Editor's Notebook: June 13 Council Meeting
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The borough appointed a full-time Rec Coordinator, an OEM coordinator and a web master at the June 13 meeting of the Mayor and Council.
Kathy Lamont was appointed as the new Full-Time Recreation Coordinator as of July 1 at a salary of $40,000 plus benefits. Lamont is currently filling the position on a part-time basis at $25,000. The council noted the workload for the position is being expanded, and many new programs are being planned in upcoming months.
Joseph Mulligan was appointed as the borough's Office of Emergency Management Coordinator. According to the resolution, Mulligan was appointed to fill a vacancy after Jeffrey Allyn stepped down from the position. Mulligan was initially appointed as the OEM Coordinator in January 2013. His reappointment to the position includes an annual salary of $25,000 with no benefits and is effective May 16.
John Sonday, of EZ2 Read Maps of Midland Park, has been appointed as Webmaster for the borough website. Sonday recently completed the development of the borough's new website at www.midlandparknj.org, for which he was paid a one-time fee of $1,800. For maintenance of the site, including weekly updates, the council approved an annual fee of $1,800 to be paid semi-annually.
The council also introduced Ordinance 07-13, authorizing the spending of $185,000, $150,000 of which is from a state Transportation Grant. The remaining $35,000 comes from the capital improvement fund. The money will be used for road improvements on Spruce Street and Highwood Avenue.
During the Public Portion of the Meeting, a Franklin Avenue resident thanked the borough for their quick response to her complaint of speeding on the street. Signs were posted within a few days of her request. In addition, she noted that Landscape trucks tend to park on the wrong side of the street and in ways that create blind spots for drivers that are an accident waiting to happen. Her recent call to the police department regarding the safety hazard was responded to promptly, with the police officer coming by and directing the truck to move to a safer location. The resident said she appreciates the police's prompt replies to complaints.
A Godwin Avenue resident also thanked the council for responding to her request for a Port-a-John at Wortendyke Park.
In the liaison reports, Councilman Scott Pruiksma reported that Soccer and summer camp registrations are still underway, the baseball charity classic over Memorial Day weekend went very well, and the Rec Barn recieved a donation of a new portable AED. He also reported the Lightning detection unit at the high school field is working very well, and the Rec Department was wondering if an auxiliary unit could be placed at the field at Highland School as well. Pruiksma also reported that the High School athletic director donated three cases of helmets to the rec Baseball and Softball teams and communication with field scheduling and other programs have improved greatly.
Councilman Jack Considine reported the Fire Department recently participated in a Fireman's Field Day at the academy, that had events like bucket brigades and other field tests as well as events for the Ladies Auxiliary.
He also reported the Municipal Alliance had its final meeting of the year, at which they reviewed the past year and began planning for the new year. The organization, which provides anti-drug education to students and parents, feel the past year was very successful, however it is difficult to measure the impact of the program. The alliance intends to try to come up with some measurable objectives in September.
Council man Bernie Holst reported that the roadwork is mostly complete and the new drainage work has been proving effective with all the heavy rains of late.
Maintenanc, propgress, roadwork mostly done, draining is working. Being tested. But it is working.
Borough Clerk-Administrator Adeline Hanna reported the borough is recieving a $44,000 Community Development grant to upgrade the front bathrooms to be ADA compliant.
Following the recent death of Senator Frank Lautenburg, two additional elections have been planned: A primary for Aug. 13 and a general election on Oct. 16. Polls will be open all day.
The meeting was broadcast live on the Midland Park Press Livestream channel and is archived for later viewing.