SPRINGFIELD, NJ -  The Township Committee meeting starting the Mayor Stampoulos reading a proclamation extending thanks and best wishes to Detective Lieutenant Judd A. Levenson on the occasion of his retirement from the Springfield Police Department.  He served 38 years and four months during which time he filled many different roles and had involvement in over 14,200 crimes. 

Chief Cook said, “We will certainly miss him.  Judd Levenson was an asset to our community and it was a great honor to work with him.  He is well known throughout the county, New Jersey and the federal agencies.  Thank you everyone for acknowledging him.”

Then the discussion of a request by Frankie Sarrancino for his Eagle Scout project was moved forward in the agenda.  His project requires the installation of an American flag retirement collection box, benches and small garden behind the rear gym entrance at the Chisholm Community Center.  It would also involve planting arborvitaes in front of the Boy Scouts’ storage container in Chisholm Park.  The request was approved unanimously by the Township Committee.

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Announcements were then made for three events.  The first was the annual Holiday Celebration 2017 on Wednesday, December 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Town Hall Lawn and North/South Trivett Avenues.  The rain/snow date is Thursday, December 7.  The next event is the annual Chanukah Celebration.  It is on Tuesday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. in Veterans’ Park.  The third event mentioned was for the Rotary Club of Springfield and its “Rise Against Hunger” Meal Packaging Event on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chisholm Community Center.  Volunteers are needed for the event and those interested can sign-up in Administration Office

Sam Mardini, Assistant Engineer, presented his annual discussion of CDBG Grants from HUD.  There were two items he discussed in his comments.  The first was for bus services for the senior citizens at Chisholm Center. The amount requested of $20,000 is a bit higher than what was received last year, but considered reasonable.  The second request is for a $55,000 grant to help fund the acquisition of a back-up generator for the Freeman Apartments.  These apartments were New Jersey Connect’s (https://njconnect.org/) inaugural project.  Its projects are meant to address the housing needs of people with physical disabilities. Charles Newman, President of New Jersey Connect discussed the need for a generator at the meeting.

In other comments, Mardini said the emergency generator installation at the Chisholm Center was completed at a cost of $100,000.

Adam Lieb, Recreation Director, highlighted a few items including the visible progress being made constructing the Community Pool building.  He also said there will be a winter break camp, a cupcake baking night at Chisholm Center, and the start of an adult dodgeball league with the help of Zog Sports (https://www.zogsports.com/).  Already half the teams are filled.

Township Administrator Shehady’s comments included a coming traffic disruption caused by work to be done by JCP&L.  Next Monday evening, Morris Ave. between Mountain Ave. and Central Ave. will be closed due to work being done on the electric poles in the area.  The work is expected to be completed by Tuesday morning and during the process there may a loss of power in the area and other inconveniences.  Shehady said efforts have been made to contact businesses and residents in the affected area.

In public comments, Barbara Hickey of the Springfield Flood Mitigation Committee requested greater support from the Township Committee in hopes of help the committee have greater impact in the future.  A more formal relationship between the SFMC and the Township Committee will likely be discussed at future meetings.

The next meeting is the only one in December.  It is scheduled for December 19.

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