NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council introduced an ordinance to increase some fees at its Monday, Sep. 21 Zoom meeting. Councilman Matthew Cumiskey explained that the borough is periodically revising its fee schedule.

According to the ordinance the sewer connection fees will increase from $500 to $1,000 for residential unit. The industrial-commercial sewer connection fee will also increase from $500 to $1,000 per unit flow of 265 gallons. The multi-family unit fee will be changed from $100 to $125. This fee has not been adjusted for 11 years, Cumiskey said. The wastewater testing fees will increase from $40 to $50/sample.

With regards to other news the council approved a resolution to apply for a grant from the Kids Recreation Trust Fund. Each year the borough identifies a project that would be a beneficial recreation activity. This year the borough would like to enhance the walking paths around the pool and tennis courts for passive recreation opportunities, Cumiskey explained.

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Furthermore, the borough has been awarded Community Development Block Grants for the Senior Citizen High Risk Health Fair and Health Care Program ($5,000) and Senior Citizen Social Services Program ($8,250).

The council also appointed NW Financial Group as the borough's advisors for Covid-19 related financial planning. Daniel Mariniello of NW Financial Group explained that Union County has been awarded $97 million for Covid-19 related expenses. The group will help the borough to get reimbursed for some of the expenses incurred during the pandemic.