BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - TAPinto Berkeley Heights continues our "Weekly Catch-up with Mayor Angie Devanney" series.
In this week's edition, Mayor Angie Devanney talks about the passing of the budget, capital projects, grant submissions for road repaving, COVID testing for seniors in Berkeley Heights and more.
"Since we last spoke, we did adopt the final adoption of the budget with a zero percent increase due to COVID," said Mayor Angie Devanney. "We were very vigilant, [I want to] thank the whole council for their work on that to make sure that we can get that down to zero. It also allows us after the 20 day estoppel period to start some of our capital projects -- that's some minor drainage projects, road repaving projects. --- We also submitted a couple of new grants for this year through our engineering department, which would be phase two of that sidewalk project -- and local aid which is the repaving project for 2021."
The Recreation Department has created an abbreviated youth program called the "Summer Experience," thanks to Carolyn George, who does a great job to make sure our kids have some kind of recreation experience, said Devanney. The program is set up so the children are safe and the groups are not commingling. "There are a number of very strict regulations from the state, so we had to make sure that we adhere to the Governor's orders," she said.
Playgrounds opened during the week, however, the spray park at Snyder Avenue will be on pause for this holiday weekend, Devanney said. "That area is difficult to social distance, [we need to] remind everyone to social distance, sanitize and wear masks."
Devanney recommends that parents reinforce social distancing with your children. If they are not wearing a mask, make sure that they're not touching their face. "After they're done with the playground equipment, make sure that they're hand sanitizing -- that's very, very important. And just be vigilant and try to socially distant with children on swings. Maybe skip that middle swing and put your child in a safer distance. Same thing with the other equipment. I know everybody's been very respectful and very mindful. It's just we have to reinforce and reiterate," she said.
When asked about potential uptick in positive COVID cases, she said, "I think we've done a great job. We haven't had a true community case in some time. They have been more in the vulnerable populations. But, the reality is, -- as we open things back up, and we have larger gatherings -- we have a number of wonderful celebrations next week with graduation at GL and the gala, and then just people getting together over Fourth of July -- you know, the reality is that the virus can spread." She recommends social distancing, wear a face mask, sanitize your hands, wash your hands and do everything you can to keep healthy and safe. "But, I do, potentially, -- expect that we could have a small uptick just as things become more open."
- The following restaurants in town are open for outdoor seating -- DiMaio’s, Delicious Heights, Trap Rock, Sub Zone, Strega, Marcello’s and Grain & Cain. More restaurants coming with outdoor seating; meanwhile, please remember to order TAKEOUT and pick up curbside from all of our other restaurants!
- Be sure to patronize our other local businesses as much as possible and support them as we work to help them all reopen soon!
- Get your Mail In Ballots in for the Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Primary Election. Know your local candidates for Township Council.
- The next Township Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8 at 7 p.m.
- Find the link to the meeting here.
- Click here for the agenda that will include a presentation on the 150 unit Stratton House project that will be located at the old King's Shopping Center. There will be a three-story, 150-unit inclusionary rental residential development with 292 garage parking spaces and eight surface parking spaces. The development will include various amenities, including 150 units, of which 23 will be affordable housing units. The existing retail and restaurant space, which is about 25,000 square feet, will remain on the property.
Visit the Berkeley Heights Township website for Coronavirus updates and resources.
In the news:
Numbers reflect Saturday July 4, 2020
- New Jersey; 172,742 total
- Union County; 16416 total
- Deaths in New Jersey; 13,308 total
- Deaths in Union County; 1,151 total
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