MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Borough Council appointed Ryan Carr as a Probationary Police Officer at its Tuesday, Jan. 16 meeting. The appointment is effective as of Jan. 17, 2018. The probationary period lasts a full calendar year during which time Carr will receive an annual salary of $42,342.58.

Council President Keith Turner officiated the oath taking. The Mountainside Police Department is one of the finest in New Jersey, Turner stated as he welcomed Carr to the police force.

In regards to other news, the council appointed Councilman Robert Messler as representative and Borough Engineer Michael Disko as an alternate to the Union County Transportation Advisory Board. Zenon Moriak was appointed to represent Mountainside on the Union County Air Traffic & Noise Advisory Board.

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The council also approved the purchase of a 2018 Ford F-250 Truck for the Department of Public Works (DPW). The purchase price for the truck is $37,362.75 and it will be purchased through the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council (MCCPC). The MCCPC enables municipalities and other government agencies to pool their purchasing power for discounted equipment prices. Turner noted that the new truck will replace the old one and that the fleet of DPW trucks is not increasing.

Additionally the council approved an agreement with Garden State Fireworks for the 4th of July celebration. The borough will pay $7,500.00 of the total cost of $15,000. The Mountainside Volunteer Fire Company and Mountainside PAL will each provide $3,750.

The council also had the first reading of two ordinances. The first ordinance provides an additional incentive to those residents who join the Municipal Pool prior to 15 April. The early signers will receive two complimentary guest passes.

The other ordinance limits the parking on Mohawk Drive from the intersection with Bridle Path to the intersection with Hickory Lane. The four hour parking limit will be in effect between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.