Dunellen Council Advances Safety and Services in Latest Meeting

In the latest Dunellen Borough Council meeting, strides were made in enhancing local services, public safety, and community welfare. The council discussed a range of topics from public safety improvements to the introduction of new ordinances. Priority was given to the announcement of the Police Chief regarding the 2023 public safety figures and the Mayor’s Traffic and Pedestrian Task Force initiatives.

The meeting opened with a noteworthy update from the Police Chief, who provided comprehensive statistics for the year 2023. This report included 3563 summonses, 2467 motor vehicle stops, 178 arrests, 79 DWI charges, and a total of 18,716 CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) incidents. These figures not only offered transparency regarding the activities and challenges faced by the local law enforcement but also set the stage for discussions on enhancing public safety.

Following the police report, the Mayor’s Traffic and Pedestrian Task Force took center stage. The task force has been pivotal in addressing concerns about driver and pedestrian safety. This includes educational outreach, such as discussions with local elementary school students about the importance of pedestrian safety and the advantages of walking to school. These initiatives are part of a broader effort to create a safer environment for all residents, particularly the youth, and to encourage healthy, eco-friendly transportation habits.

The Buildings and Grounds department reported the successful remediation of surface mold in the borough office and the energy-efficient upgrade of lighting with the installation of LED lights beneath the Prospect Avenue Bridge. These improvements not only enhance the infrastructure but also contribute to the health and safety of both employees and residents who utilize these facilities.


The DPW also handled the shutdown and subsequent repairs of the senior bus.

In the realm of health services, the Rush Squad celebrated the return of two former members. These individuals are currently working towards recertification to become EMTs, which will bolster the community’s emergency medical response capabilities.

The meeting also addressed the advancement of digital infrastructure within the borough. The Mayor reported progress in negotiations with a new internet service provider, with the potential for substantial savings and improved service quality for residents. This move could lead to enhanced internet connectivity, a crucial service in an increasingly digital world.


In terms of environmental and infrastructure planning, the council engaged in discussions about stormwater system tie-ins and street lighting projects. These conversations highlight the council’s stance on maintaining and improving the borough’s essential services.

Moreover, the council introduced an ordinance authorizing a Rights of Way agreement with Comcast of Northwest New Jersey LLC.

There was also an adoption of an ordinance to amend Chapter 130 concerning clothing bins, which serves to regulate the placement and maintenance of these bins within the borough. Such regulations ensure that charitable collections are managed in a way that maintains the cleanliness and order of the community.


The council passed several resolutions, including the authorization to pay bills, the removal of land taxes, and the approval of agreements with Capital Benefits LLC and EB Employee Solutions LLC. These resolutions are part of the council’s routine financial management responsibilities.

Additionally, the council authorized the submission of an application for a recycling enhancement grant, which could potentially lead to increased recycling capabilities and environmental sustainability efforts in the borough.

Departmental updates added a community focus to the meeting, with reports from various organizations such as the Fire Department, Friends of the Dunellen Public Library, and the Board of Education. These updates included the progress on the fire department’s building and the Board of Education’s meeting schedule and calendar changes.


The Friends of the Dunellen Public Library provided insights into cultural and educational programs, such as the Women’s History presentation and the downtown Dunellen management organization’s spring event. The Dunellen Public Library itself highlighted its ongoing weekly programs, including storytime, a teen anime club, and movie screenings, along with special upcoming events such as a pink drink dupe program and a snowy scenery painting program.

Furthermore, the council announced that free Form 1040s and instruction booklets were available in limited quantities for Dunellen residents, facilitating local tax preparations.

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.

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

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