FAIRFIELD, NJ — Proposed ordinances dealing with use of sporting equipment in public right-of-ways in Fairfield and communications within Fairfield Town Hall were recently introduced and discussed at January’s last mayor and council meeting. Public hearings on both ordinances will be held on Monday, Feb. 27.

As he explained the first ordinance, Mayor James Gasparini said that some sporting equipment, such as portable basketball systems, can become hazardous—especially when the township is plowing or when drivers are turning around. Gasparini stated that the ordinance would allow for each case to be looked at individually.

The second proposed ordinance, entitled “Creation of Offices and Positions,” would improve communications within town hall, according to the mayor.

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In other news, Gasparini announced the retirement of engineering department members Rosa Oliva after 25 years of service. As he congratulated Oliva on her retirement, he said that it was wonderful working with such an exemplary employee.

Catenaro also wished her well in her retirement, stating that he wished he could clone another employee just like her. According to Catenaro, Oliva always exhibited a strong work ethic and loved coming to work every day.

The mayor also announced that the Fairfield Public Library board is interviewing for a new library director and hopes to have one in place soon following the resignation of Brianne Colombo.

Councilman Michael McGlynn reported that the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department responded to 29 calls this month, including one at the Fairfield Animal Hospital. Departments from six neighboring municipalities assisted Fairfield in knocking controlling the blaze.

Councilman Thomas Morgan encouraged the community to take advantage of the Fairfield pool’s early-bird special, as membership fees will increase this season to about $15 or $20.

Additionally, the council approved the authorization of Michael R. Weisberg and Charles W. Winsor as probationary fire fighters as well as Donna Polifonte as a part-time secretary in the fire prevention office.

To read more about this meeting, where the Messineo brothers thanked members of the Fairfield Police Department for the compassion they showed when their father suffered a heart attack, click HERE.

The next mayor and council meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 10 at 7:00 p.m.