Shehady announced that 74 percent of the annual budget has been expended. The township is looking into hiring a grant writer. He has held meetings with every department head and is exploring ways to track projects using more technology.
In other news, the second reading of the bond ordinance authorizing the demolition of the existing pool building and the construction of a new main building for the Springfield Municipal Community Pool was delayed until October 17th because not enough voting members were present. Four votes are needed for a bond ordinance and only three were present. Deputy Mayor Shehady resigned in early September from his position on the Township Committee to assume the role of Business Administrator for the Township and Committeewoman Vassallo was absent.
Recreation Director Adam Lieb reported on the closing of the pool after a successful summer season. There then was discussion about the daily fee for non-resident guests. It may be high at $16 per day and the policy will be reviewed for next season.
A part time Coordinator for senior citizens has been hired. The senior bus trip in October to Spring Lake is sold out, while the November trip to the Sands Casino still has availability.
The Halloween party on Sunday October 30th will have some new fun features, including a family photo booth, pirate ship and monster masks.
On other matters, leaf pick up will commence on November 1st. This will include just leaves, no brush.
A resolution passed to extend the fire department’s hiring list. There are currently no openings This will extend the list another two years. It will be culled of those no longer interested.
Mr. Quick, CFO, announced that $7.7 million in bonds had been sold. Completion of the Streetscrape along Mountain Avenue is ahead of schedule.
Early in the evening SAGE Eldercare’s Meals on Wheels was recognized for their 50 years of service.
Just a reminder the last day to register to vote for the general election is Tuesday, October 18. The city Clerk’s Office will be open late till 8:00pm on that day.