BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The municipal budget and tax resolution for calendar year 2020 was adopted by the Bloomfield Township Council during Monday’s Regular Meeting.

The meeting, the first in-person meeting at the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building since March, was held with strict social distancing rules and limited seating capacity.

After a public hearing which saw only one resident ask for a clarification on a crosswalk expense, and a resolution to amend parking utility appropriations, the budget of just over $90 million was officially green-lighted.

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The budget was originally presented at the May 4th council conference meeting and approved at the May 18th regular meeting.

All consent resolutions were approved, including the proposed ordinance amending the zoning map facilitating an expansion of Brookdale ShopRite; authorizations refunding property tax overpayments due to NJ State appeals; purchase and installation of customer water meters; approval to submit a grant application and execute a grant contract with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJ DOT) for the 2021 Transit Village application for the Lackawanna Station improvement project; approval to submit a grant application and execute a grant contract with the NJ DOT for the 2021 Safe Streets to Transit application for the Watsessing station sidewalk improvement project; and approval to submit a grant application and execute a grant contract with the NJ DOT for the Broughton Avenue improvements project.

A resolution was approved determining the form and other details of its ‘note relating to the water bank construction financing program of the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank‘ to be issued in the principal amount of up to $1,100,000, all pursuant to the water bank construction financing program.

The council approved all introductions of proposed ordinances on first reading, including an amendment to chapter 254 ‘vehicles and traffic’ parking, standing and stopping, parking prohibited at all times; and an amendment and supplement to chapter 387 providing parking for physically limited persons.

Adoptions and amendments of proposed ordinances on second reading approvals included an amendment to chapter 315 zoning ‘establishment of zones’ revising the zoning map to modify the boundary line of the community commercial, and an amendment to chapter 254 ‘vehicles and traffic’ traffic regulations 254-48 schedule VIII for ‘stop Intersection.’

Tabled to the July 27 regular meeting is an ordinance amending chapter 315, article V, zoning, 315-34 ‘establishment of zones’ revising the zoning map to place block 224, lots 7, 9, 10 and 11 in the m-1 zone.

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

The Township Council holds a Conference Meeting on Monday, July 13, 7 pm in the council chambers in the Municipal Building.