LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston Mayor Michael Silverman, Deputy Mayor Al Anthony, Township Manager Michele Meade, Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) President Pam Chirls, Vice-President Ron Spring and Interim Superintendent Ernest Palestis recently discussed nearly a dozen items that they agreed to work together on in order to save the taxpayers money.
Currently, the council members and LBOE are actively discussing a joint venture to update the tennis courts at Heritage Middle School and Livingston High School. According to Silverman, whether they resurface the courts or redo them completely, the project will be a positive, joint effort that both the Township Council and LBOE are looking forward to.
“I thought it went well,” said Anthony. “I thought there was a spirit of cooperation in the room about possibly sharing services to save the taxpayers’ money.”
Silverman, at a public town council meeting on Monday evening, said Meade has been working closely and cooperatively with the interim superintendent to discuss different ways that the two groups can work together to save money around town. Silverman said the council is looking forward to bringing the community together by working with the board of education on certain projects.
“Good communication between the Township Manager and the Superintendent makes for a better Livingston,” said Silverman.
Residents in attendance said they were interested to see what the other items on the town council and LBOE’s to-do list are.
Another resident, who was there on behalf of the Intergenerational Prom to be held in April, also thanked the council for their continued discussion regarding a potential traffic light at the corner of Chestnut Ave. and Northfield Ave. Meade said the council has asked the county about the possibility of installing a sensor light that will be able to detect traffic at the intersection, which the residents appreciated.
During the meeting, Silverman mentioned complaints from residents regarding the political signs beind displayed throughout town. After referencing at an ordinance regarding the signs, Silverman said that by law, political signs must be taken down within 14 days of the election. According to Silverman, an email is being sent to candidates to remind them of the ordinance.
Local veterans commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two also joined the council on Monday night, where they led the Pledge of Allegiance and honored World War Two service men and women.
“The mayor and the members of the town council proudly join the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Jewish War Veterans and the American Legion as they commemorate the 70h Anniversary of the end of World War Two,” said Silverman. “We salute the 16-million American Service men and women who served in World War Two and honor more than 100,000 U.S. service members who lost their lives in that war. Our community is indebted to all these men and women and we thank them for their service and their sacrifice.”
Techie Teen Tutors, a local committee made up of teen volunteers who gather once a month to tutor older generations on all-things technology, also gave a presentation at Monday’s meeting. Silverman honored each of the teens with a certificate of appreciation and encouraged other community members to get involved.
Two ordinances, including one that changes the criteria for background color of freestanding signs in the Commercial Industrial District and one that amends a Township Code to allow Assisted Living Facilities as a conditional use, were officially closed during the meeting.