Government

Berkeley Heights Council Weighs Carving vs. Topping of Trees

f1e032dcce29c244d03d_BH_council_7-23-13_007.JPG
Mayor Joseph Bruno and council gather for July 23 meeting. Credits: Liz Keill
c2d51ebcaaa5fab95397_BH_council_7-23-13_008.JPG
Resident questions tree-trimming policy. Credits: Liz Keill
6b227e87127889253fa2_BH_council_7-23-13_010.JPG
Resident Steve Yellen speaks with BPW staff. Credits: Liz Keill
f1e032dcce29c244d03d_BH_council_7-23-13_007.JPG
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Although tree-trimming wasn’t on the township council meeting’s agenda, the issue came up when one resident took the podium.
 
“They’re digging their own grave,” the resident said of JCP&L’s view of a township policy that was opposed to trimming trees below power lines.
 
 
Council members said they weren’t aware of a policy that favored carving versus topping trees, which was apparently established several years ago. Council President Kevin Hall suggested a meeting with a JCP&L representative, the township administrator and an Environmental Commission member.
 
Mayor Joseph Bruno referred to a trash hauling ordinance from 1998, which required a $100 fee for removing household waste. He said those fees have not been paid and come to $4,600 for several vendors over the past 15 years. 

 
“$100 may be an insufficient amount,” Councilman Robert Woodruff said. Peddlers' fees are $350 and solicitor fees are $200, according to the township clerk.
 
The township attorney said a vendor could not be prohibited from doing business, but could be penalized at $500 a day. “Let’s write a letter and get this ball moving,” the mayor said of the delinquent payments.
 
Mayor Bruno also asked for the council’s approval of a generator at an estimated $85,000. It would be covered by a grant from PSE&G. “These storms have knocked us out once already and the town hall needs to be a communications center,” he said.
 
Councilman Edward Delia reported on the July 16 fair, saying that a resident was not allowed back into her neighborhood after 6 p.m. because she did not have a pass. He asked that the police be more understanding of neighbors when they offer to show a driver’s license and registration. Bruno said he would speak to the Police Chief.
 
Delia also addressed road repairs. He said a hot coal patch is twice as expensive as regular asphalt and should not be used in hot weather. “It does a terrible job in fixing roads,” he said. The Department of Public Works will follow up. In addition, he had concerns about the inventory list, especially cutting bits for a break light. The mayor explained the equipment had been borrowed and the township needed to provide the bits.
 
The council adopted a resolution to enter a developer’s agreement with Berkley Square at 240-264 Springfield Ave. The mayor said brick pavers and coach lamps would be there soon.
 
The mayor noted that Congressman Leonard Lance had visited Berkley Heights and presented a $105,000 check to the fire department for communication signals. He also addressed students at the Police Academy. “He is a true friend of Berkeley Heights,” the mayor said of Lance. Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz of Summit also was present.
 
Bruno urged the public to attend the final two free outdoor concerts this summer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Pieces of Time: Applause Rings Out In Two Columbia Middle School Classrooms

February 23, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Thursday night, the mass murder of students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, seemed to be on everyone’s mind at the Board of Education meeting.

The board observed a moment of silence following the Pledge of Allegiance for the 17 people killed and 14 wounded in the shooting, as well as ...

Local Advisor Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Roth IRA

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Roth IRA. First made available to American investors in 1998, a Roth IRA is an individual retirement account that is funded with after-tax dollars and provides tax-free growth and income for retirement.

In honor of this significant milestone, Walter Pardo, CEO/Certified Wealth Strategist at Wealth ...

Summit's Temple Sinai Debuts 'Lunch & Learn' Events Beginning Mar. 4

February 25, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - Temple Sinai in Summit will host a series of 'Lunch and Learn' events beginning March 4. The informative and interactive events include:

Is Forgiveness Really Necessary? - Sunday, March 4, from 1:45 - 3 p.m.

An animated clip called “Landlord” from Hanan Harchol’s “Jewish Food for Thought” series will inspire a discussion on ...

