Fanwood Council Acknowledges Efforts of DPW at Meeting

Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr honored Black History Month by recognizing the SP-F High School Black Student Union (BSU) at the Fanwood Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Pictured from left to right: Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr; Merlin Edmonds - BSU Treasurer; Raquel Lewis - BSU Vice-President; Tajah Williams - BSU President.  Williams also spoke to the meeting. Credits: Photo by Brian Horton

FANWOOD, NJ - The Fanwood Department of Public Works came in for special mention at the Borough Council meeting this week.

Councilman Russell Huegel thanked the Public Works Department for its storm response at Tuesday's meeting.  The DPW has logged more than 1,300 man hours in snow removal activities so far this year.  Snow-clearing is an ongoing process, and truckloads of snow are still being removed to the recycling center to alleviate dangerous road conditions.

Councilman Huegel also announced Fanwood’s Fourth Annual St. Patrick’s Fundraiser will be held on March 8 from 12:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at the Fanwood Train Station. Proceeds from the event benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital, The Scotch Plains Fanwood Music Boosters, and the Police Athletic League. 

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The meeting opened with a special recognition of Black History Month, and the Council welcomed members of the Scotch Plains Fanwood High School Black Student Union.

Councilwoman Mitchell announced that the Fanwood Memorial Library’s Close the Gap campaign resulted in the full $10,000 fundraising goal being met. Katherine Balch, vice-president of the Library Board of Trustees, thanked the public “for the tremendous support for our library, our building, and our services.” She further extended thanks to the council for their support of the initiative.  Funds will be used for updates in technology, collections, and books.  March 1 also marks the launch of the Fanwood Memorial Library’s Sunday hours. The library will now be open from 1 to 4 p.m. each Sunday.  The hours were enacted as a result of public input obtained through a survey conducted last fall. 

A public hearing was held on the renewal of Comcast’s franchise agreement with the borough.  The three-year renewal process is well under way.  Molly Adams, Northern New Jersey Manager of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Comcast, briefly discussed the parameters of the renewal process. 

Kevin Boris, Council Liaison to the Recreation Commission, announced that the Community Pass online registration system will be used when Summer Camp registration opens next week.

The ice skating rink in LaGrande Park was open for eight days until heavy snows forced its closure.  It is uncertain whether it will reopen this year.

Councilman Jack Molenaar closed the meeting by acknowledging the beginning of the New Jersey Transit Raritan Valley Line “One Seat Ride” trains.  He suggested that residents continue to fight for peak hour trains. 

“There is no reason why the number of ‘one seat rides’ can’t be reallocated,” Molenaar said.  “Our residents deserve peak hour service.”

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