$1.1M Bond Ordinance Reintroduced in Berkeley Heights

Township Attorney Joseph Sordillo presents information on the Open Public Meetings Act to the Township Council at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7. This is the first of several information sessions on “best practices” he will be conducting for the council during the first meeting of each month.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A bond ordinance for $1,148,000 set to be adopted at the Township Council’s Tuesday, Aug. 7 meeting was instead reintroduced because a resident protested.

Tom Foregger of Dorset Road said the ordinance proposed for adoption had been “extensively revised from the ordinance that was originally introduced… This is basically a new ordinance. I don’t think you can consider this a minor change.” The amount of money allotted to some areas of the ordinance had been altered.

Township Attorney Joseph Sordillo agreed, “I agree with Mr. Foregger. Comparing what was introduced, having the numbers changed requires it to be re-introduced in its current form.”

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The council unanimously agreed to consider Aug. 7 as the re-introduction date of the ordinance. The new public hearing is set for Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Included in the bond ordinance is funding for equipment for the police and public works departments, the fire department, money to buy administrative equipment and to make improvements to municipal facilities – including a new dispatch system – and to improve roads.

Councilman Edward Delia said he would like the council to consider diverting some of the funding for the Department of Public Works Department to purchasing a saw sharpener, a roller for black top, a mini milling machine and a stump grinder. He said there are 100 dead trees on township property that have to be taken down and a stump grinder for about $30,000 could save the township money.

“Id rather have equipment than a lot of shiny trucks,” he said.

A capital ordinance appropriating $57,000 was unanimously adopted. This ordinance allots $6,000 to the Police Department for thermal monoculars; $7,000 to the Public Works Department for a tractor; $10,000 for improvements to municipal facilities; $21,000 to the Fire Department for equipment; and $13,000 for administrative equipment including servers, computers and community communications equipment.

A resolution for a change order amounting to $165,753.50 for a new roof and masonry work at the Water Pollution Control Plant was unanimously approved. The money is already in-house from dollars left over from a prior loan. The company is MBE Mark III Electric, Inc.

Also at the meeting

  • The Council approved sending the final draft of the Wastewater Management Plan to the state for its approval.
  • Sordillo did a presentation on the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act, also known as the Sunshine Law. This is the first of several information sessions on “best practices” he will be conducting for the council during the first meeting of each month.
  • Mayor Joseph Bruno said the zoning officer will become full-time on Tuesday, Aug. 14.


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