FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Hollywood Avenue bridge in Fairfield will be closed from late June to sometime in November, Fairfield Mayor James Gasparini announced at Monday’s in-person council meeting. The entire bridge deck is being replaced by the state. 

Some work will be done on the bridge before the June closing, but none of the repairs will affect access to and from Route 46. The closing also will take place after the public schools are closed for the summer.

Gasparini gave a warning to those who are involved in criminal mischief at the Hollywood Avenue Recreational Complex. He said, “The police are increasing patrols and will be employing other strategies to catch individuals doing damage to public property. Those who are caught will either be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, made to make restitution for the damage caused or both. So far, the police department has apprehended three individuals doing damage.” 

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Last week, the New Jersey Department of Transportation announced daytime lane closures for the next several weeks on Route 46 in both directions between Rt. 23 and Passaic Avenue/County Road 613, as the Passaic River Bridge project advances in Fairfield and Wayne. These closures will take place Monday through Friday for several weeks beginning this week between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The closures will be for electrical conduit installation, curb construction and pavement work. One lane in each direction will be maintained. The mayor said, “Motorists should expect delays.”

Because mailboxes were damaged this winter due to snowplowing, the governing body introduced an ordinance that limits the reimbursement for mailbox damage or replacement to $250. The public hearing will be at the next council meeting on Monday, May 24.

An ordinance was passed that regulates signs and temporary signs in the township. Because of first amendment rights, the messages on the signs cannot be censored, but the ordinance regulates sign height, size and the maximum number of signs permitted on one property.  

Because many residents have enjoyed outside dining, an ordinance creating a special event/seasonal dining outdoor dining permit was passed. 

The New Jersey Attorney General is mandating that all uniformed police officers be equipped with body cameras by June. The police department has contacted Motorola to purchase Watchguard body cams for all officers. It will cost $185,000. The department has applied for a grant from the $58 million that the State has set aside for the mandate. The department expects that most of the cost will be funded by this grant

The Fairfield Police Foundation is hosting its annual golf outing on Monday, June 7 at the Knoll West Country Club in Parsippany beginning at 8 a.m. The cost per golfer is $300. If anyone is interested in more information, contact Sgt. R.J. Casendino at the police department.

The Fairfield Municipal Alliance Committee (FMAC) received a grant, which it has received for many years. This year the grant is for $22,206. Under the direction of Denise Cafone, FMAC plans many events such as Winter Wonderland and Town Day.

Councilman John LaForgia announced that Fairfield will provide a summer camp program from June 28 through July 30. There will be morning outdoor activities only. If it rains, there will be no camp. He also announced that there will be fireworks and a food event on June 30.  Details depend on State COVID guidelines.

The recreation department is providing the New Jersey Boating License and Boat Safety Course.  A boat license and a New Jersey Boat Safety Certificate are required to operate a power vessel or personal watercraft, such as a jet ski or wave runner. The course costs $80, and classes are limited to 24. If interested, see the Fairfield Recreation’s website. 

The governing body gave a proclamation on UDrive, UText, UPay, a distracted driving crackdown. In the country, distracted driving has caused 2,841 deaths and 400,000 injuries. It contributed to 50 percent of all crashes in 2018.

The mayor and council gave their condolences to the Vanderhoof family. On April 16, William H. Vanderhoof, a long-time Fairfield resident and retired Fairfield police chief, passed away. Vanderhoof served on the Fairfield Police Department for 31 years and was a graduate of the 103rd Session of the FBI National Academy. His father, William H. Vanderhoof, Sr. was one of the original officers hired when the Fairfield Police Department was first established in 1937, and he also served as chief of police.