FAIRFIELD, NJ — In addition to introducing an amendment to the township’s current sign ordinance, the Fairfield Township Council also adopted four new ordinances during last week’s mayor and council meeting.

According to Fairfield Mayor James Gasparini, the amendment to the sign ordinance would tweak the current one to “make signs more esthetically pleasing.”

He also explained the reasoning behind a newly adopted ordinance that prohibits the placement of sports equipment in public rights-of-way.

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He noted at a previous meeting that equipment, such as portable basketball systems, can become a hazard—especially when the township is snow plowing or when drivers are turning around on a non-cul-de-sac street.

According to the ordinance, sporting equipment should not interfere with the free flow of traffic, garbage or recycling collection, street clearing or any other utility operations. Gasparini stated that each case will be looked at individually.

The second ordinance adopted last week requires the township zoning officer to report all activities, including complaints and cases processed to the township engineer. Gasparini previously stated that this would improve communications within town hall.

The third adopted ordinance appropriates $960,000 for the acquisition of computer hardware and software, a police communication radio system and a 9-1-1 system. It also authorizes the issuance of $912,000 in bonds or notes for financing part of the appropriation.

At a previous meeting, Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna explained that the old system is outdated and would not allow effective intercommunication with other police departments.

According to Manna, the Fairfield Police Foundation has agreed to contribute more than $300,000 for this new communication system.

The fourth ordinance allows the township to update information for the community rating system (CRS) as it relates to flooding. According to Business Administrator Joseph Catenaro, because of the township’s proactivity with the CRS, residents are paying 20 percent less for flood insurance.

The next mayor and council meeting will be held on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.