VERONA, NJ — A public hearing will be held on May 3 for an ordinance introduced by the Verona Township Council this week approving an expenditure for the construction of two new ramps.

The ordinance calls for the appropriation of $195,000, including $99,840 that is expected to be received as a Community Development Block Grant, and authorizing the issuance of $195,000 bonds or notes of the township to finance.

One ramp will be newly constructed to replace the current ramp at Town Hall, and the other ramp will be built at F.N. Brown School.

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“We also applied for a ramp at Forest Avenue School up to the playground,” Township Manager Matthew Cavallo said. “That ramp, when it was being engineered, was determined to be not feasible. The ramp would have been super long. So we spoke to the superintendent. We cut that ramp out. We only have two ramps left. 

“We do have $99,000 from a grant, but we do need to offset that by some of our own money. This ordinance authorizes the expenditure.”

Cavallo said in response to a question by Ted Giblin that the township would be responsible for funding about $65,000 in construction costs.

Although one of the two ramps being built will be at a school, Cavallo said that none of the funding would come out of the Board of Education’s budget.