MONTVILLE, NJ – New Montville Township police officer Michael T. Cooney, Jr., nephew of Deputy Mayor Frank Cooney, was sworn in at the Nov. 28 Montville Township Committee meeting.

Police Chief Rudy Appelmann presented Michael Cooney to the township committee, saying Cooney joined the Cub Scouts at age six, continuing on to Boy Scout Troop 74, and achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

Cooney was, and still is, a part of the Montville Township Police Explorer Post 805, holding positions of leadership throughout his tenure including captain and commander, and he is now assistant advisor. He was named Explorer of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He interned at the Montville Township Police Department during his spring, 2016 semester of college, Appelmann said.

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Cooney is a 2013 graduate of Montville Township High School, where he played lacrosse and football. He also participated in Bushido karate, and achieved his black belt. He graduated from Seton Hall University in May of 2017 with a 3.7 GPA, achieving degrees in criminal justice and political science, Appelmann concluded.

After the Police Explorers presented the colors, Michael Cooney was sworn in by Frank Cooney while parents Michael Sr. and Debbie held the Bible, and girlfriend Alyssa Cioffi looked on.

Michael started patrolling the streets of Montville Township on Dec. 1, according to Michael Sr.

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Due to remaining funds in the budget, 20 more street-identifier signs will be purchased and installed in the township, at the ends of Route 202 and Changebridge Roads and on Bloomfield Avenue, Frank Cooney announced.

Mayor Jim Sandham said he thought a meeting with New Jersey Transit was warranted. He said the company had repaired the train trestle at Taylortown Road so that it stopped leaking onto Taylortown Road and then freezing and icing. However, he said he understands that when it rains water is coming onto the road again. He said he would like the appearance of the two Towaco trestles to be improved, similar to how they improved the trestle near the intersection of Changebridge Road. He would also like to solidify in writing that residents are allowed to park in the NJ Transit lots to shop and dine in the Towaco area when the lots are not being used for commuters. A meeting attendee also wished to have reflectors on the divider between the two sides of the trestle.

Some residents came to the microphone during the public portion of the meeting to state their concerns regarding the safety of the intersection of Taylortown Road and Route 202, snow removal by businesses in the winter, abandoned automobiles at residences and noise at a business on Route 202 near Taylortown. Residents also said the rate of speed of cars going down Millers Lane was too high, that cars parking on that road made it dangerous for pedestrians and they worried about the hunting map and its implications for residents. They feared that hunters would be hunting too close to their homes.