SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Out of 11 proposals for renovations of the South Orange Police Department headquarters, two have been selected for further consideration, Trustee Sheena Collum said at the South Orange Village Board of Trustees meeting Monday night.

Village Administrator Barry Lewis Jr. said he expects to have the final proposal for the board’s review by the next meeting on Oct. 27.

He also said he anticipated going out to bid for the renovation in late November and receiving bids in late December or early January.

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The board voted unanimously to schedule a public hearing for an ordinance regarding updating recycling policies to be compliant with state law on Nov. 10. Lewis said that ordinance will not change how citizens recycle and only changes some definitions.

In response to a public comment made by South Orange resident Alyssa Anderson about the Jersey Animal Coalition, Lewis said that the town is not giving up on the idea of a local shelter.

“The village is exploring our options in terms of what we will do in terms of future animal control,” he said.

Due to the great success of the Irvington Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival, which attracted close to 2,500 people according to Collum, Village President Alex Torpey said plans for a similar event are “brewing.”

A resolution to lower the speed limit on South Orange Avenue from 30 to 25 mph will be drafted for the next meeting, as requested by Trustee Howard Levison.

In other actions the board also approved:

  • A $481,500 bond that will fund repairs to the Joint Meeting of Essex and Union County sewage facility.
  • An amendment to the “Pay to Play” ordinance.
  • Hiring seasonal Public Works employees and crossing guards
  • A $12,064 purchase of 16 bulletproof vests for SOPD

NOTE: A previous version of this story misstated the number of proposals for the police department renovations that came in under budget. Nine of the 11 proposals were under budget. The article also misstated the completion date for the renovation of Village Hall. The project will go out for bid in late November, and the village will receive bids through early January.

The reporter is a student participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.