CALDWELL, NJ – The Borough of Caldwell was recently fined $1,000 and $2,000 by the Essex County Health Department for having a strong odor from its treatment sewer plant, according to Borough Administrator Paul Carelli.

Carelli addressed this issue with the mayor and council at the borough council meeting on Tuesday.

“I have asked the health official to come in front of the council and explain his reasoning why he was fining the town,” said Carelli. “He seemed reluctant to do so. He also fined the compost owner for having a strong odor of mulch.”

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Councilman Richard Houser asked how the department measured the odor considering that the town spent $16 million renovating the treatment plant. Carelli responded that he was given a chart on how they determined the odor, but still asked the official to address the council.

“I went through the compost area with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection last year and we were not fined,” said Councilman Kristian Brown.

Carelli said that he is going to try and push the health official to address the council at an upcoming meeting about the situation.

In other news, the council also adopted an ordinance that will amend and supplement fire prevention of the revised general ordinance for the borough. According to the council, this means that non-life hazard residential buildings—such as garden apartment complexes with three-or-more stories—will be charge an annual fee.  

“I want to thank everyone involved in making this ordinance official and making our borough safer,” said Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing.

A proposed ordinance is expected to be on the next meeting’s agenda regarding liquor hours on Sundays. It was mentioned at the last meeting by Council President John Cascarano that he would like to see the borough extend its hours in correlation with the state law.

Currently, 6 p.m. is the latest that liquor sales can be made in the Borough of Caldwell on Sundays. According to the state law, this can be extended to 10 p.m.

George Stafford, Outreach Director of the New Jersey Highlands Coalition, asked the council to consider two resolutions. The first is to request the state to release NJDEP water plan prior to 2011 and to provide additional open space funding to provide more ground water recharge.

“In 1996, the state approved updating the state water plan every five years, but they still have not released the 2011 numbers,” he said. “Twenty-five percent of loss water is due to infrastructure systems.”

He also noted that June 1 begins Open Space Month.

The next meeting is scheduled for May 2 at 7 p.m.