South Plainfield – “Keeping South Plainfield affordable for families and seniors is our job” is the message council candidates Christine Faustini and Derryck White gave this past week while talking with residents. The tricky part of the goal, according to Faustini and White, is to keep South Plainfield affordable while investing more in our hometown.
“The Municipal portion of the tax bill is down, spending is in check, but investing in our community is up,” said Derryck White, who serves as Council President.
“On the recreation and parks front we have accomplished a lot this year,” said Councilwoman Christine Faustini, who serves as the liaison to Recreation and the Senior Center. “A big thanks goes to Recreation Director Kevin Hughes, Senior Center Director Tree Olano, and all the commissioners & volunteers for all their support.”
The following projects are just a few Faustini and White have been able to do, while keeping a close eye on expenses:
- Recreation and PAL improvements: The PAL has new flooring in the basketball gym. The wrestling room was renovated over the summer with new wrestling & cheer mats. Our bathrooms and weight room were renovated by DPW and we are looking to do more upgrades in 2018.
- Willow Park: Willow Park has seen a complete overhaul with a beautiful play structure, swings and most recently the addition of an adaptive swing. This park has been sponsored by our library and has doubled in size in just two years.
- Summer Parks Programs: Our summer parks program continues to grow each year. In 2018, we are looking at expanding camp hours and adding more programs for our children.
- The Senior Center has a new kitchen floor and newly renovated bathrooms. Memberships, trips and programs have all increased in 2017. Our youthful Senior Center has recently added a new senior golf league and walking group. We can’t wait to see what new programs and events will be happening in 2018.
- Community Pool: Our memberships continue to increase year over year since installing the new slide. This year we saw new fencing, landscaping and shade structures. In 2018, we are looking to make more investments and expand programs.
- The Southside Dog Park is set to open in a couple of weeks. This Park, located on New Market Avenue, will be the first recreational park added to the Borough’s roster in decades. In 2018, we will be looking at Phase 2, which will create a walking path to the softball fields and Pitt Street Park.
- Memorial Field Lighting: New lights were installed on Memorial Field. This addition will be a great asset and will expand the field use for our sports teams.
“These are just a few of the items we have been able to accomplish,” said Faustini. “We love our hometown and want it to be great place to raise our children, while keeping it affordable for our families and seniors”
Council President White agreed: “Our goals are to keep taxes down, control spending, and to invest in our future. ‘Getting it done for South Plainfield’ is our top priority.”