BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Three new ordinances were introduced at the May 26 Township Council meeting including a $2.2 Million bond ordinance funding various capital improvements, another establishing a cap bank and a third permitting restaurants to apply to have temporary outdoor dining facilities. There will be a public hearing on these ordinances at the Tuesday, June 9 meeting. Click here for meeting agenda.
The council will meet at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Find the link to the meeting here.
The conference session will include a presentation on the Berkeley Florist site and Mondelli Park and Condos.
Resolutions in Tuesday's agenda include: [see meeting agenda for list of all resolutions]
- Resolution authorizing the Establishment of the Creation of an Advisory Board to the Mayor on Diversity, Racial Healing and Inclusion. The board would consist of One (1) Republican member of the township council; One (1) Democratic member of the township council; The Police Chief (or designee), One (1) member of the clergy; One (1) member of the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council; One (1) member of the Berkeley Heights Board of Education (or designee); and Four (4) members of the public at-large. [Found on Page 11 of the agenda.]
- Resolution authorizing temporary outdoor dining areas by local restaurants in compliance with the Township Code and potentially forthcoming executive orders or regulations from the Governor's Office (The "Temporary Outdoor Dining Ordinance") to be effective June 15, 2020. [Found on Page 14 on the agenda.]
- Resolution authorizing an agreement between the Township of Berkeley Heights and Boxcar for drive-in movies screening services to the Township at no fee to the Township. Residents will be allowed to purchase tickets for $25 to $30 per car. These drive-in movies will be held at The Connell Park in the township on selected weekend nights this summer. [Found on Page 6 on the agenda.]
Four Ordinances to be Voted On
- The first is to establish a Cap Bank - that ordinance can be found on Page 20 of the agenda.
- The second is an ordinance permitting restaurants to seek approval to operate temporary outdoor dining areas. The text of the ordinance begins on Page 22 of the agenda.
- The other is a bond ordinance for “Various Capital Improvements” appropriating $2,655,045 and authorizing the issuance of $2,180,293 bonds or notes to finance part of the cost thereof. The text of the bond ordinance begins on page 29 of the agenda. A complete listing of the items on the 2020 Temporary Capital Budget can be found in Resolution #10, beginning on Page 31 of the Agenda.
- The ordinance will finance a generator for the Rescue Squad ($19,000); turnout gear and other needed equipment for the Fire Department for approximately $118,000; Computers and radio communications upgrade for about $23,000; Sewer pipe and manhole rehab and various sewer system improvements $227,000; Under the engineer, for milling, paving, and reconstruction to various roads and for various drainage projects in Peppertown Park and other locations and the creation of a commuter parking lot, for a total of $1,567,500, not including a $360,000 State of NJ DOT Grant; Under Administration, $47,000 for scanning projects; under the DPW, $28,000 for equipment, various improvements to electrical upgrades and a new storage facility for the DPW, plus milling and paving near the train station and a new roof for same for $35,625 and various road improvements for $114,000.
- The total bonds/notes authorized add up to $2,180,293; section 20 costs are $530,000.
- An ordinance amending and supplementing Title 5 of The Code of the Township of Berkeley Heights to remove Chapter 5.08 ("Charitable Solicitations"), and amend and supplement Chapter 5.20 ("Peddlers and Solicitors"). This ordinance was first read on May 12, 2020 and is submitted for final consideration and public hearing. The ordinance can be found on Page 50 of the agenda.