SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Borough Council awarded a contract worth up to $290,000 Monday night to Maser Consulting of Red Bank to clean up of the former Suburban Bus Company site on New Market Avenue.

The resolution passed, 5-1, with Councilman C.J. Diana casting the lone dissenting vote. Diana said he was "not against the cleanup of the site," but was against borrowing for the project.

Councilman Tim McConville reminded Diana that it was someone from Diana's own political party that put the town on the hook for the cleanup costs when they purchased the contaminated site and signed a hold-harmless agreement. Diana responded that he should not be held responsible for things that happened in 2007, when he was in college, regardless of his party affiliation.

Councilman Rob Bengivenga questioned Diana about how he would fund the cleanup, saying that bonding is warranted for this type of large project.  ”How else would you clean up this site?" Bengivenga asked.