CLARK, NJ – A new three-wheeled street sweeper will soon be keeping Clark’s roadways clean and neat.  The township council passed a resolution authorizing the purchase in the amount of $192,123.00 at a special meeting held Monday night before the monthly workshop meeting.

“The new machine is environmentally friendly and safer for the operator,” DPW Supervisor Scott McCabe said.  “It has a full-glass cab, so you can see all around, and back-up cameras.”  The hydrostatic drive on the new machine makes it more maneuverable and, McCabe said, “It’s going to sweep better.”

The new machine replaces a 20-year old model that township Business Administrator John Laezza said “is it on its last wheel.” 

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“It’s rotted out, the hopper is rotted, it’s falling apart and it’s just too expensive to repair,” McCabe said. “If we can even get the parts for it.” McCabe said the DPW tries to pass through the town at least twice a month, keeping Clark’s 70 miles of roadway debris-free.  

In other business at the Monday night council meetings:

  • A resolution was passed authorizing the filing of a declaratory judgment with the New Jersey Superior Court regarding affordable housing in the township.  According to township attorney Joseph Triarsi, the declaratory judgment and resolution are required to shield the township from builder’s remedy lawsuits for a period of five months. This comes in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision in March to shift affordable housing rulings from COAH to a single “housing judge” in each vicinage, Triarsi explained. “They knew that was going to be chaotic,” Triarsi said.
  • The council passed a resolution creating written guidelines for the restricted use of municipally-owned vehicles.  The policy is found on page 3 of the Special Council Meeting Agenda.  
  • The Council approved a matching grant application be filed with the County of Union through the “Preserve Union County Grant Program” to benefit the Dr. William Robinson Plantation.
  • Acting as the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the council renewed the township’s liquor licenses.
  • The council introduced an ordinance authorizing the placement of the traffic signal at Raritan Road and the entrance to the Hyatt Hills Golf Course and the Clark Commons Shopping Center.  Public Hearing on the ordinance is set for July 20, 2015.
  • The council discussed a proposed ordinance regarding sewer infiltration and inflow. 

The town council's next meeting is Monday, July 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 315 Westfield Avenue, Clark.