RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Council has approved funding to print a 2020 borough calendar for residents. 

The question of whether to continue producing a hard copy of the calendar came up for discussion at the December meeting during councilman Zachary Bray’s report. 

Bruce Doorly, the town’s webmaster, and Bray have taken on the responsibility for production of the calendar for the last few years. 

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In 2019, there were 500 copies of the calendar printed. The $1,800 project was funded by local businesses. 

This year, Bray said, the business owners who have supported the calendar in the past all agreed that there has been no return on the investment for them.

It’s the same six to eight local businesses that always support borough projects, Bray said, so they didn’t want to push them on this and possibly lose their support for other projects.

Bray asked for a consensus of the council on whether a printed calendar was still needed, since it is also posted on the borough website. The calendar includes event dates, board and committee meeting information and trash/recycling schedules.

Borough administrator Daniel Jaxel said that when new residents stop in at borough hall he gives them a calendar, but he also explains to them that the information is available on the website.

There was concern among council members that some residents, particularly senior citizens, might not have access to the Internet.

Jaxel told the council there are still about 100 of the 2019 calendars left at borough hall.

It was unanimously decided that for 2020, 250 instead of 500 calendars will be printed and distributed at the Senior Citizen group meetings, some left at borough hall and the rest placed at gathering places around town.

A resolution was passed to approve funding capped at $1,500 for the project.

The calendar runs from February through January so the new calendar will run from February 2020 through January 2021.