LIVINGSTON, NJ – At the conference meeting Monday night, the Livingston Township Council was unanimously in favor of tackling the township’s issue of feral cats by approving a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) pilot program. The test, which is expected to begin as soon as possible, will run through October.

According to Police Chief Craig M. Handschuch, the operation would consist of daytime trapping only. The cat would be scanned for a microchip, and if one is not found, it would then be transported to a veterinarian in the area where it would be examined, vaccinated, and neutered/spayed.

The cat would then be returned to Animal Control Services, where it could be taken to its specific colony within 24 hours. Lanea Odenbrett, adoption manager from S.O.S. Pets, Inc., noted that if one sees a cat with a nicked left ear, this means that it is fixed, vaccinated and part of a colony. She also added that the pilot program has one main objective.

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“The whole point of TNR is to stabilize the population,” said Odenbrett. “They [feral cats] have every right to live in the wild, just as the squirrels, deer and birds do.”

Currently, although there are several areas in Livingston that are inhabited by feral cats, Sycamore Terrace through Oakwood Avenue is being tested. In that area lays a colony of 25 to 30 cats – 15 of them have been spayed or neutered.

TAPinto Livingston will continue to track the progress of the pilot TNR program as it moves forward.

Parking near Northland Update

The Town Council continued their May 11 discussion surrounding the parking dilemma near Northland Park, and determined that parking restrictions are only necessary on the sections of the specific streets that are located closer than the parking lot.

Some streets, including North Ashby Avenue, Mayhew Drive, Madison Court and parts of Washington Court already have parking limitations of even-odd alternate-side parking from April 1 to July 1.

Livingston will look to increase these regulations from April 1 to October 1, when Little League baseball and lacrosse are in full swing.

An ordinance regarding this information is set to be drafted in the near future.

Traffic Study

Township Manager Michele Meade mentioned that a study conducted by Livingston justifies the need for a traffic signal at the intersection of East Northfield Road and Chestnut Street. The community will pass the data over to Essex County officials, who will look at the figures and decide if they are compelling enough (from an engineering and safety perspective) to install the traffic light.

Dates to Keep in Mind

Robyn and Mark Licht will host an “Intimate Musical Evening” at their home on Friday, June 5. The event will feature performances by members of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra and tickets can be purchased for $100. For more information, visit the Livingston Township website