Cedar Grove Town Council Advances Environmental Measures Amidst Routine Affairs

In a recent meeting, the Cedar Grove Town Council passed several ordinances aimed at environmental protection, including stormwater management and limiting exposure of de-icing materials to stormwater. Amidst routine administrative procedures and appointments, these environmental measures took center stage.

The council unanimously passed ordinance number 23-921, which aims to protect the environment from the negative impacts of salt storage on privately owned properties. Councilman John Zazzali explained that the ordinance was designed to prevent salt and other solid de-icing materials from being exposed to and leaching into stormwater. Penalties will be levied for failure to comply with the regulations set out in the ordinance.

In addition to the salt storage ordinance, the council also passed ordinance number 23-922, amending the town’s stormwater management policy. Councilman Zazzali elaborated that the amendment incorporates updates and modifications recommended by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The revised ordinance prioritizes flood control, groundwater recharge, and pollutant reduction through the use of stormwater management measures, including green infrastructure best management practices and non-structural stormwater management strategies.

The council also tackled the issue of road maintenance, passing ordinance number 23-923, which amends the town’s policy regarding right-of-way construction. The ordinance sets forth a moratorium for roads within five years and specifies the requirement for curb-to-curb repaving after a road has been opened for construction or utility access.

In other business, the council announced the reappointment of various township officials and the designating of official newspapers for the upcoming year. The meeting also included a reminder about the town’s upcoming tree lighting ceremony, postponed due to rain, and an update on server upgrades for the finance department.

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.

Joseph Maceri
City Council Officials:
Kerry Peterson, Melissa Skabich, Michele Mega, John Zazzali

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