CALDWELL, NJ - Ann Marchioni and members of the Environmental Commission presented Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing and members of the township council with an update Tuesday night on the effects and dangers that plastic has had upon the environment and the impact on the food chain with a film entitled “A Plastic Notion." 

Marchioni and her membership requested that the council support a non-binding resolution encouraging merchants and residents of Caldwell to utilize reusable bag instead of further endangering the environment with the continuation of plastic bags.

The mayor and council engaged in a discussion over the need for more parking in the borough and how best to move the process along. It was noted that in larger communities, a parking authority is an option whose sole purpose would be to ensure that adequate parking is available by having the prerogative to authorize studies and oversee construction jobs.

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Dassing suggested an RFP (request for professional services) be posted on the League of Municipality website to begin the dialogue and continue to seek resolution to the parking deficit in the community.

In other business, Dassing reported that Borough Engineer Glen Beckmeyer has said that a four-way STOP sign will be installed at the intersection of Hatfield and Forest and there will be greater police presence as the new school year begins in September, ensuring that motorists are aware of the new traffic-calming measures. 

The council also supported a resolution supports the United States Senate Bill S.3036, the “Keep Families Together Act” in response to recent events at the nation's southern border. 

"There is no written law governing this act, it is a policy that has gone too far," said Councilman Jonathan Lace. "The president can stop this will a phone call and we need to speak up as a community."

The next council meeting will be held on July 17.

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