Fairfield Council: Concerns Raised About Condition of Pier Lane and More

Fairfield Township mayor and council pass an ordinance on regulating the installation of communication antenna(s) within the public right-of-way. Credits: Gail Bottone
Resident James Lowe addresses the mayor and council on the condition of Pier Lane. Credits: Gail Bottone

FAIRFIELD, NJ — After it was announced earlier this week that the Township of Fairfield was recently selected to receive a $210,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Municipal Aid Program for the rebuilding of Spielman Road, questions were raised as to the reparation of Pier Lane in Fairfield.

During Monday’s council meeting, Fairfield resident James Lowe asked the governing body whether there are any plans to the roadway, stating that it has been many years since the road was paved and that it is in disrepair.

Mayor James Gasparini responded that roadwork is determined by many different factors, one of which is the volume of use. He said that the township would look into this matter.

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Gasparini also announced at Monday’s council meeting that Fairfield residents and businesses can expect a “Door-to-Door to Do More initiative to begin this month. This community policing initiative will involve police officers going door to door to every home and business in the township and handing out booklets that include important information on the community.

“More importantly, it will allow officers to meet our residents and business owners and to hear first-hand from them the concerns of the community,” said Gasparini.

He added that this will help the governing body and police department to identify these matters and then determine what the township can do to address them. The cost of the booklet printing was donated by Clark Printing, located on Audrey Place in Fairfield.

Also during the meeting, thanks to donations from approximately 20 local businesses, students at Stevenson School students recently enjoyed a presentation of the “Officer Phil Program,” which uses magic and puppet characters to teach students various safety lessons.

Township Administrator Joseph Catenaro addressed the fact that the video portion of council meeting broadcasts has not been working. He explained that the company that installed the system was bought over by another company, and that the representatives who dealt with the township have not been available.

The new company said that the township’s warranty ran out in December 2017. Catenaro said that the contract will be looked over, and that the township will either engage the current vendor or find a different one. He is hoping to have a solution by the next council meeting.

Councilman Thomas Morgan also announced that applications are currently being accepted for lifeguards at the community pool, Council President John LaForgia announced that an Easter egg hunt will be held on the turf field on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m.

In other news, the mayor and council adopted a previously proposed ordinance that will regulate the installation of communication antennas within the public right-of-way.

The next mayor and council meeting will be on Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m.

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