Equipment Purchases, Road Work, Animal Control Contract Discussed at Clark Township Council Meeting


CLARK, NJ – At a special meeting held before its workshop meeting on Monday night, the Clark Township Council introduced a bond ordinance to appropriate $400,000 for the purchase of a variety of equipment for the township. A public hearing will be held on the ordinance at the council’s Nov. 16 meeting.

Among the items to be purchased are two new emergency generators. One will be installed at the municipal building, the other at the Broadway firehouse, Business Administrator John Laezza said. With the addition of the generators, the buildings can be used as either warming or cooling stations in the event of extreme weather and/or power outages.

Technology upgrades in the municipal building include the purchase of new computers for all township offices. “They [the computers] are now slowing down and we are getting new technology to bring them closer to what we need,” Laezza explained.

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The ordinance also includes funding to replace police radios to improve communication.

Black Rock Enterprises, LLC was awarded a $750,807.70 contract for road improvements on Terminal Avenue, Westfield Avenue and Starlite Drive.  “It’s not all of Terminal Avenue,” Laezza said.

Mayor Sal Bonaccorso explained that a portion of the corner by the senior citizen housing and Retro Fitness will be taken to put in a turn-lane.  The remainder of Terminal Avenue will be untouched pending the completion of a large building project by L’Oreal.  Councilman Steve Hund asked if L’Oreal would pay for the additional road repairs.

“We indicated to them that we expect that; that it would be their responsibility,” Laezza said.  

A resolution was also passed to include a revenue item of $3,867.77 in the Body Armor Grant.

Proposals for the townships 2016 Animal Control contract are currently under review.  Two proposals were received and the council, acting as the Board of Health, will award a contract during its public meeting on Nov. 16.

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