NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council discussed Oakwood Field security and approved additional improvements in the area at its Monday, July 17 meeting.

The council approved a purchase of seven security cameras for approximately $45,000. The high definition cameras will be placed at various points at the Oakwood Field complex. Councilman Jim Madden noted that there is already a temporary camera on the premises. The purpose of the cameras is to prevent “the misuse” of the field and vandalism. Madden explained that there have been incidents of cars parked on the field, loitering and people walking their dogs on the turf field.

The cameras as well as signs indicating the presence of the cameras “promotes good behavior,” Councilman Robert Robinson concluded.

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The council approved a change order resolution that includes multiple small improvement projects at the Oakwood Field complex. Madden noted that parking needs to be added to alleviate street parking on Commonwealth Avenue. 

Madden also explained that the field has to be ADA-compliant and therefore paved access paths will be added to various parts of the complex.

The existing upper field shack “doesn’t belong” to the new facility, Madden said. He noted that the roof is leaking and the indoors has moisture issues and critters. The size of the shack cannot be expanded, but the change order allows removal and replacement of the roof, including the demolition and removal of internal non-structural items.

Councilman Michael Gennaro noted that now is the good time to implement the additional improvements as the contractor, Dakota Excavating Contractors, Inc., is already on the complex with their equipment.

The borough has approximately $495,000 left budgeted for the field improvement. The approved change orders amount to $116,120.00.

Madden estimates that the upper field improvements will be completed by the end of July and the shack and other smaller projects will take another couple of weeks.

With regard to other news the council introduced an ordinance to limit parking along South Street and Springfield Avenue to two hours. Many of the parking spaces are taken by employees, Borough Administrator Doug Marvin said. The local businesses want the parking spaces to be available for customers. The borough will be looking for employee parking on the outskirts of the main business area.

Marvin noted that there is no parking time limit at the parking lots. 

Editor's Note: This article was edited on July 20, at 6:01 p.m. because no decision has been made on how much additional parking will be added.