MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Township Committee met to discuss the municipal budget for 2017, as well as to vote on altering a “No Turn on Red” regulation on Valley St.

MUNICIPAL BUDGET

Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca started the meeting by addressing increases to the annual budget, and he explained that extenuating factors have contributed to the current figures.

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“One issue is that we thought we’d be getting some money from the Avalon Bay apartments, but after the fire we won’t be getting that revenue this year,” said Mayor De Luca. “Structural imbalance will need to be addressed before we can continue development.”

The proposed budget is a $43.6 million allocation, which is an overall increase of four percent from 2016.

“It’s hard to measure increases from year to year because property values can fluctuate,” said Mayor De Luca. “Most other increases are flat.”

Since the budget proposal was presented on first reading, the plan will not be confirmed until the next meeting, which is on April 18.

"NO TURN ON RED" DECISION

The Township Committee also discussed limiting a “No Turn on Red” regulation at the intersection of Baker St. and Valley St. to between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.  A Maplewood resident spoke twice during the meeting to oppose the change, after explaining that his wife and other pedestrians are often around the intersection after 8 p.m.

Ultimately, the township committee voted to uphold the current law and maintain the “No Turn on Red” during all hours.      

The Maplewood Township Committee will meet again on Tuesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maplewood Municipal Building.