Fairfield Employees to Receive 2 Percent Raise Following Recent Agreement

William Wallace, Fairfield health officer, presents the health department’s quarterly report to the mayor and council Credits: Gail Bottone

FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield Township Council has agreed to authorize and direct the execution of a collective bargaining agreement by and between Fairfield Township and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employee New Jersey Council 52 Local 2192A Fairfield.

All employees who fit under this agreement will receive a 2 percent raise, according to the mayor and council.

In other news, William Wallace, Fairfield health officer, presented the health department’s quarterly report to the mayor and council during their recent meeting. Councilman Tom Morgan asked Wallace specifically about restaurant inspections, and Wallace responded that all inspections were satisfactory.

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One facility had some structural issues that are being addressed, he said. Wallace also stated that restaurants are inspected twice a year with “aggressive enforcement.”

Mayor James Gasparini expressed the council’s condolences on the deaths of Kevin Ryan, Essex County undersheriff, who was on the response team that always helped Fairfield, especially during the floods, and Rocco Donatiello, 29, who died in a head-on collision Sunday morning involving a wrong-way driver on Route 80. He and his family own Manhattan Bagel restaurants in Fairfield and River Vale.

Council President John LaForgia reminded everyone that the Fairfield’s Independence Day celebration will be held on Monday, July 2 starting at 5 p.m. at the Hollywood Avenue Park.

A variety of food will be available for purchase, and there will be free face painting from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Entertainment will begin at 7:30 p.m. with The Belle Tones and The Cameos, and the fireworks will begin at dark about 9:15 p.m.

The rain date for the fireworks is Aug. 7 at National Night Out. Fireworks are sponsored by the Calandra family.

In addition, Gasparini said that the landscaping at the library is 99 percent complete. He invited residents to see the landscaping improvements and enjoy the facility.

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