Plainfield Receives $100K From Union County for Roadway Improvement Project

UC Freeholders Chris Hudak, Linda Carter and Chairman Bruce H. Bergen with Plainfield's Rick Smiley, Rebecca Williams, and Veronica Taylor Credits: Jim Lowney/County of Union
Members of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders meet Thursday, May 25. Credits: K. Brochu

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



Roselle: $25,000

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


Roselle Park: $25,000



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.

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