MADISON, NJ – Borough Administrator Raymond Codey was back in his usual seat at the Monday, March 26, Borough Council meeting.
“It’s great to be back,” he told the council and public. He commented that “the future is bright” and thanked assistant administrator Jim Burnet for his stewardship. “He cares for the community, Codey said. “Thank you for bringing me back,” which garnered strong applause from those present. Earlier in the month, the two administrator positions had been merged as a cost saving measure. But after strong public objections, the council reversed its decision.
Mayor Robert Conley commended “the actions of two people. They defined what it is to be true gentlemen,” referring to Codey and Burnet.
The council adopted a 2012 budget and tax resolution, with a final hearing scheduled for Monday, April 23. Conley said the budget can be seen on the borough’s website, rosenet.org
In other council business, a resolution authorized the Farmers’ Market for 2012, every Thursday from June 14 through Aug. 16 on Waverly Place and Lincoln Place and from Aug. 23 to Oct. 25 on Green Village Road.
Resident Sam Cerciello asked about returning the market to the Madison High School area and resident Toni DeRosa suggested the east end of Madison, where parking is easier and where those merchants would appreciate the business.
Maureen Byrne of the Downtown Development Commission said the purpose was to encourage downtown businesses. “This will bring people to the downtown area, where they may try out other stores,” she said. She added that the Waverly Place location only takes up eight parking spaces, between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Also being considered are carrier baskets on wheels and a shuttle service for the senior center. “The Farmers’ Market belongs in the center of town,” she said.
Storm sewers and sanitary sewers were agenda discussion items. Borough Engineer Bob Vogel said a comprehensive program has been developed to provide upgrades and repair leaking joints from old clay pipes. He encouraged residents, when using sump pumps, to let water run into the yard or discharge into the storm sewer, not the sanitary sewer. “We should do away with penalties and get people to cooperate,” he said of enforcing the practice.
An Advisory Committee related to environmental issues will be introduced at the April 9 meeting. Councilwoman Carmela Vitale stressed the importance of moving Madison’s sustainability ranking from bronze to silver. She said the new Realogy headquarters, the development of the Green Village Road property and use of solar panels are all environmental considerations. Betsy Uhlmer, speaking for the Environmental Commission, said the Advisory Committee would help in attaining grants and that green actions result in cost savings for the community.
Councilman Robert Landrigan reminded the public of the open house at the Madison Train Station on March 29 to share thoughts on NJ transit rail station access along Route 124, sponsored by Morris County. Also on Thursday will be an open discussion to discuss the future of libraries in general at the Madison Library Chase Room at 7 p.m.