NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Borough officials have taken steps to restore two full-time positions that were lost about four years ago.

Councilman Jim Madden, a member of the Finance Committee, said a police officer and a Public Works employee would be added to the borough’s payroll.

Both positions are accounted for in the proposed 2014 municipal budget, which will raise property taxes by 1.88 percent. For the owner of an average assessed home, that translates to a $47.36 yearly increase, Madden said.

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The expected increase is well under the state mandated 2 percent limit and well under 2.14 percent, which was the expected increase announced three weeks ago. Complicating budget preparations was the reduction in the borough’s overall tax evaluation base of $2.0 million stemming from successful commercial and residential tax appeals.

The 2014 budget will be formally introduced to residents with a Powerpoint presentation at the council’s April 28 meeting. A copy of the budget can be viewed at the public library, municipal center or online at the borough’s website.

Madden introduced four resolutions totaling $24,500 of various athletic equipment and uniforms for the youth baseball and softball leagues. He said the expenses are all covered from fees received from participants.

A shared emergency service dispatch center took a giant leap forward at Monday’s (Mar. 31) meeting when council members approved a resolution accepting an $893,000 bid for construction of the center at Municipal Hall.

“Construction could begin within two weeks with a likely completion in early September,” Borough Administrator Doug Marvin said.

Councilman Robert Munoz said the Millburn Township Council will vote on a resolution at tonight’s (April 1) meeting to join New Providence and Summit in the partnership.

Munoz also introduced a request to advertise for a part-time building inspector whose services will be needed for the Lantern Hill 360-unit care center that is now under construction.

After 14 years of service, the borough’s street cleaner is in need of replacement. Councilman Dr. Bob Robinson requested authorization to let bids for a new sweeper. Other communities were asked of interest in a sharing a sweeper but each town said they needed one on a full-time basis.

Councilman Armand Galluccio reported on a joint effort between the New Providence Lions Club and the Community Services Association to raise funds at a pasta and meatball diner held at the Senior Center on March 29.

“More than 200 people attended the dinner raising much needed funds for the CSA,” Galluccio said. The CSA, founded in 1954 by a group of concerned citizens, offers financial assistance to borough residents in their time of need.

Mayor J. Brooke Hern issued a proclamation naming April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month which was received by resident Joe Narcisso.

Hern said Parkinson’s is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States and is estimated to affect between 500,000 and 1.5 million people.