FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood's Borough Council meeting of Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, began with a tribute to the "warrior women who over 100 years ago fought for and won our right to vote," said Mayor Colleen Mahr, who wore white, a color of the women's suffrage movement, along with Council members Erin McElroy-Barker, Trish Walsh, Kathleen Mitchell, and Francine Glaser. 

The mayor and council also took time during the meeting to congratulate Family Investors of Fanwood on its 60 years in business and listened to remarks on Black History Month by Leland McGee, a member of Social Justice Matters. 

The Council also invited members of the Fanwood Library Trustees, Ann Minski and Dan Weiss, to speak about their submission to NJ competitive libraries building grant.

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"We want to be ADA compliant, to increase community space and (have) the library be a hub in the heart of Fanwood, and to improve the infrastructure of the building, which is cute and well-loved, but in need of work," Minski, president of the Board of Library Trustees, said.

Dan Weiss, library director, who has been with the library for 22 years, noted that he became aware that the library was not ADA compliant on his second day of work.

The grant would help the library serve the community for the next 25 years.

"This is a once in a lifetime grant opportunity," Weiss said of New Jersey's library grant program that was passed by voters last November.

Millennium Strategies, Fanwood's grantwriters, will submit the grant application to the state for funding through the library construction act. The request will be for more than $6 million.

Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell took time during the meeting to encourage Fanwood residents to participate in the U.S. Census this year.

"Most people know about the census and the importance of it," Councilwoman Mitchell said. "You are going to get a card in the mail with a number on it, and you access it (the census) online. If you don't do it online, they will send you a paper. They do not ask for Social Security, bank statements or anything like that."

"It's very important for us to count everybody. This is a way we get our Federal funding. This is how the school system makes plans. It counts for our legislative districts in the state. You will hear more from me and the mayor on this as we get closer to the middle of March, when the cards are mailed out," said Councilwoman Mitchell. 

To view the entire Fanwood Council meeting from Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, click here.

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