WEST CALDWELL, NJ — On a night when lightning storms increased fire risks throughout suburban Essex County, the West Caldwell Township Council and Mayor Joseph Tempesta, Jr. approved the appointment of five new auxiliary firefighters during the Township Council meeting held on Aug. 16 at Town Hall.

The new auxiliary firefighters include William Aiello, Thomas Garguilo, Brendon Peter, Thomas Bryant Jr. and Matthew Maddaloni. In addition, the council approved the appointment of Angelo Raffealo Milordo as a police dispatcher.

The mayor and council members acknowledged the service of police officers who are leaving their positions: Cpl. John Kappock, Daniel Gorman and Kristin Maier. Tom Edwards, who is leaving his position as Assistant Recreation Director, was also recognized for his service to the Township.

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In other news, Councilman Michael Docteroff announced that the Township will be opening up a beach-volleyball court in the back of the Township Pool area.

“It will be behind the basketball court, as far away from the pool as possible, to make sure that no sand gets into the filters,” said Docteroff. “I am hopeful that the members of the community will get good usage out of it.”

In an era of rising costs straining town budgets, the Mayor and Council were pleased to pass a resolution to amend the adopted budget due to the revenue that will be coming in via the Clean Communities grant the Township recently received. This grant was obtained from a statewide, comprehensive litter-abatement program that provides funding for clean-up services.

Township Clerk Mary Donovan reported that the township’s voter registration day was a success, with 15 new voters registering, as well as 14 by-mail registrations.

“Mail-in voting is an especially great tool for seniors who would find it very difficult to vote in person,” said Tempesta. “It’s wonderful that they can exercise their right to vote without leaving the comforts of their own homes.”

During the public comment portion of the meeting, resident Frank O’Brien thanked Sue Hands, Essex County Liaison for West Caldwell, for her help in determining who should repair a power-line pole that was leaning onto his property for more than four years. With his house situated on a county road, it was difficult to determine who the responsible party was to do the repair.

In an interview with Hands after the meeting, she thanked Philip DeNoia, Essex County representative for PSE&G, and Mark Bocchieri, Essex County representative for Verizon, for working with her to resolve this issue.

“With their help, it was determined that the Verizon engineers would fix this utility pole. I was pleased to help resolve this issue,” she said. “It once again shows the importance of Essex County Executive Joseph Divincenzo’s initiative to offer townships liaisons who can be very helpful in cases such as this one.”  

A public hearing will take place on Sept. 6 to consider a new ordinance that will establish and create certain offices and positions of employment in the township, as well as establish the grades and salary levels of such offices.