BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Bloomfield Township Council conducted their Regular Meeting on Monday via video conference with council members participating from their homes and offices.

With the proceedings closed to the public and livestreamed on the township’s Facebook page, YouTube and WBMA-TV, there was only one item of new business discussed since not much is happening in the community.

“This is a very challenging and difficult time as we know, and the Martin Luther King Service Committee is working together with the Neighbor to Neighbor Network to raise funds for local food pantries,” said Councilwoman Nina Davis stated.  “Residents can send a (donation) check to Neighbor to Neighbor Network.”

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The goal right now is to establish a mobile food pantry within the community, but the specifics are still in the works.

“Once we have everything finalized, we will share (the information) on social media as to where you can send the check and also donate online,” Davis added.

The council approved all introductions of proposed ordinances on first reading, including an ordinance to amend chapter 520 ‘taxation’ of the township code, and an ordinance authorizing a certain easement agreement on a portion of block 335 for the South Junior High redevelopment project being undertaken by Urban Smart Growth.

Adoptions and amendments of proposed ordinances on second reading approvals included an ordinance entitled ‘short-term rental property regulations’ creating short-term rental property to regulate the short-term rental or letting of any residential premises or parts thereof except certain licensed hotels or motels.

The amendment to chapter 315, article V, revising the zoning map to modify the boundary line of the community commercial zone was rescheduled to be voted on at the May 18 meeting.

All consent resolutions were approved, including the award of a contract for installation of traffic calming striping and signage on Washington Street, award of professional services for lead service line replacement exploratory work, award of professional services for Poe Avenue sewer replacement, and award of professional services for watermain looping.

The Township Council holds its next Conference Meeting on Monday, May 4, 7 pm, which will be conducted via video conference and livestreamed.