DENVILLE, NJ -- As Denville Township celebrated Cinco De Mayo on May 5, the governing body held a council meeting through live stream, though Town Hall remained open for anyone who wanted to attend in person.

During the session, the Township Council unanimously adopted several ordinances; one of which names Field #1 at Gardner Field as “Bob Ranft Field.” Ranft was a township resident known for his community volunteerism, who passed away last year at the age of 81.

Another ordinance appropriates $1,835,950 and authorizes the issuance of $1,639,000 in bonds or notes for various capital improvements, including the purchase of vehicles and equipment for the police department, and the resurfacing of several streets.

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Another ordinance provides $366,500 from the General Capital Improvement Fund for various improvements and purposes, including the purchase of pagers, Scott bottles and packs, portable radios, bail out packs, first aid stretchers, sign materials, live scan palm/finger print, a traffic officer vehicle, multi-space parking meters, IT server, a museum sewer pump, and an OEM laptop and docking station, along with repairs to fire houses, drainage improvements, and replacement shelving.

Another ordinance provides $154,000 from the Denville Open Space Trust Fund, $159,000 from the Morris County Open Space and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund, and $95,656 from the Morris County Trail Construction Grant Program for various purposes, including the acquisition of property on Diamond Spring Road. This property is owned by AMCHU Associates, and another ordinance provides the authorization of this acquisition.

“Ordinance 7-2020 provides authorization for the mayor to execute a real estate contract to purchase the 5.48-acre property at 279 Diamond Spring Road for preservation purposes,” said Business Administrator Steve Ward.

“The property is contiguous to Muriel Hepner Park and makes for a sensible addition to the park. The property will remain passive open space and already contains some ad hoc hiking trails.”

Among resolutions, the township council approved the purchase of two 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe all-wheel-drive pursuit vehicles for the Police Department from Mall Chevrolet, from Cherry Hill, in the amount of $79,797.74. The township council also approved a public hearing for the 2020 budget of the Denville Downtown Business Improvement District on June 9, at 7:30 p.m., at the municipal building.


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