SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The Board of Trustees is set to honor Joan Lee as Villager of the Month and to vote on introducing an ordinance to appropriate $481,500 for South Orange’s share of wastewater treatment improvements.

The board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the main stage of the South Orange Performing Arts Center. After an executive session from 7:30 to 8 p.m., which is closed to the public, the board will reconvene for its regular meeting.

Lee, who is profiled in the September/October Gaslight newsletter, is being honored for her 40-plus years of volunteer work. Among the contributions listed in the profile are chairwoman of the Columbia High School Scholarship Fund, leader of PTAs and HSAs in four schools and a founder of the Warwick Avenue neighborhood Association. She currently is working with Assemblywoman Mila Jasey to change the law that puts limits on charitable fundraising.

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The article concludes with this quote: “We in the Village thank you, Joan, for being a beacon of local volunteerism.” Read the entire article here.  

In addition, South Orange is part of the Joint Meeting of Essex and Union Counties, which oversees sewer facilities, including the wastewater treatment plant in Elizabeth. The three projects to be funded include upgrading aeration equipment, cleaning of the digester tank and modifications to the cover and mixing system, and upgrading the dewatering system.

If the board votes to introduce the ordinance, a second reading and public hearing will be scheduled.

Other items on the agenda:

  • Authorizing a 90-day trial with “NovusAGENDA” software to assist in agenda management and live web broadcasts.
  • Hiring a probationary police officer, Charles W. Manderville.
  • Announcement of the following appointments: Bob Barnett as vice chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission; Gary M. Hilbert, Lillian Harris, Dan Shelffo, Dee Billia, Sandy Martiny, Marie Somers and Cynthia Passanate as members of the Public Information and Marketing Committee.