Dunellen Borough Council Advances Infrastructure and Public Safety Measures

In a recent session, the Dunellen Borough Council addressed infrastructure concerns, public safety, community development, and cultural initiatives. The council approved ordinances and resolutions regarding sewer repairs, traffic regulations, and redevelopment agreements, while also discussing the introduction of community-focused events and programs. New appointments to public positions and committees were also notable topics of the meeting.

A point of interest was the unanimous approval of an emergency sewer repair contract awarded to Stillo Paving and Excavation, addressing a issue on Jackson Avenue. The urgency of the matter was underscored by Council member Daniel Cole Sigmon, who commended the Department of Public Works and the Police Department for their prompt response to the problem before Christmas. The discussion expanded to consider the potential of lining the entire sewer and rectifying a flat in the nearby brook to prevent future issues.

Adding to the infrastructure theme, the council introduced Ordinance 20242 concerning sewer improvements linked to the Denell Station development. A special meeting was set for January 29th to delve further into this ordinance. Enhancing local traffic safety, Ordinance 20243 was presented to establish a no-passing zone on North Washington Avenue.

The council demonstrated a stance on local development and housing by approving the Second Amendment to the Redevelopment Agreement with 150 North Urban Renewal LLC. This amendment ensures that the developer, Mr. Bani Reality Group, fulfills the affordable housing obligations previously missed at North within a new project. Similarly, the First Amendment to the Redevelopment Agreement with 1879 Morris AB Associates LLC was passed, further accentuating the council’s focus on responsible urban planning and development.

This was complemented by the announcement of future hiring opportunities within the department, part of the broader discussions around public safety which included updates on arrests and traffic enforcement activities.

The appointment of new members to the Denell and Shay Tree Commission, namely Mr. Robert Rios and Miss Sue Butterworth, was announced by Mayor Jason F. Cilento. The committee’s objective is to provide guidance on green initiatives and pursue Sustainable Jersey certification.

Council President Teresa Albertson provided updates on community activities, including the delivery of a new fire truck and the completion of murals for the South Madison Avenue underpass.

Council member Trina Rios reported on the Dunellen Public Library and the Recreation Department’s programs and events. The chunky blanket knitting class and the annual senior holiday party were among the highlighted activities.

Council member Joseph Paltjon discussed the Mayor’s Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Task Force, emphasizing the task force’s educational campaigns and the search for volunteers. The restoration of the Mau house was also a topic of his update.

Hal Vandermark shared news on the Dunellen Arts and Culture Commission’s events, including performances and the Madison Avenue mural project.

A resolution to award a townwide garage sale by Boy Scout Troops 129 and the hiring of staff for the recreation department—including administrative support, coaching staff, and instructors—were passed with unanimous support.

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.

Mayor:
Jason F. Cilento
City Council Officials:
Trina Rios, Teresa Albertson, Jessica Dunne, Joseph Paltjon, Daniel Cole Sigmon, Hal Vandermark

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