Big Bird is The Word: Summit's Congregation Beth Hatikvah Hosts 'It's a Muppet Purim' March 3

SUMMIT, NJ - 'The Muppets' travel to Persia in Congregation Beth Hatikvah’s zaniest version yet of the Purim story, to be staged Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. The original book by Steve Kaflowitz of New Providence features parodies of familiar Sesame Street tunes and pop favorites paired with plenty of slapstick and general silliness. 

The show is appropriate ...

March 8 Salon Series More Than Just Music

BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) sat down recently with faculty member Matthew Van Dongen to talk about his upcoming performance on the 2017-2018 Salon Series featuring an evening of contemporary and original works for guitar. In addition to works by 20th century Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo including Tiento antiguo, Un tiempo fue Italica famosa, and ...

Scotch Plains Public Library Presents, “The Shannachie of Glendunbun Ballybeg: Traditional Celtic Tales”

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Storyteller David Emerson will retell the colorful and ancient tales of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall in a presentation on Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. that will “warm, tickle, or chill the heart” at the Scotch Plains Library. This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Registration is recommended.

David Emerson of History on ...

Colleen Mahr Has Paid Her Dues, Earned Peoples’ Trust, and Left a Track Record of Success

February 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

As a 26-year-old Scotch Plains resident who cares more about the well-being of our town than about local politics, I am extremely disappointed that the Scotch Plains Democratic Committee leadership has decided to abandon Colleen Mahr in her run for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee.

Mahr, who as Mayor of Fanwood for 15 years has worked closely with Scotch Plains ...

We Need More Women Like Colleen Mahr in Municipal, County and State Government

Dear Editor:

I’m proud to support Colleen Mahr for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee  (UCDC) and am encouraging my Scotch Plains peers to join me.

I was a first time candidate wanting to make a difference in my hometown of Scotch Plains, when Mayor Mahr of neighboring Fanwood stepped in to help me campaign and win my election to be Councilwoman three years ago.

Democratic Party Would Be Making a Big Mistake by Not Recognizing Colleen Mahr's Talents

Dear Editor:

Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a valuable friend to the Township of Cranford. Whether it’s offering advice and assistance during devastating flood cleanup, supporting the Mayor's Council on the Rahway River, or her insight and assistance in meeting our affordable housing obligations, Mayor Mahr is always there for Cranford.

Colleen’s fairness and integrity is ...

Chatham Borough Police Chief Crosson has Retired; Captain Gibbons is Acting Commander

February 12, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Phil Crosson Jr., who has been a member of the Chatham Borough Police Department since 1992, retired from his position as the police chief on Feb. 1.

"It came on pretty quickly," Crosson said when reached by phone on Sunday. "I was on vacation for six weeks and I bought a business. I came back for one day and retired."

According to Crosson, ...

‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

February 14, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, February 25

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Carousel_image_2e2e4830042112095f66_94f09724857a937db1ac_d6404e0a-7afd-4279-b56f-19b0f9b2138c

Sun, February 25, 10:00 AM

Camp Riverbend, Warren

Camp Riverbend Open House

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_8e821e02ba44390d688c_olympics_oh_feb_2018

Sun, February 25, 10:00 AM

Camp Riverbend, Warren

Camp Riverbend "Wacky Winter Olympics" Open House

Arts & Entertainment Other

Sun, February 25, 3:00 PM

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield

“Showcase for Exceptional Young Artists” Features ...

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, February 25, 3:00 PM

DeCorso Community Center, New Providence

CSA's 5th Annual Pasta Dinner & Basket Raffle

Food & Drink Giving Back

Sun, February 25, 3:00 PM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Hotter than a Pepper Sprout: America's Music

Arts & Entertainment

I've Always Wanted to be a Doctor...Or an English Teacher

Think about the impossibility of the task we lay in front of high school students.  In addition to getting good grades, filling up a resume, finding the right colleges and writing countless admissions essays they also need to decide on their life’s passion at 17 years old...or do they?

As a college admissions representative the first question most students would ask me was whether ...

Now That The Dust Has Settled…Smart Tax Moves In 2018

Now that the dust has settled, here are some smart tax moves to lower your taxes and/or avoid higher taxes/penalties in 2018. These steps may be especially helpful if you live in high property and high income tax states (e.g. New Jersey, New York, California) since state and local tax deductions are capped.  Unfortunately all these changes mean you’ll need more time and energy to ...