ELIZABETH, NJ – This week’s Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting was dedicated exclusively to the presentation of checks.  “Senior Focus” and “Infrastructure and Municipal Aid” grants were presented to mayors, council members and representatives from towns across the county.

Council President-at-Large Rebecca Williams was on hand to accept the checks for Plainfield.  "Along with the City Administrator, Rick Smiley, and the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, Veronica Taylor, it was exciting to receive these two grants, presented to us by the Freeholder Board. The $100,000 check will be of great assistance to us as we continue the road improvement program begun under Mayor Mapp, which has already paved upwards of 20 miles of Plainfield's roads."

Williams added, "The $25,000 Senior Focus Grant, written by Veronica Taylor, will be used to help outfit and update a fitness center for our older active adults at the Plainfield Senior Citizens Center, and will also go to purchasing more equipment for our very active Sewing and Quilting classes at the Center. We are very grateful to the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders for their ongoing support of Plainfield's initiatives."

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“Maybe we should do this on a weekly basis,” joked Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky, joined by Councilman David Oliveira, as he accepted an Infrastructure and Municipal Aid grant of $100,000 from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders Thursday. “Westfield will certainly put this to good use.” 

“Thank you for giving us this money because it helps keep our streets safe,” said Roselle Mayor, Christine Dansereau, who accepted a check that will go towards roadway improvements in her municipality. “What we sometimes forget is that dangerous roads cause accidents.”

Infrastructure and Municipal Aid Grants ranged from $15,000 to $100,000 for a total of $1.5m across the county. “That’s $1.5 million which will be backed up by the municipality. That’s $3 million in roads and infrastructure improvements this year – $9 million over the last three years,” Freeholder Christopher Hudak said.  

The full list:

Berkeley Heights:  $50,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

       

Clark:  $50,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

 

Cranford:  $90,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

 

Elizabeth:  $105,000.00

Installation of Traffic Signals

 

Fanwood:  $55,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

 

Garwood  $55,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

 

Hillside:  $55,000.00

Roadway & Facilities Improvement Projects

 

Kenilworth:  $75,000.00

Rehabilitation of Facilities, Housing Master Plan, Traffic Signal Study

 

Linden:  $100,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

 

Mountainside:  $50,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

 

New Providence:  $55,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

 

Plainfield:  $100,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

 

Rahway:  $65,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

 

Roselle:  $60,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

 

Roselle Park:  $55,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

 

Scotch Plains:  $90,000.00

Park Facilities and Road Improvement Projects

 

Springfield:  $75,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

 

Summit:  $100,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

 

Union:  $100,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

 

Westfield:  $100,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

 

Winfield:  $15,000.00

Facility Improvements: Municipal Building & Police Department

 

Other municipalities in the county received additional grants to support “Senior Focus” initiatives. The county allocated $430,655  exclusively to senior center facility improvements:

Clark: $25,000

Senior Fitness Equipment

 

Cranford: $18,462

Bingo System, PA System and eight Surface Pro Computers

 

Elizabeth: $24,293

27 Computers

 

Fanwood: $25,000

Roof Repair and PA System

 

Garwood: $25,000

Exterior Repairs Replace Handicap Ramp

 

Hillside: $25,000 

Exterior Repairs Replace Handicap Ramp

 

Kenilworth: $23,400

Four Doors Retrofit, Two Doors Replaced

 

Linden: $24,000

Ramp Update, Automatic Doors

 

Mountainside: $25,000

Flooring, Seating, Computer, TV

 

New Providence: $15,500

100 Chairs, Eight Club Chairs, PA System Copier

 

Plainfield: $25,000

Senior Fitness Equipment, Flooring, Sewing Machines

 

Rahway: $25,000

Roof

 

Roselle: $25,000

Lavatory Upgrades, Parking Lot Lighting, Ice Maker, Ceiling Tiles

 

Roselle Park: $25,000

Roof

 

Scotch Plains: $25,00

Bocce Court, Outdoor Seating, PA System, Ceiling Tiles, Chairs, Fitness Equipment, Signage, Tables

 

Springfield: $25,000

Fitness Equipment, Audio Visual Equipment, Computers

 

Summit: $25,000

Senior Lounge

 

Union: $25,000

Senior Center Roof

Westfield did not receive a “Senior Focus” grant as the town does not currently have a municipality-owned senior center.