FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield Township Council will hold final hearings during a virtual meeting on May 26 at 7 p.m. that will be open to the public for any comments or questions on these and other items.

In response to the effects that the COVID-19 outbreak has had and will continue to have on local businesses, the township introduced an amendment to the current sewer rates in order to charge commercial and industrial properties based on quarterly meter readings rather than utilizing an estimated charge based on the fourth quarter.

According to the township council, which proposed to amend the ordinance during a special meeting last week, this action will be “more equitable” and will not affect residential billing.

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Another ordinance introduced earlier this month proposes to waive any inspection requirements for liquor license renewals due to the pandemic.

The third ordinance being heard at the May 26 would appropriate funds for various police department acquisitions, such as patrol car graphics, sport utility vehicles, equipment for three new police vehicles, defibrillators, traffic reconstruction investigation equipment, thermos imaging camera, stop the bleed training kit, data collection equipment for traffic studies, CPR device, Glock handguns, computer hardware, software, electronics equipment, such as, computers, laptops and televisions, fitness equipment and kitchen appliances.

According to the council, the estimated cost is $260,000, and the estimated maximum amount of bonds or notes is $247,000.

The proposed ordinance amends a previous one that appropriated $1.25 million for various capital improvements and authorized the issuance of $1,187,500 in bonds and notes for financing part of the appropriation.

Due to COVID-19 shutdowns, all meetings of the Fairfield Township Council are being conducted via conference call until further notice. The public is able to partake in these meetings telephonically. The number to dial in will be available on the agenda on the day of the next meeting.