Dunellen Council Address Fire Response, Nurse Shortage, and Infrastructure Improvements
At the recent Dunellen Borough Council meeting, the Council grappled with several issues, including the response to the recent fire at the Dunellen Hotel, the need for nurse staffing standards, and planned sewer improvements. The Council also touched on the upcoming holiday events and the state of the borough’s infrastructure.
Mayor Jason F. Cilento kicked off the meeting with an address about the recent fire at the Dunellen Hotel. Extending his heartfelt gratitude to the emergency services for their swift response and the community for their outpouring of support, Mayor Cilento underscored the importance of solidarity in times of crisis. The Fire Department shared their experiences from the incident, highlighting their efforts in assisting displaced individuals and coordinating with the American Red Cross for support.
The Council then took up the topic of the nurse shortage, a issue that has been in the spotlight due to the ongoing pandemic. The Council showed support for assembly bill number 4536, Senate bill number s 304, which aims to establish minimum registered professional nurse staffing standards. The Council’s discussion revolved around the conditions under which nurses are willing to work and the need to improve these to attract more nurses to the profession.
In the realm of infrastructure, the Council discussed authorizing funds for sewer improvements and a contract for upgrades to Pulaski Street. Council member Daniel Cole Sigmon also addressed the residents about parking restrictions during snow emergencies and the importance of not shovelling snow onto plowed streets. In a positive note, the Parking Authority reported an increase in daily parking, signalling recovery after struggles during the pandemic.
Community events and initiatives were also in focus, with Council member Teresa Albertson reporting on upcoming holiday activities in Dunellen and the support for the fire department. Council member Trina Rios highlighted the public library’s upcoming programs and recent recognitions by the Board of Education. Council member Joseph Paltjon updated the Council on the recreation basketball program and the annual Christmas tree lighting event.
The meeting concluded with an open floor for public comments, with community members expressing gratitude for the council’s support and providing updates on ongoing advocacy efforts. The Council also took the opportunity to remind residents about the annual health decorating contest and other festive activities.
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Jason F. Cilento
City Council Officials:
Trina Rios, Teresa Albertson, Jessica Dunne, Joseph Paltjon, Daniel Cole Sigmon, Hal Vandermark