WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The council met via a Zoom platform to conduct their meeting once again this week. Mayor Joseph Tempesta thanked Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo for providing a COVID-19 satellite testing site at James Caldwell High School this past Tuesday and thanked the administration in Caldwell for their assistance. Tempesta remarked that residents must continue to be diligent and follow protocols and added: “people are starting to get lax.” Tempesta will continue to send out his reverse 911 messages on Friday evenings until further notice to provide updates to the community as it relates to the pandemic.
Consent agenda items included a unanimous vote by the council to continue the “early bird discount” for pool registration fees for the remainder of the summer season. Introduced on first reading by finance chairmen Councilman Michael Crudele were three ordinances that would approve bonds or notes for various improvements for the pool utility, water utility and capital projects throughout the township. Second reading will be during the next council meeting in August.
Council President Kathy Canale thanked the members of the Department of Public Works (DPW) for their efforts and professionalism addressing the water main break that recently occurred. She stated: “this was a big problem that could have been catastrophic, and I am happy we have such a great team at DPW.” Canale also said that by the end of the week the Cavell Place paving project will be completed.
Councilman Joseph Cecere reported that the parks are all open now and that the Library Board will be conducting a meeting in person with social distancing restrictions. The Gazebo concerts are set to begin on July 23rd beginning at 7:30 p.m., although no food with be available for purchase this summer. Additional concert dates are: July 30, August 6, August 13, and August 20.
Councilman Stephen Wolsky stated that the Environmental Commission will be holding their meeting in Crane Park with social distancing measures in place. Crudele updated his colleagues reporting that Camp Wyanokie is having its “busiest season on record”.
The next council meeting will be held August 11, 2020.