ELIZABETH, NJ – Springfield received grants of $100,000 from Union County this week.  The grants are to be used for two purposes; $75,000 for road improvements and $25,000 for equipment purchases.  Adam Lieb, Springfield's Director of Recreation, spoke of the $25,000 grant at the Township Committee meeting and said some of the money was used to purchase resistance equipment for seniors and would make their exercise offering more complete.

This week’s Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting was dedicated exclusively to the presentation of checks.  “Senior Focus” and “Infrastructure and Municipal Aid” grants were presented to mayors, council members and representatives from towns across the county.

“Thank you for giving us this money because it helps keep our streets safe,” said Roselle Mayor, Christine Dansereau, who accepted a check that will go towards roadway improvements in her municipality. “What we sometimes forget is that dangerous roads cause accidents.”

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Infrastructure and Municipal Aid Grants ranged from $15,000 to $100,000 for a total of $1.5m across the county. “That’s $1.5 million which will be backed up by the municipality. That’s $3 million in roads and infrastructure improvements this year – $9 million over the last three years,” Freeholder Christopher Hudak said.  

The full list:

Berkeley Heights:  $50,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project  

Clark:  $50,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

Cranford:  $90,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

Elizabeth:  $105,000.00

Installation of Traffic Signals

Fanwood:  $55,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

Garwood  $55,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

Hillside:  $55,000.00

Roadway & Facilities Improvement Projects

Kenilworth:  $75,000.00

Rehabilitation of Facilities, Housing Master Plan, Traffic Signal Study

Linden:  $100,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

Mountainside:  $50,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

New Providence:  $55,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

Plainfield:  $100,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

Rahway:  $65,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

Roselle:  $60,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

Roselle Park:  $55,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

Scotch Plains:  $90,000.00

Park Facilities and Road Improvement Projects

Springfield:  $75,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

Summit:  $100,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

Union:  $100,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

Westfield:  $100,000.00

Roadway Improvement Project

Winfield:  $15,000.00

Facility Improvements: Municipal Building & Police Department

Other municipalities in the county received additional grants to support “Senior Focus” initiatives. The county allocated $430,655  exclusively to senior center facility improvements:

Clark: $25,000

Senior Fitness Equipment

Cranford: $18,462

Bingo System, PA System and eight Surface Pro Computers

Elizabeth: $24,293

27 Computers

Fanwood: $25,000

Roof Repair and PA System

Garwood: $25,000

Exterior Repairs Replace Handicap Ramp

Hillside: $25,000 

Exterior Repairs Replace Handicap Ramp

Kenilworth: $23,400

Four Doors Retrofit, Two Doors Replaced

Linden: $24,000

Ramp Update, Automatic Doors

Mountainside: $25,000

Flooring, Seating, Computer, TV

New Providence: $15,500

100 Chairs, Eight Club Chairs, PA System Copier

Plainfield: $25,000

Senior Fitness Equipment, Flooring, Sewing Machines

Rahway: $25,000

Roof

Roselle: $25,000

Lavatory Upgrades, Parking Lot Lighting, Ice Maker, Ceiling Tiles

Roselle Park: $25,000

Roof

Scotch Plains: $25,000

Bocce Court, Outdoor Seating, PA System, Ceiling Tiles, Chairs, Fitness Equipment, Signage, Tables

Springfield: $25,000

Fitness Equipment, Audio Visual Equipment, Computers

Summit: $25,000

Senior Lounge

Union: $25,000

Senior Center Roof

Westfield did not receive a “Senior Focus” grant as the town does not currently have a municipality-owned senior center.