NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- The Borough Council Monday backed a plan to replace the canopy and make other repairs at the municipal tennis court.

The request for the $30,000 project came from the Community Activities Department, said Council Alan Lesnewich, liaison to that department.

He said the department has the funds in their budget to cover the cost of the project.

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“This is a safety issue,” he said.

Lesnewich said the project would replace the existing and dilapidated canopy, pour a new 14-foot-by-45-foot concrete pad, install 40 feet of sidewalk and make drainage improvements.

The new canopy would be a 12-foot-by-20-foot prefabricated all-steel canopy that would resist rust thanks to an advanced coating.

The department plans to purchase the canopy from Ben Shaffer & Associates for $9,583, which was selected through the public bidding process.

The borough has estimated the new concrete slab, sidewalk and drainage work would cost $16,000, according to a department estimate. The remaining $4,500 would cover the cost of preparing specs and inspecting the site, the report said.

Mayor J. Brooke Hern said that the tennis courts receive heavy use, and with the early warm weather the use is already picking up.

He suggested the borough move the sidewalks away from existing plants that have helped create a muddy, unsafe area for walking, jogging and biking.

“This is a very important project,” Hern said. “This is money well spent.”

The council also agreed to a request from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for photos and documentation that showed how the borough used a steel beam from the World Trade Center it received last year.

The beam was installed as a memorial to those from New Providence who died in the attack of Sept. 11, 2001. It was dedicated at a well-attended ceremony last September that marked the 10th anniversary of the event.

Hern said the Port Authority is asking all towns which received World Trade Center steel to contribute photographs, news articles and other documentation to show how the steel was used.