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New Providence to Upgrade Systems Infrastructure

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IT Consultant George Hayes Credits: Mike Neavill
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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Based on the recommendations of the borough administrator and an IT consultant, the Borough Council approved a plan to build redundancy into the existing computer network.

Administrator Doug Marvin said the borough would purchase a second server to be located off site in Parsippany to allow access to employees in case of a shutdown of the municipal center during a major storm or natural disaster.

“It gives us the ability to recover quickly if something catastrophic happens,” Marvin said.

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Council President Michael Gennaro, who is a senior executive at a multi-state engineering firm, hailed the move, saying system redundancy was essentially a given in the business world. “It will allow employees to have a virtual office at home,” Gennaro said.

Consultant George Hayes said the infrastructure upgrade would comply with a state requirement for redundancy.

The council approved four resolutions totaling about $25,000 for the improvements.

There was also favorable economic news at Monday night’s meeting.

Councilman Gary Kapner said construction has begun on a Chipotle Grill, which will be located in the Village Shopping Center. A bank, not identified, will be built on the former Exxon property located at the corner of Passaic and Springfield avenues.

The Shoppes at New Providence located on Central Avenue is almost complete and the buildings at the corner of Springfield and South Street will complete facade renovations by Aug. 1, Kapner said. In addition, New Providence Fuel is beginning construction of a second location next to McDonald’s.

In mid-May, several residents complained to the Borough Council about noise, parking issues and late hours at the DeCorso Community Center located on East Fourth Street.

Last week, several borough officials that included Marvin and council members Dr. Bob Robinson and Armand Galluccio met with about 25 residents who live near the DeCorso Center to respond to their concerns.

Robinson said the borough’s mission was to listen to concerns. “Their requests were absolutely reasonable.”

Based upon that meeting, the borough officials have developed a proposal that will be discussed at the council’s next meeting.

Galluccio said he thanked the residents for raising the issue with the Borough Council. “That’s why we’re here,” he added.

Looking toward the rest of the summer, Kapner reminded residents that Independence Day will be celebrated on July 3 with a fireworks extravaganza. He thanked Dan White of Investors Bank for their financial support.

Summer concerts will be held on Thursday nights beginning July 10. The concerts are funded by the business community and sponsors include Braunschweiger Jewelers, Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors, Elefante Music and Schools, Lassus Wherley and Associates, Prestige Diner, Dr. Robert Robinson, D.D.S., the Downtown Improvement District, the Lions Club and Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream.

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