NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – A resident’s letter asking for additional bulk and recycling pick-ups prompted a council discussion regarding the issue at the Monday, Jan. 27 council meeting.

In her letter the resident requested if there is a possibility for a weekly recycling pick-up. Currently, the recycling is picked up every other week. She also lamented the fact that New Providence has bulk pick-up only once a year, while some neighboring towns have such a pick-up every month. She also pointed out that previously the bulk pick-up was organized twice a year. She asked the council to consider quarterly bulk collection.

Councilman Matthew Cumiskey said that he would like to visit the additional bulk and recycling options. Council President Robert Robinson suggested that the borough administrator put together a presentation of the cost for additional pick-ups and compare those costs to neighboring towns. Councilmen Robert Munoz and Peter DeSarno were in favor of additional pick-up dates if they are financially feasible.

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Mayor Al Morgan noted that the borough does not have its own recycling facility unlike some of the neighboring towns. A few attending residents suggested a potential shared service agreement on recycling with Summit. Robinson noted that previously such requests have been turned down, but added that the borough can approach Summit again.

Furthermore, Cumiskey and DeSarno explained their recent tours to the Department of Public Works (DPW) facility and the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Both councilmen extended their gratitude to all the borough employees who work there. They also noted a better understanding of future capital improvement needs in these facilities. Robinson pointed out that there are some necessary capital improvement projects that must be conducted in those facilities in the near future.

With regard to other news the council approved a contract with the Reivax Contracting Corp. for the Union Avenue and Kline Boulevard intersection improvements. The contract totals $127,139.00 and it was the lowest of five bids. Residents near the intersection have been concerned about traffic safety in that area.

The borough is looking for bids for the Lincoln Field Turf improvements. The project includes turfing as well as grading and drainage work.