Madison Council Gives Nod to Road Projects

Councilman Ben Wolkowitz reports on the Strategic Planning Commission. Credits: Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ - Long overdue road improvements will move forward following Madison Borough Council’s approval at its meeting Monday night.

The cost of $1.25 million will cover road projects a number of streets, including  Belmont, Academy, Vinton, Pine Tree, Durwood, Wilson, North and Flesher, Councilwoman Carmela Vitale said. During her report on utilities, she noted that Division Avenue is also scheduled for work this summer, but that expense will be shared with Chatham.  Milling and overlay are part of the plan. The council approved a contract with Cifelli & Sons Construction.

Councilman Ben Wolkowitz, who chairs the Finance Committee, thanked the many people who volunteered for the Strategic Planning Commission. “When Madison asks for volunteers, people turn out,” he said.

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Wolkowitz reminded the public that the primary election date is June 3, with nominations due by 4 p.m. Monday, March 31. Two council seats are open. The municipal budget will be introduced at the Thursday, April 10 council meeting, which begins at 8 p.m. That meeting was originally scheduled for Monday, April 14, but was changed following a vote by the council. 

Action was taken on the Green Village Road redevelopment plan, with an ordinance introduced by Councilwoman Astri Baillie. She said the plan before the council had been approved by the Planning Board and the Zoning Board. The location will have a 21st Century building, with parking underneath.

Mayor Robert Conley read a proclamation recognizing Madison’s 125th anniversary.  He said in 1889, Madison seceded from Chatham and established its own utility. The village actually existed in 1750, he said, when it was known as Bottle Hill. The borough was also known as Rose City, with 40 rose growers and greenhouse throughout the community. The mayor said the Downtown Development Commission (DDC) is planning a gala celebration and other events to commemorate the occasion. Several members of the DCC were on hand to accept the proclamation.

The mayor also proclaimed April as Autism Awareness Month. He said last year’s walk in Morris County raised $175,000.

The council approved the consent agenda, which included $16,000 to replace a public works boiler and a radar speed sign donated by former Mayor Ellwood (Woody) Kerkeslager. Dennis Harrington of Madison was awarded a contract for field inspection and oversight at a cost of $41,500. 

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