Glen Ridge Borough Council Addresses Community Concerns, Seeks ADA Grant, and Acknowledges Local Contributions

In a recent meeting, the Glen Ridge Borough Council deliberated on several matters including a public request for a nativity scene, the pursuit of a $40,000 Community Development Block Grant for ADA-compliant ramps, and the passing of ordinances. The council also addressed traffic concerns at the intersection of Clark Street and Hillside Avenue and commemorated the efforts of various individuals in the community.

Starting the meeting with public comments, the council faced a resident’s request for the addition of a nativity scene at the Town Hall, alongside the existing menorah and “Joy” display. The resident emphasized the importance of the Christian symbol to her family, leading to a broader discussion on religious representation. Council members assured her that their approach was to be inclusive, incorporating various religious symbols during the Christmas season. They also encouraged the resident to attend the upcoming tree lighting event to see the inclusive display.

The Council then turned its attention to the application for a Community Development Block Grant. The borough is seeking $40,000 in funding to install ADA-compliant ramps at certain locations, particularly in low to moderate-income census track areas. The objective is to partner with the Department of Transportation to improve roadways. The borough will rank the applications at the next meeting, with the ADA ramps being the only application received so far.

Councilor Peter A. Hughes addressed public safety concerns about the intersection of Clark Street and Hillside Avenue. He announced plans for a traffic study in response to public emails about accidents in the area. This came after an update on the budget and the resolution of water bill concerns, followed by the approval of claims and warrants, and payroll authorization for borough employees.

Several ordinances were unanimously passed during the meeting. The first established titles and salaries for non-union and other employees, and the second added a shade tree commission to the borough’s code. The council also authorized a resolution to refund overpaid taxes to a homeowner. Mayor Stuart K. Patrick and Councilor Rich Law praised the work of the Shade Tree Commission and its volunteers, with the ordinance affirming the commission’s reauthorization passing unanimously.

As part of the meeting, the Glen Ridge Borough Council also took time to acknowledge the contribution of various community members. Mayor Patrick commended the successful Ashton 8K race, particularly highlighting Dan Murphy’s contribution to the event’s success. The council also acknowledged the passing of Ray Kinel, a dedicated employee, and former councilor Carolyn Ferguson.

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.

Stuart K. Patrick
City Council Officials:
Rich Law, Peter A. Hughes, David Lefkovits, John Malyska (Borough Attorney), Deborah Mans, Rebecca Meyer, Ann Marie Morrow, Michael P. Zichelli (Borough Administrator), Tara Lyn Ventola (Clerk)

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