue from Nov. 5 to Nov. 15, there were 18,372 sedans and SUVs, 642 trucks and 625 small vehicles and motorcycles on the road, according to Manna.
In the 35 mph zone, the maximum speed recorded was 63 mph, the 85th percentile speed was 42 mph and the average speed was 37 mph.
Manna announced that the police department will be enforcing speed limits throughout the township and stepping up enforcement on Law Drive.
Also during the meeting, Business Administrator Joseph Catenaro acknowledged the township’s recreation programs and facilities, stating that there have been reports of unsportsmanlike conduct by parents and coaches at the games that could affect Fairfield’s fine reputation.
“This is a sad commentary,” he said. “We are not going to tolerate such conduct.”
Councilman John LaForgia stated that procedures and protocols are set by recreation to handle such behavior and will be carried out. The mayor and council agree that police presence at the games helps to make a difference and that unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.
The mayor and council approved also a bond ordinance last week that appropriates $875,000 for acquiring new police radio and 9-1-1 systems. Council President Thomas Morgan cast the only dissenting vote stating that he felt it was too much money.
Chief Manna explained that the department’s system is a first-generation, obsolete system that cannot interface with the second-generation system that other police forces currently utilize.
According to Manna, the police department has given $300,000 to the township from their forfeiture funds to lessen the cost to the township.
Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) will replace 759 streetlights with LED lights throughout the township with the exception of the blue lights along Hollywood Avenue. The bulbs will not burn out as quickly, and there will be a 5 percent savings to Fairfield, according to Manna.
There will be also be a telecommunications facility upgrade within the public right of way in Fairfield, according to Catenaro. He stated that this is legal, but suggested that Fairfield pass an ordinance to have some control as to where these upgrades can take place.
The council agreed to discuss this during an upcoming council meeting.
The next mayor and council meeting will be on Monday, Dec. 9 with closed session starting at 5:30 p.m. and regular session starting approximately at 7:00 p.m.