CRANFORD, NJ - This past Tuesday evening's Cranford Township Committee meeting had a celebratory air to it, with the swearing in of newly appointed Commissioner John Mallon and the recognition of the 2015 Cranford High School state championship football team.

Mallon was unanimously appointed by the committee following the resignation of Robert D’Ambola, earlier this month. Surrounded by his family, Mallon was administered the oath of office by Assemblyman Jon M. Bramnick. Mayor Andis Kalnins then appointed Mallon as Engineering/Department of Public Works Commissioner.

Mallon, who has called Cranford home for the past 22 years, thanked his fellow commissioners for the opportunity to serve and said, “I am honored to be able to serve the town of Cranford. While I have much to learn, I intend to learn quickly and work hard for the good of our community.”

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The Cranford High School football team was then honored for bringing a state championship home. With player, coaches and family in attendance, each player was awarded a certificate and a key to the city. Mayor Kalnins stated, “This is an outstanding achievement and you have made Cranford proud.”

Coach Erik Rosenmeier then had the opportunity to speak he said, “We are proud to bring the state championship home, this is a special town, a special place, this is the most accomplished team we’ve had, they are a great group of boys.”  Senior Will Fries then presented the mayor with a championship t-shirt.

In other township news: the committee passed a resolution allocating funds to allow the DPW to hire additional emergency snow removal services, Father Thomas Quinn of St. Michael Church was appointed Fire Department Chaplain, the township is applying for Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program, funding in connection with the Cranford i-Tree Inventory Project, David Salomon was appointed to the Zoning Board (replacing Commissioner Mallon), the purchase of new turnout gear for the fire department was approved, an interlocal services agreement with the Township of Winfield in connection with 911 dispatch services for the year 2016 was authorized and the 2016 municipal budget process is underway with the TV35, the Tax Assessor and the Cranford Fire Department all presenting their proposed budgets.

The mayor and several commissioners were set to go to Washington D.C., to meet with members of Congress to urge for funding in regards to the Rahway River Flood Mitigation Project. The meeting was canceled due to the snowstorm. However, Mayor Kalnins encourages residents to continue to send letters to our legislators, “We need to keep the pressure on regarding this very important floor control project,” Kalnins stated. Templates for letters can be found on the town website at www.cranford.com.

A schedule workshop and official meetings, agendas and minutes can be found on the township website.