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Fanwood Recognizes Longtime Planning Board Member William Lee, Jr.

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Kathy Mitchell presents a lithograph of the historic Fanwood train station to William Lee, Jr., at Monday's Fanwood Council meeting. Credits: John Mooney
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Mr. Lee thanks the Council for the Volunteer of the Month honor. Credits: John Mooney
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FANWOOD, NJ – The Fanwood Council recognized Planning Board member William Lee, Jr. for his long-time service to the Borough. Mr. Lee, who had volunteered in a number of capacities over the years, has spent more than a decade on the Planning Board.

Council President Kathy Mitchell presented Mr. Lee with a lithograph of the historic Fanwood train station at the meeting.

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Public Works Report (Jack Molenaar)
The Station Square property– known to many Fanwoodians as the Dean Oil site (at the corner of La Grande Avenue and Second Street) -- will have a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, June 22.

“It is one of the last remaining construction pieces (in our downtown redevelopment),” reported Councilman Molenaar.

Recreation Report (Erin McElroy-Barker)
Councilwoman McElroy-Barker highlighted the upcoming Party in the Park, which takes place on Tuesday, June 27. The party features food, bounce houses, and the first Tuesday night movie of the summer: The Secret Life of Pets.

Summer camps are about to start. The Recreation Commission is also in the process of planning the Fanwood 5K in October.

Land Use and Historic Preservation (Tom Kranz)
Councilman Kranz reported that Ladies Night had its best turnout yet, bolstered by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, which serves Fanwood businesses, and good weather.

Health and Seniors (Kathy Mitchell)
The seniors recently had their annual picnic. Mayor Mahr and Councilwoman Mitchell met with seniors to see what other activities would interest them and other things they’d like to see. Councilwoman Mitchell also reported that the JCC has wonderful programs for adults and that participants don’t have to be Jewish or a member of the JCC to join.

Environmental Commission
Councilwoman Mitchell attended a recent meeting about the Pilgrim Pipeline (an oil pipeline from Upstate New York through New Jersey and into Linden).

“I was encouraged that it won’t be happening, but you never know,” Mitchell said. “The pipeline company has to adhere to things we have in place like Clean Water Act.”

Councilwoman Mitchell also reported that the PMUA, which handles Fanwood’s recycling, will host an environmental fair in September. Lastly, having eaten as much invasive brush as there was to eat, the goats have left the Fanwood Nature Center.

Shared Services (Kathy Mitchell)
The School Board, Township of Scotch Plains and Borough of Fanwood plan to improve the fields at Terrill Middle School for soccer and baseball.

Engineer’s Report (Antonios Panagopoulos)
Construction is beginning to replace ramps on South Avenue. Additionally, milling and paving will begin on South Ave. in the fall. Sewer repairs are also being made this week.

NJ American Water is working on Phase II of its pipe replacement project on North Ave between Forest Road and Midway Avenue. The water company will pay for half of the road repair; the Borough has received a grant from Union County to pave the other half of the road.

“We are trying to make as little disruption as possible, but there’s always some disruption,” Panagopoulos said. 

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