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Verona Council Adopts Three Ordinances, Pool Memberships and Parades Discussed

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Council discusses new ordinances among various topics Credits: Jason Moussab
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VERONA,NJ – The Verona Town Council adopted three ordinances on second reading, and discussed pool memberships and the annual baseball and softball parade at its meeting Tuesday.

The first is a bond ordinance of $825,000 for WWTP roof replacement. The purpose of the ordinance is to improve the water and utility buildings by the replacement of roof on five buildings and the replacement of the air handling unit at the advanced treatment building. Additionally, there will be an installation of a new chemical feed system as required by NJ Permit.

The usefulness of these installations should last 20 years each, according to the ordinance.

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The second ordinance that was passed had to deal a name change to the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The group asked, and unanimously approved by council, to be named the Historic Preservation Commission.

The third ordinance that was passed was assembling Verona’s Green Team. A couple of the team’s purpose is to manage Verona’s participation in the sustainable jersey program, encourage the township residents and employees to pursue sustainable practices where possible and implement the town’s environmental goals, and promote the causes of sustainability with Verona.

The Green Team consists of 15 members including the township manager or his designee, a member of the governing body, the Environmental and Shade Tree Commission, along with three full-time salaried employees of Verona, and eight public members who are residents of the town.  

According to the ordinance, the team shall meet at the discretion of the chairman at least once per calendar quarter.

The town also passed, on first reading, an adult individual twilight membership for the pool. Any member who buys the $175 adult individual twilight membership is permitted to enter the pool every day of the week beginning at 5 p.m.

Also, season membership for active members of the Verona Fire Department and/or rescue squad with a minimum of one year of service and members of the immediate families who reside in the household are exempt from paying a pool fee, according to the ordinance.  

The council also passed a resolution authorizing a hold harmless agreement with the County of Essex for the installation of a pedestrian crosswalk and signage on Fairview Ave at Linden Ave.

Deputy Mayor Michael Nochimson suggested to the board that the pool be accessible for seniors who can’t drive there or pay the seasonal pass. He recommended a “Senior Day” or “Night” throughout the summer and have the shuttle drive them to and from the pool.

Also, Nochimson, asked that the Lacrosse League be part of the Verona Baseball and Softball League parade at the beginning of Spring. He said that lacrosse has been a huge success in Verona with 300 kids in the program, ranging from all grades.

Mayor Kevin Ryan stated that any organization wishing to have a parade must submit a formal request.

“It is not the obligation of the council to dictate who should march in a parade. It is up to the organization,” he said.

Councilman Jay Sniatkowski said that each sport has their own celebration. Councilmen Bob Manley and Alex Roman agreed with Ryan and Sniatkowski on the matter.

The next scheduled meetings is scheduled for March 6, 7 p.m., in the Municipal Building.

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