Caldwell Council Discusses Street Parking, New Street Signs and More


CALDWELL, NJ – A new ordinance adopted by the Caldwell Borough Council on Tuesday will allow some residents to park in front of their homes for more than three hours.

“Presently we have three-hour parking on certain streets to try and avoid a ‘park and ride’ for the bus stop,” said Council President John Cascarano.

The council tabled another ordinance that would allow the three-hour time limit on additional streets. The council is still considering the ordinance, but with a few provisions.

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In other news, Cascarano also announced that he requested information from PSE&G regarding the ongoing investigation into the Orchard Square fire in November.

“I worked my contacts and sent an email to someone in PSE&G seeking information concerning the cause of the fire,” said Cascarano, who also suggested that all residents install smoke, carbon and explosive detectors in their homes.

Borough Administrator Paul Carelli announced that it was recommended to him to not refurbish the borough’s current generator, but to look into purchasing two 100-kilowatt generators in its place.

“One generator would service the firehouse and lighting for the community center,” he said. “The second would service the police station.”

Carelli also displayed the new street signs that will be up to state regulations beginning in January 2018. According to Carelli, the state mandates that the name should start with an uppercase letter with the rest being lower case.

“Some of the streets signs are ineligible and have poor reflectivity,” said Cascarano.

Borough Attorney Greg Mascera said that this new display is easily recognizable to drivers. He said that it will help drivers identify the names of the streets without them having to slow down and possibly cause accidents.

In other business, the council requested that Carelli to obtain quotes of less than $40,000 to mill and pave the lower part of Birkendene Road. Because of the condition of the road, Caldwell Councilman Thomas O’Donnell requested that this be acted upon immediately before winter.

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