BLOOMFIELD, NJ – An appointment was made to the Environmental Commission and a public comment was addressed regarding water purification during Monday’s Township Council Regular Meeting in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Building.
Present during Monday’s meeting were Mayor Michael J. Venezia, First-Ward Councilwoman Jenny Mundell, Second-Ward Councilman Nicholas Joanow, Third-Ward Councilwoman Sarah Cruz, Councilman-At-Large Ted Gamble, and Councilman-At-Large Richard Rockwell. Not present was Councilwoman-At-Large Nina Davis.
In a reports of special council committees, Mayor Venezia and the Council acknowledged the appointment of Greg Babula to the Environmental Commission, with a term running through December 31, 2019.
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A public comment made by resident David Brooks asking for an update regarding the water purification situation in the township, with the issue addressed by Mayor Venezia.
“We have no traces of lead through our pipes in the township water,” said Mayor Venezia. “What happened was 16 out of 60 homes that got tested from the main line to the houses showed up with traces of lead, about 0.16 parts per milliliter. When homeowners fail, we tell them what they must do to get rid of lead in their water. In most cases, all they have to do is run their water for 30 seconds to a minute (prior to use).”
Elevated lead levels were recorded by Bloomfield in its tap water in late-2017 and in the first few months of this year.
PUR Lead Filters are now available to Bloomfield residents free of charge at the Health Department. PUR activated carbon filters are considered industry standard and found to remove 99.9% of lead found in water and reduce the level of Chlorine by-products.
Bloomfield ordered 100 filters with the option to buy more depending on need, which would be delivered to residents within two to three days.
A Proclamation Request was read by Jenny Mundell for Simon Wiesenthal Center regarding the global movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the people of Israel in a campaign seeking to exclude the Israeli people from the economic, cultural, and academic life of humanity. The Mayor along with members of the Township Council condemn all effort to delegitimize the State of Israel and the global movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction its government and people.
Also in attendance were Township Administrator Matthew Watkins, Public Safety Director Sam DeMaio, and Fire Chief Lou Venezia.
The schedule for the remainder of the year includes a Conference Meeting next Monday, December 3 at 7 pm in the Law Enforcement Building. Another Conference Meeting is set for Monday, December 17 at 6 pm in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building immediately followed the Regular Meeting at 7 pm.