Fairfield Council Adopts Ordinance Affecting Traffic at Goddard School

Fairfield mayor and council introduce two ordinances and pass one affecting traffic at the Goddard School. Credits: Gail Bottone

FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield Township mayor and council adopted an ordinance on Monday night that allows enforcement of Title 39, which pertains to motor vehicle and traffic regulations, at the Goddard School, 76 Little Falls Road.

The Goddard School shares a parking lot with Dunkin Donuts with ingress and egress on both Little Falls Road and Passaic Avenue. Cars passing the Goddard School are causing a hazardous condition for pedestrians, according to the council.

The school has taken measures to protect pedestrian safety by installing speed tables, adding signage and employing parking lot attendants, but these efforts have been insufficient in resolving the problem.  The landlord, DFK Associates, and the tenant, the Goddard School, requested that the governing body impose Title 39. The mayor and council agreed that it is appropriate to apply Title 39 to this property, stating that it will allow the Fairfield Police Department to enforce it and ensure the safety of pedestrians on the property.

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A bond ordinance was also introduced at the meeting that will provide an appropriation of $1 million for various capital improvements and purposes. It would also authorize the issuance of $950,000 of bonds or notes of the township for financing part of the appropriation. The full ordinance is available to the public at no cost during regular business hours at the clerk’s office until Monday, July 30, the date of the public hearing.

According to the council, the purpose of this ordinance to resurface roads, which could include Addison Drive, South Hampton Drive, Angeline Court, Glenroy Road South, Henning Drive, Lane Road, Cleary Place, Dell Court, Midvale Avenue, Windsor Court, Big Piece Road, Club Road, Mayfair Drive, Edgewood Terrace, Bryn Mawr Way, Old Country, Hickory Terrace, Briarwood Drive, Alan Drive, Birchtree Drive, Phillip Drive, Phyllis Lane, Misner Court, Cole Road, Crestwood Avenue, Hillside Drive, Daniel Road West, Daniel Road East, Evans Street, Commerce Road, Edison Place, Hollywood Park Trail, Plymouth Street Firehouse, Fairfield Road Firehouse and VFW Hall.

It also includes the replacement and rehabilitation of crosswalks on Hollywood Avenue intersections; renovation of the Commerce Road water tank; and various acquisitions for the fire department. These acquisitions include but are not limited to traffic scene lighting, power tools, radios, rescue equipment, fire hose, fire pagers, turnout gear, tools, nozzle/appliance, water rescue equipment and fire station necessities, such as a computer, furniture and radio desk as well as SCBA acquisitions and masks, acquisition of a fire truck (portion of acquisition price), acquisition of a sport utility vehicle for fire prevention and various acquisitions for the office of emergency management, including but not limited to emergency light tower and emergency flood vehicle.

Various acquisitions for parks and recreation are also included, such as an enclosed trailer, tractor with snowplow, soccer nets, mower, renovations to walking path and bocce court. Various acquisitions for the police department include but are not limited to sport utility vehicles, microphones, chargers, computer storage unit, vehicle lock and traffic control equipment.

An ordinance that would amend the code of Fairfield entitled “Solicitors” was also introduced on Monday. If adopted, the ordinance would balance the rights of the solicitors with the public safety and general welfare of the residents. The second reading and public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the council meeting on Monday, July 30.

Fairfield Township Mayor James Gasparini informed the public that the municipal budget will be adopted on Monday, July 16.

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