Bloomingdale Council Plans for Enhanced Community Engagement

The Bloomingdale Borough Council meeting addressed a variety of issues significant to community development and engagement, with the council outlining plans for the summer camp, discussing the potential update to Easter celebrations, and the pursuit of grants for public improvement projects. The meeting, absent of routine formalities, delved into matters affecting local residents, from recreational programming to infrastructure challenges.

Among the topics, the council’s discussion on the forthcoming summer camp was particularly notable. The intention to commence the camp on June 24th and run through August 16th was set with the aim of circumventing the previous year’s initiation delay, which led to a reduction in camp participation.

The Easter event’s potential shift from a traditional Bonnet contest to golden eggs was another point of interest. The new concept involves special eggs and sponsor participation.

Further, the council discussed applying for County open space grants specifically for playground and backstop development, illustrating a commitment to enhancing recreational spaces for residents. Alongside this, a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application for senior floor development was mentioned.


Infrastructure issues were also on the agenda, with the council addressing a clogged pipe problem on Popper and Ty Street causing water flow disruption and flooding concerns. Plans to resolve this issue were brought forth.

In terms of community engagement and safety, the council announced the receipt of a grant for the community garden, an initiative that promotes local agriculture and sustainability. The pending ordinance amendment for block party regulations was highlighted, aiming to simplify the approval process and establish new rules in response to a rise in applications.

Public safety and accountability emerged as a priority with the resolution for a grant application for police body-worn cameras. This move is intended to update outdated equipment and secure funding to alleviate budgetary impacts.


The meeting also touched on the application for a grant for exercise equipment at Walter T. Bergen School, with the goal of expanding the existing exercise area, offering additional fitness options to residents, and promoting health and wellness.

As the council moved through these agenda items, they also took a moment to acknowledge the retirement of Patty from the library, celebrating her service and announcing her upcoming retirement party. Community announcements continued with mentions of upcoming events at the library, senior center, and first aid squad, as well as training opportunities, town programs, and local business openings, further underscoring the council’s involvement in local happenings.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

John D’Amato
City Council Officials:
Dawn Hudson, Dominic Catalano, John Graziano, Richard Dellaripa, Evelyn Schubert, Ray Yazdi

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