NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council continued the additional recycling and bulk pick-up discussion brought up by a resident at its Monday, Feb. 10 meeting.
Borough Administer Doug Marvin pointed out that the council had rejected the last garbage collection bid because it increased by $130,000. He explained that when the new bid goes out there will be a second question regarding the cost for the additional bulk pick-up. He noted that there are some other potential ways to deal with bulk items. For example, dumpsters could be placed at the DPW yard for residents to bring larger items. Potentially, the DPW crew could occasionally go to residents’ curbs to pick up items that do not fit in their cars.
Marvin also advocated a public awareness campaign to educate residents on what are recyclable items and what can go to the regular garbage. Some items considered bulk could actually go to the regular trash, he said.
Mayor Al Morgan noted that in 2005 the cost for the bulk pick-up was $75,000. He pointed out that many towns charge residents for the garbage collection separately, but in New Providence this service is included in the property tax bill. He also noted that bulk pick-up does not accept construction debris.
“In 2006 we had two bulk pick-ups. In general, I think we should move towards having a second bulk pick-up,” Council President Robert Robinson said. He also reiterated that the borough should approach Summit regarding recycling as suggested by residents.
Councilwoman Nadine Geoffroy said that she would be interested in hearing the cost for the second bulk pick-up. However, she pointed out that many borough residents may not need a second bulk pick-up. She suggested that the borough look at the possibility of arranging a fee based second bulk pick-up for those who request it.
With regard to other news Morgan informed the council that Police Chief Anthony Buccelli had announced that he will retire this year.
Morgan also noted that the borough received a check of $62,305.10 from Comcast and a check of $113,862.38 from Verizon for the use of municipal rights-of-ways.
Additionally, the council appointed The Musial Group of Mountainside as Borough Architects for 2020. According to Robinson the firm has 43 years of experience and an impressive resume of past projects.
Furthermore, Councilman Peter DeSarno has noticed a mishmash of signs in the downtown area. He asked that the borough visit the signage ordinance and advice the local businesses of the signage rules.