New Providence Council Adopts Funding Ordinance for Lieder Field Lighting; Sustainability Committee Outlines Plans to Target State Grants

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Borough Council Monday night adopted an ordinance to bond $110,000 of the projected $225,000 cost of constructing permanent lights at the borough’s Lieder Field athletic facility.

Also authorized was the advertisement for bids for construction of the lighting.

The New Providence Partnership for Recreation has spearheaded the effort to replace the temporary lights now used for evening athletic events and other functions with permanent lighting.

Sign Up for E-News

The partnership, which is composed of members of the New Providence Athletic Foundation, the Police Athletic League, the New Providence Soccer Association and the Band Parents, has already raised $75,000 toward the total cost of the project.

Another $50,000 of the cost will come from a Kids Trust Recreation Grant from Union County.

Although the borough will bond the remaining $110,000, the partnership has pledged to raise the funds to pay back the borough over 10 years, thus leaving New Providence taxpayers with no cost for the project.

Based on bids recently awarded for similar projects, however, the cost of the Lieder Field project is expected to come in considerably lower than the current estimated cost, Borough Administrator Douglas Marvin said on December 6 when the bonding ordinance was introduced.

Only Council Public Works Committee Chairman James Cucco voted against adoption of the ordinance and the authorization to go out for bids.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the borough’s Sustainability Committee outlined steps it feels will be necessary for New Providence to complete in order to win grants from Sustainable New Jersey.

John Glendinning of the committee explained the borough needs to demonstrate “a good faith effort to become sustainable” in order to win the state awards. The first step in the process, he noted, would be the accumulation of 150 points that could lead to the Bronze designation. Accumulation of an additional 200 points would lead the borough to obtain the Silver designation.

Initially, he added, the community would have to establish a “Green Team,” which probably would consist of the members of the Sustainability Committee, the Borough Council and Public Works Director James Johnston.

The borough already has conducted an energy audit of municipal buildings, he noted, and an open space plan and wind ordinance are being developed.

Expansion of borough recycling efforts would add to the point total, according to Glendinning, as would borough efforts to expand usage of a recently-purchased tract of land adjacent to Veteran’s Park for such events as a celebration of Earth Day.

Cucco noted the Department of Public Works yard already is available to residents who wish to recycle batteries and used automotive oil.

The recycling center is open during normal business hours, Mayor John Thoms pointed out.

Glendinning suggested expanding recycling to include such items as carpeting now placed by residents at curbside during bulk pickup could help reduce the tipping fees the borough pays to have solid waste transported to the Union County Resource Recovery Plant.

On another matter, Marvin announced residents soon will be able to pay their property taxes on line and print a receipt right from their home computers thanks to an agreement the borough is expected to sign shortly with a vendor.

Residents currently can deposit tax payments at a lockbox in the Municipal Building or pay their taxes in person, he added, however, with decreases in the borough staff brought about for economic reasons, it is more efficient to handle as few transactions as possible manually.

The council also adopted resolutions creating the New Providence TV Production Board and approving an agreement with the borough Board of Education regarding joint management of the borough’s cable community access channels.

Council President Julia MacDermott, who did not seek reelection to the council, thanked borough volunteers who had served on various committees with her during her six years on the governing body.

She said borough employees “were unmatched anywhere” and said she was impressed by “their kindness, professionalism and willingness to serve the borough and its residents.”

MacDermott added she was proud of the accomplishments achieved by the mayors and members of council “past and present” who had sat on the dais with her. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Providence

ECLC Celebrates Special Education Week

May 19, 2018

ECLC of New Jersey’s school in Chatham is celebrating Special Education Week by highlighting how links with the community support our students with special needs.

The second week in May has been designated by Governor Phil Murphy as “Special Education Week” in the Garden State.  This year’s theme, “Working Together to Build a Special Future for All” ...

Racing to the Finish and Supporting Cancer Survivors

VIEW PHOTO ALBUM

MAY 13, 2018 SUNDAY | BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ—On May 13, the Summit Area YMCA welcomed over 1,000 participants to the 17th Annual Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk at Memorial Field, in Berkeley Heights. This family-friendly event also hosted a fun magic show, invigorating Zumba dancing, a tot trot, face painting and music.

Matthew Byrne of Berkeley Heights won first place ...

Bee Day at Hanson Park!!

Please join the Hanson Park Conservancy on Saturday, June 23rd for Bee Day at Hanson Park!  At 2:00 PM Grant Stiles from Stiles Honey will be sharing his knowledge of bees with his presentation, “Fundamentals of Beekeeping and the Importance of Honey Bees in Our Society.”  Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy the beautiful surroundings as Mr. Stiles answers all of your ...

Fallout Continues from Lawsuit Against Mountainside; Police Chief on Administrative Leave

May 19, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Police Chief Allan Attanasio is the latest member of the police department to suffer repercussions from a complaint filed against the borough on May 11.  Attanasio, who is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, was “placed on administrative leave,” on Thursday by Borough Administrator and former Police Chief James Debbie, said  Lt. Joseph ...

Video Shows School Board Member In Altercation With Police at Traffic Stop in South Orange

May 16, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School Board Member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad got into an altercation with a South Orange police officer who stopped her for speeding last month, in which she used profanity, complained when she was issued a ticket and called South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll “a skinhead cop.”

Lawson-Muhammad also appeared to suggest that she would ...

Coach Bottone Tribute

May 19, 2018

2017 Pioneer football players took on a tall task of filling a lot of open spots with not many returning players. We had 30 kids on our football team who all wanted to be there. With a new head coach who just came on board in late April, we had a lot of things to do without much time. Most people would say being on a 1-9 football team would be no fun and, at times, it wasn’t, but it was the ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_0906ca383804ad4ba17c_tai-chi

Sun, May 20, 9:30 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Tai Chi Chuan

Health & Wellness

Sun, May 20, 11:00 AM

New Providence Community Pool parking lot, New Providence

CSA Community Yard Sale

Giving Back

Carousel_image_fc9553e9258ab1b1cc8b_paolo_zumba_teacher

Sun, May 20, 11:00 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Zumba meets Bolly DazZ

Health & Wellness

Sun, May 20, 12:00 PM

Trailside Nature & Science Center in the Watchung Reservation, Mountainside

29th Annual Spring Garden Fair & Plant ...

Green Home & Garden

Sun, May 20, 2:00 PM

Summit High School, Summit

Summit Symphony Orchestra Concert

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, May 20, 3:00 PM

Ridge High School, Basking Ridge

NJ Youth Chorus Spring Concert

Arts & Entertainment