CLARK, NJ –  Agata Kozak was appointed as the Certified Court Administrator for Clark Township at Monday evening’s council meeting. Kozak’s family stood with her as she was sworn in by Mayor Sal Bonaccorso. 

“[Kozak] as come up through the rank’s in our court," Bonaccorso said. "She works very hard for our court system…and works very well with our police department, of course our honorable judge, and coworkers. We are happy to have you.”

During the meeting, the council also passed a resolution appointing Luis Casais and Laurence Lane as members of the Clark Volunteer Fire Department.

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Council members, acting as the Clark Pool Utility, appointed four individuals to the Pool Advisory Board.  Jennifer Freese was appointed as a regular member with a 3-year term.  Donna Borrelli and Eddie Mitjans were appointed as regular members with a 1-year term.  Geraldine Peyre is an alternate member with a 1-year term.

A resolution passed awarding a contract for the 2017 Capital Road Improvements in the amount of $490,143.54.   A separate resolution awarded a contract to Cifelli & Son General Constructions for the ADA Curb and Ramp Improvements Project in an amount not to exceed the Community Development Block Grant of $20,000.00.

On April 6, Business Administrator John Laezza was named “Business Administrator of the Year” at the 28th Annual Mayor’s Dinner hosted by the Gateway Chamber of Commerce. 

“That doesn’t happen unless you have the cooperation of the Mayor, Council, and all of the department heads," Laezza said at Monday's meeting. "The best administrator will never make it without cooperation.  I appreciate it and am humbled in getting it.” 

During their reports, Bonaccorso and Councilman Frank Mazzarella reminded residents of the new DPW grass collection procedure.  Pickup begins May 2 and will take place every Tuesday.  Mazzarella reiterated that grass must be placed in biodegradable bags.  The Township will issue the first bundle of bags (10 per resident).  Residents can pick up their free bags at the DPW garage April 22 and 29 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Bags are also available at town hall in room 26 on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. until the end of April.   ID is required.

Councilman Patrick O’Connor reported that the Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad will celebrate EMS week the third week of May. 

“The squad will host multiple events including a blood pressure screening, tours of the squad house, and hands-on CPR class,” O’Connor said.  "The squad hopes as many residents as possible will participate in the hands-on CPR program, which will take less than 30 minutes to learn and practice, but it could save the life of a loved one.”

Councilman Brian Toal reminded residents that volunteers are needed for Saturday’s Rahway River Cleanup event.  “If you are interested, please come out and help Mother Nature pick up the things we leave behind,” said Toal.  “Please come out and join us.”

Council President Angel Albanese added, “If you can only get there for an hour or two, please try and come out, join in, and help in whatever way you can.”

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