SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At the March 4, 2019 Borough Council meeting Mayor Anesh began by presenting a proclamation to Library Board of Trustee’s President, Cheryl Nagel-Smiley and Library Board of Trustee member, Stephanie Wolak for 2019 National Read Across America Month. “On behalf of the Library Board and the Library Staff I want to thank the Mayor and Council for their continuing support. Where would we be without The Cat in the Hat,” said Cheryl Nagel-Smiley. “The Mayor and Council have been working with us for about six years.” Nagel-Smiley also thanked the Friends of the Library for all their help and financial support of the event.
In addition to the proclamation there was one ordinance on the agenda regarding the sale of a piece of property as well as 19 resolutions which included the following:
Additional monies from the Middlesex County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $43,553.66 for the purchase of a Senior Citizen Van.
The hiring of Gregory R. Hoffman as Interim Recreation Director without benefits. Mr. Hoffman will be replacing Kevin Hughes on an interim basis. Reported in TAPinto South Plainfield on March 5, 2019 - Hughes Out as Recreation Director, Hoffman Named as Interim
Authorization the ESC Co-op purchase of a 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Wagon for the Senior Center from Beyer of Morristown in the amount not to exceed $27,384.16.
Authorizing award of bid to Top Line Construction for road improvements to Hadley Road Phase II in the amount of $923,126.91
Authorizing award of bid to Rohrer Enterprises, Inc in the amount of $56,800.00 for a nine passenger and two wheelchair ADA accessible cutaway bus for the Senior Center.
Promotion of DPW employee Paul Zawacki to Interim DPW Supervisor with an annual salary of $75,296.00 effective March, 5, 2019.
During the public portion of the meeting resident Kristine Keefe-Hassan stated the invocation delivered by the councilmembers should be mindful of all faiths, not everyone is a Christian. During the invocation, Councilman Derryck White mentioned “Jesus.” Keefe-Hassan also wanted to know why a member of the BOE was not invited up for the presentation of the proclamation for Read Across America. Mayor Anesh replied there has been an ongoing relationship with the library for the past 6 years. The Mayor and Council participate in the library’s event each year and Ms. Wolak was invited not as a BOE member, but as a Library Board member.
Resident Sandy Doyon questioned if the position for the interim recreation director was posted. Mayor Anesh and Borough Administration Glenn Cullen stated it was not, “this is only an interim position, we will be conducting a search for a permanent director.” Doyon also questioned if there was a voter tally threshold for Democracy Week and thought it was binding in the past. Mayor Anesh informed Mrs. Doyon, there was not a participation threshold and Democracy Day/Week was started by the Democrats and was never binding.
Nancy Grennier from the Observer ask why the pool meetings were not at other locations, while the meeting was very informative, it was only attended by “pool people” and others should be attending. She thought another location would be better. Mayor Anesh pointed out the plans have been viewed over 6,000 times so far on the Borough’s Website, so the word is getting out. There will be another meeting on Thursday March 7th at 7:00pm at Borough Hall. The pool architect will be in attendance to answer any questions from the public. Ms. Grennier also questioned when the new video link would be available for her paper.
Cultural Arts Chair, Suzanne Lepore discussed auditions for the upcoming talent show.
Board of Education Member, Debbie Boyle provided a list of events coming up in the next few months.
Links to the council meeting will be posted on TAPinto South Plainfield for residents to view if they are unable to make the meetings. There are two links for the March 4th meeting since the Mayor and Council broke for executive session after the agenda meeting.
Mayor and Council Part 1
Mayor and Council Part 2
Next Council Meeting will be March 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.