FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield community came together once again on Monday to remember those who lost their lives on 9/11 and “also to pay tribute to the first responders who put their lives on the line every day, everywhere, on our behalf,” mayor James Gasparini said in the township’s memorial garden prior to Monday’s council meeting.

The mayor and council, administration, the police department’s honor guard, and other township employees and residents gathered outside at the public safety building’s memorial garden to remember the events of 9/11.

“We will always remember the lives lost sixteen years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, especially one of our own, John P. Salamone,” said Gasparini. “We must also remember the lives which are still being invested in the cause of liberty. In a special way, we need to remember and pray for the safety of the young men and women who are serving this great country overseas and also our first responders right here at home who protect us each and every day in this uncertain world in which we now live.”

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A special 9/11 banner was placed over the memorial garden monument in tribute to the victims, the heroes, and those still serving the country.

During the regular meeting, the mayor and council introduced an amendment to an ordinance entitled “Multi-Way Stops.” The amended ordinance, if passed, will add three-way stop signs at designated intersections on Big Piece Road at Esposito Drive and Kennedy Drive.

The mayor said that in the past, three-way stops signs were added at other township locations, and that they have helped to increase safety. The second and final reading of the ordinance will be at the next council meeting on Monday, Sept. 25.

The mayor and council also passed two ordinances authorizing the acquisition of land by gift from Fieldfair Corp. and Kaypark Homes, Inc. This land is located at the end of West Drive.

Another ordinance was passed relating to the feeding of wildlife. It was said that the feeding of certain wildlife within the township poses a significant nuisance and health risk to the public.

Because of this, there is to be no feeding or baiting of wildlife including but not limited to bears, deer, feral cats, Canada geese, wild turkeys, pigeons and waterfowl. According to the ordinance, bird feeders are allowed.