NORTH CALDWELL, NJ – The North Caldwell Borough Council provided an update on the demolition of municipal buildings at its council meeting on Tuesday and said that one of the structures will need to have a tank removal.

According to the council, the removal of the building could cost the town up to approximately $65,000.

“The town shouldn’t spend money now, considering there are other expenses the town needs to do—dredge pond, fix fields,” said Councilman John Chiaia.

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Council President Cynthia Santomauro agreed with Chiaia, stating that, for the time being, there are other expenses that the borough should focus on.

The council also discussed the cost of a dog park. Borough Engineer Frank Zichelli researched the topic and said most parks are between a half-acre and one acre, with gravel, cement, and a water facility to clean the dogs paws and to excavate the land. The total cost would amount to $170,000, he said, but without the gravel it would cost approximately $75,000.

Zichelli also updated the council that on the borough’s need to go out to bid on motor fuel.

“We go out to bid every two years,” he said. “We usually don’t get any bids, so we go out for a second time, and if no company submits a bid, we are free to negotiate with anyone.”

Currently, Exxon and Sunoco are the providers for the town.

Another topic discussed was giving seniors a discount for a tennis membership that is similar to the pool membership.

Councilman Joshua Raymond suggested that in order to better communicate with borough, perhaps the council should hold a “Coffee with the Council,” where citizens can discuss topics with council representatives without feeling intimidated by the setting of a formal council meeting.

“Caldwell and Roseland have done these types of meetings,” said Raymond.

It was suggested that is possible told hold this type of meeting at the North Caldwell Fireman’s Hall or during an event like movies at the pool.

A concerned citizen told the council that Fireman’s Field needs to have a sign that keeps people off the field during inclement weather. Borough Attorney David Paris responded that perhaps an ordinance needs to be made, in addition to a sign, so that people stay off the field.

Resident Wendy Ross said that she would like to see the council be more involved with North Caldwell’s Board of Education. Mayor Joseph Alessi stated that members from both organizations attend each other’s meetings.

“We have a closed-door meeting with the board on May 18,” Alessi told Ross.

It was also announced that 92-year-old Cass Gilbert has been named as the Grand Marshall for the Memorial Day parade. 

The next council meeting is scheduled for May 16, where the resolution to adopt the 2017 Municipal Budget will be voted on.