CALDWELL, NJ -- Borough Council President Francis Rodgers presented proclamations at Tuesday’s meeting to three members of local Boy Scout Troop #6 from St. Aloysius Church for achieving the highly coveted Eagle Scout honor.
Scouts Timothy Brown, Ryan Stevens and James Stevens were recognized for their achievements and community service. Projects included documentation of the Revolutionary War, creating lending libraries by the Grover Cleveland House and enhancing environmental literacy.
Caldwell University students Lamar Chang, Roksana Korbi, Ned Ogoemesim and Jose Perez presented their project that utilizes an online platform to connect the University, the borough and the business community. Councilwoman Christine Schmidt has been working with the students as the borough expands interactions with the University.
Mayor John Kelley began the council meeting with a moment of silence to honor and remember the victims of the recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. Kelley stated, “The events that played out this week remind us how important our first responders are.”
Police Chief James H. Bongiorno, who was in attendance, noted, “As we take part in National Night Out, we need to remember that no one is immune and it can happen anywhere, anytime. Law enforcement trains and prepares for this and we hope we never have to use our training for such an event. If you see something, say something, tell someone and let law enforcement know something is wrong.
In other news, the council passed by a 4-1 vote (Pasquale Capozzoli voting no) an ordinance to allow for the municipality to exceed the municipal budget appropriation limits and to establish a cap bank for the calendar year 2019.
During committee reports, Schmidt apprised the public that the library board held an emergency meeting on July 27 to discuss and prepare for posting for a new library director. A search committee has been selected and the job should be posted shortly.
Under new business, Councilman Jonathan Lace discussed the upcoming street fair and whether not-for-profit entities would be permitted to set up tables by the Kiwanis Club after paying the required fee of $175 per table. Discussion among the council and Kelley ultimately led to consideration of allowing not-for-profits, free of charge, to set their tables up on the town green.
During his report, Kelley apprised that bids for the parking deck would be out by the end of the month. Kelley stated his office has been in touch with the Essex County Elections office making plans for alternative polling sites since the Community Center will not be accessible on Election Day in November due to the construction. As schools will be closed for the day, Superintendent of Schools James Heinegg has offered the schools as an alternative.
The crosswalk across Bloomfield Avenue in front of St. Aloysius Church will be painted over and will no longer be utilized as ordered by the county.
The next Borough Council meeting will be Aug. 20.