SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Former Mayor Clara T. Harelik, real estate attorney, addressed the Township Committee on the Ordinance that was introduced on construction and renovation site safety fencing.

While she did see the need for more protection of construction sites, she said, “There are things in the ordinance that are not practical.”

She questioned when building a subdivision why fence in the whole subdivision. She felt it should be confined to the construction site. She explained, “You can adequately protect the subdivision by fencing in just the property being worked on. The way this is written will bring on problems down the line.”  She then enumerated other issues with the ordinance including the eight hour violation notifications, etc.

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The ordinance passed with a dissenting vote by Township Committeewoman Vassallo. Later in the meeting, Committeewoman DuBois changed her vote to no. The ordinance passed 3-2.

A second ordinance under first reading was regarding the Rahway Valley Sewer Authority sewer connection. It tightened regulations preventing clear water, usually storm water, entering the sewer connection.

There was one resolution pulled for discussion. The resolution grants the Township’s support to the traffic restrictions proposed by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. This traffic light at Morris Avenue, Morris Turnpike and Cleveland Place is part of the Wawa application. Mayor Huber wanted to see the traffic studies for the hour between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. 

The Mayor said, “I have been there during that hour and I can’t move.”  Committeewoman Vassallo objected saying this was all discussed and debated by the Planning Board. Sam Mardini suggested that the traffic studies could be handed out and reviewed for the next meeting. A motion was made to table the resolution. It passed 4-1 with Vassallo dissenting. She said, “After all of this time I am trying to understand why this light is an issue.”

During announcements it was mentioned that there will be a Stigma-Free event Saturday May 12 at 2 p.m. at the Chisholm Community Center. The Memorial Day Parade is Monday, May 28, 10 a.m. at Veteran’s Park followed by a parade at the High School. The National Association of Letter Carriers is conducting a food drive Saturday May 12 and ask supporters to please leave donated items on their front door step.

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