Council Accepts Donation for Madison Recreation Center Field House

Volunteers from the Madison Thrift Shop gather with Mayor Robert Conley as he honors the organization with a proclamation at the Sept. 10 borough council meeting. Credits: Liz Keill
MADISON, NJ – A donation close to $15,000 from the Madison Athletic Foundation was accepted by the Madison Borough Council at the Monday, Sept. 10 council meeting.
A spokesman for the foundation said there was “one caveat,” that Madison Junior Football, which provided the appliances for the kitchen, be in charge of maintaining the kitchen.
“That would be difficult to put in a resolution,” Borough Attorney Matthew Giacobbe said. “This was a gift.” In terms of safety and health concerns, he said, “That’s why we have a Board of Health.”  Instead, a letter of agreement will clarify the matter. Mayor Robert Conley suggested a procedure similar to the one used at Dodge Field.
The council also adopted an amended resolution for a Green Avenue grant application. Borough Engineer Robert Vogel had requested $250,000 from the state. Councilwoman Jeannie Tsukamoto asked why the request wasn’t made for 50 percent, rather than 40 percent, of the $628,000 cost. Vogel explained that in recent years grants have usually been given for $100,000 to $250,000. But the council agreed that if there was no downside, the application should request $314,000.

Vogel said the grant would help fund sidewalks, curving, drainage, roadway and other improvements. “It has a high traffic count,” he said, which means there is a strong likelihood of receiving state funds.
In addition, the council appropriated $150,000 for the water capital improvement fund for several projects on the five-year capital plan. Vogel said they included valve replacements, de-mister repairs and cleaning, replacement parts for the chlorine feed disinfection system and alarm, and installation of emergency back-up radio communications.
A capital improvements meeting will be held in the courtroom at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, prior to the 8 p.m. regular council meeting.
An LED price sign discussion was postponed. “It’s not ready yet and needs to go back to the Planning Board,” Conley said. He added that gas stations have numerous regulations of their own, which need to be discussed in greater detail.
An ordinance to limit political contributions by business entities was introduced  It states that contributing to municipal and county political parties “in excess of certain thresholds shall be limited in its ability to receive public contracts from the Borough of Madison.” The thresholds are $300 per calendar year for any candidate or $500 to any joint candidates for mayor or governing body.
One resident commented that the ordinance could be found unconstitutional, citing a Supreme Court ruling. The borough attorney said the ordinance refers to county and state elections, not federal. Conley added this was part of the “best practices tool kit. If it’s not in place, points could be deducted for state aid.”

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