SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Board of Trustees met to discuss the development plan at 4th St. and Valley St., as well as new police technologies coming to the village.

South Orange Village President Sheena Collum started the meeting by reminding residents to renew their recreational I.D. badges at the Baird Center before prices increase on May 15. Single passes are currently $30 and family passes are $120, but on May 16 prices will rise to $35 and $140 respectively. Two proofs of residency are required to obtain the pass.

Trustees introduced an ordinance to approve the 4th St. and Valley St. redevelopment plan for block 2303. They unanimously moved the ordinance forward on first reading, but it will be another month before the official vote to approve the plan.

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While the removal of parking restrictions between South Orange Ave. and the Seton Hall Ward gate on Ward Pl. was originally scheduled to be approved, Collum requested that the ordinance be carried to April 24 in order to provide adequate notice to Ward Pl. residents.

“This has been an ongoing debate between residents and the campus, so I’d like the be sure we give them an adequate chance to voice any concerns,” said Collum.

South Orange Village Trustee Howard Levison detailed new technologies coming to the South Orange Police Department, such as the P25 statewide radio system and physical upgrades to the police headquarters.

“The previous system left some dead zones in radio coverage within our own network, so we’re in need of a replacement to our antiquated systems,” said Collum.

The Board of Trustees will meet again on Monday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at SOPAC.