NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council recognized the High School Girls Cross Country Team along with the team’s Head Coaches Corey Arnold and Alex Meyer on their successful season at its Monday, Dec. 16 meeting. Mayor Al Morgan read a proclamation in the team’s honor.
The team won the 2019 NJSIAA Group 1 state title in November. The team ran an average of 21:33 on the Holmdel course to beat runner-up A P Schalick High School 76 to 78. This marked the second state championship for the cross country team in the last five years. “The team compiled an impressive 10-2 team record, and won the North II Group I Sectional title on November 9, 2019, defeating Shore Regional by a score of 37 to 51,” Morgan said. He also commended Head Coaches Arnold and Meyer for their guidance and teaching skills.
Morgan noted that it is the success of the New Providence schools and its sports teams that makes the headlines. The entire community is proud of the students’ achievements, he added.
With regard to other news the council approved an ordinance to fix the minimum and maximum rates of compensation for certain offices and positions. The ordinance covers the unionized employees, mainly Teamsters and PBA. Council President Michael Gennaro noted that the unions were “very reasonable” and the contract is fair. He noted that the contract negotiations are a team effort and that the borough wants to recognize all employees. He pointed out that during the difficult economic times the union employees had a couple of years of zero salary increases, and in subsequent years only a small, one percent, increase. “They helped us when things were tough,” he said.
The council also approved a salary resolution for non-union employees. Councilman Robert Robinson noted that the two percent salary increase matches the union salary increases.
Furthermore, the council approved two other ordinances – one to update the borough’s fee structure and the other to amend the zoning ordinance.
Councilwoman Nadine Geoffroy explained that the video chats between council members and residents have not taken off as well as anticipated. However, the borough will continue the chats in the new year while looking for creative ideas to engage residents in this casual form of dialogue.
The reorganization meeting will take place on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.