BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Streetscape and sign branding improvements fronting the train station were presented to the Bloomfield Township Council during Monday’s Conference Meeting.

The meeting, held via video conference, started with a presentation by Mike Trancone, project manager for CNB, to update the council on the TAP Project regarding signs that will be placed along the Pedestrian Wayfinding Route, as well as the gateway roadways for vehicles entering Bloomfield Center that will direct them to parking facilities in Bloomfield Center.

The engineering of the federally funded project hopes to improve all signage at Watsessing Station.

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“Our focus is on the Bloomfield Center area by the train station and we are in the process of finalizing plans and getting some signage and branding together,” Trancone told the council.  “We will also take down some of the older signs.  The new signs will focus on directing vehicles in the area into the parking garages that will include a color-coding system.”

Trancone then gave a slideshow presentation of some of the new light poles that will replace old fixtures, plus a gateway sign when entering Bloomfield Center by Franklin Street near the Garden State Parkway saying, ‘Welcome to Bloomfield.’

Also in the plans are pedestrian directional signs and strategic directory signs coming from the train station into town, plus a new assembly/gathering area with new benches and a bike rack.

“There will be a public information meeting as part of the process, and public notices will be sent out to stakeholders in the area for a virtual meeting,” Trancone added.  “Notices start going out this week and the meeting will be June 24.”

A Proclamation was introduced to declare the first Friday in June to be National Gun Violence Awareness Day in Bloomfield to honor and remember all victims and survivors of gun violence and to advocate to do more as a country to reduce gun violence.

“In January 2013, Hadiya Pendleton, a teenager who marched in the presidential inaugural parade and was tragically shot and killed just weeks later, should be now celebrating her 23rd birthday,” said Councilman Ted Gamble.  “To help honor Hadiya – and the more than 100 Americans whose lives are cut short every day and the countless survivors who are injured by shootings every day – a national coalition of organizations has designated June 5, 2020, the first Friday in June, as the 6th National Gun Violence Awareness Day.”

Another proclamation was made to dedicate June 2020 as LGBT Pride Month.  This proclamation was made to the Bloomfield Pride LGBTQ+ Community of Bloomfield and to celebrate the great diversity of the residents of Bloomfield and the diversity of the council.

“The Stonewall Uprising, a historic turning point for LGBT rights that occurred on June 28, 1969, in New York City when LGBT citizens rose up and resisted police harassment that arose out of discriminatory criminal laws that have since been declared unconstitutional,” said Councilman Rich Rockwell.  “In the 50 years since, civil rights for LGBT people have grown substantially, and LGBT pride celebrations have taken place around the country every June.”

The council also recognized the goals of residents to declare June as Open Space Month and encourage residents to continue to explore, recreate in, and enjoy the state’s and Bloomfield’s open space.

“New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country and open spaces are vital to the health of New Jersey’s citizens, environment, and economy by providing a natural filter for water,” said Councilman Nicholas Joanow.  “Open spaces generate millions in direct economy activity annually through tourism and agricultural production.  Open space, farmland, and historic preservation have historically had strong bipartisan support in New Jersey as 65% of voters supported the 2014 ballot measure to constitutionally dedicate an annual revenue source to preservation and stewardship; and whereas Bloomfield voters supported the Bloomfield Open Space Trust fund.”

The council voted to waive fees for the use of parks for outdoor workouts.

Four public comments were submitted via email to the council, one of which thanked and supported the Bloomfield Police Department for their work and sacrifice.

Another comment asked about the annual July 4th fireworks celebration, to which Mayor Michael Venezia said it would be postponed and possibly rescheduled for September to coincide with the opening of schools.

Monday’s proceedings were livestreamed on the township’s Facebook page and WBMA-TV.

The Township Council holds a Regular Meeting on Monday, June 22, 7 pm, which will be conducted via video conference and livestreamed.