BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The improvement of township roads will continue thanks to a Capital Bond Ordinance approved at Bloomfield’s Council Conference Meeting on Monday, July 8 at the Law Enforcement Building.

The Capital Bond Ordinance, similar to what was presented in the Capital Budget back in March, was approved to assist the township in upgrading streets and the equipment needed to maintain roads.  The ordinance includes a grant that the township recently applied for.

Another $750,000 will be put into the road program, on top of $2 million that was approved in past budgets.  The funds will be used for road resurfacing, computer and infrastructure improvements.

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“We have now put about $12 million into our roads over the last four years, including sewer improvements and fixing surrounding grounds, and maintaining dump trucks and plows that are replacing our aging equipment and stuff that is rotting out,” said Township Administrator Matthew Watkins.  “This is a very meager capital budget that totals almost $6 million (this year), and that’s meager given the size of this township.”

A contract was awarded for engineering consultant Premier Product Development to continue the upgrades at Felton Field.

“We’ll be mostly upgrading the baseball field area,” Watkins said.

A contract was awarded to PlayPower LT to install playground equipment at Lion Gate Park.

All other items on the agenda were moved.

Present at the meeting were Mayor Michael Venezia, First-Ward Councilwoman Jenny Mundell, Second-Ward Councilman Nicholas Joanow, Third-Ward Councilwoman Sarah Cruz, Councilwoman-At-Large Nina Davis, Councilman-At-Large Ted Gamble and Councilman-At-Large Richard Rockwell.

Also present at the meeting were Township Attorney Michael Parlavecchio, Township Engineer Paul Lasek, Municipal Clerk Louise Palagano and Fire Chief Lou Venezia.

In a liaison report, Councilwoman Cruz stated she is seeking volunteers to help fill 42 garden beds this Sunday, July 14 from 11 am to 1 pm.

Councilwoman Davis acknowledged that the Civil Rights Commission recently held an art contest with the theme ‘what does love look like in the community’ and those works will be on display at the library this Monday, July 15 from 6 to 7 pm.

The Township Council holds its next Regular Meeting on Monday, July 22 at 7:00 pm.  This meeting is tentatively slated to take place at Bloomfield Civic Center on Broad Street due to the improvements being made at the Municipal Building.

In August, the Township Council hosts a combined Conference and Regular Meeting on Monday, August 19 at 7:00 pm, set to occur back in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Building.