CALDWELL, NJ – In his presentation to the Caldwell mayor and council on Tuesday updating them on problems with the community parking deck, borough engineer Glenn Beckmeyer announced that certain parts of the 28,000-square-foot deck need to be replaced.

“One option is to replace part of the deck that is currently not in use,” he said.

Councilman Richard Hauser asked whether it would be feasible to knock the whole deck down and build a three-tier parking garage, to which Beckmeyer responded that he would have more details at the Nov. 9 meeting.

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“We can’t keep putting band-aids on this deck, it is not fiscally responsible,” said Council President John Cascarano.

Beckmeyer said it would cost approximately $3 million to replace the whole deck, should that be the option the council chooses. He also explained that a protective net should be installed due to the water damage that is currently causing pieces of cement to fall.

Also giving a presentation on Tuesday was Dr. Saj Parathath, a cardiovascular biologist who spoke to the council regarding cardiovascular awareness. He discussed different ways that the borough can participate and educate local youth.

“Health professionals can come into our schools and have educational talks,” he said as an example. “Restaurants can offer a ‘healthier option’ on menus.”

The council agreed to reach out to Parathath for more information.

“I’m all in on this,” Cascarano said.

During the mayor’s report, Ann Dassing said that she had a “productive meeting” with Caldwell College about better communication and partnerships, among other items. Their next meeting is currently scheduled for Jan. 16.

Borough Administrator Paul Carelli thanked the borough’s Department of Public Works (DPW) for working overtime for the fair that occurred in town.

“They cleaned up afterwards, helped block off streets, they did a great job,” he said.  

In conclusion, Cascarano announced that the month of October is “Family Health Challenge,” with activities being held throughout the month.

“Some activities include taking a walk as a family, giving flowers to a neighbor is who live by themselves,” he said.

The next meeting is scheduled for Oc. 17 at 7 p.m.