Linden City Council Approves Sale of Property, Adopts New Traffic Ordinances, and Recognizes Black History Month

In a recent Linden City Council meeting, developments included the proclamation of February as Black History Month, the sale of a property to the Apartments at Linden Station Urban Renewal LLC for $1,150,000, the adoption of new traffic and parking regulations, and discussions on public safety and community programs. The council also addressed the completion of various construction projects, improvements to city infrastructure, and the acknowledgement of city workers for their efforts during recent snowstorms.

The sale of the property to the Apartments at Linden Station Urban Renewal LLC was a key financial transaction for the city. This sale, conducted under Ordinance 681, is part of the city’s broader strategy to enhance the local economy and provide new housing options. The ordinance was adopted without public comments.

Traffic and parking concerns were also central to the meeting, with the adoption of three ordinances aimed at improving local transportation infrastructure. Ordinance 682 amended handicap parking regulations, while Ordinance 683 revised parking regulations on Tremley Point Road, and Ordinance 684 adjusted four-way stop intersections at specified locations.

Councilwoman Orman highlighted the importance of recognizing Black History Month and announced an upcoming program hosted by the Linden Heritage and Cultural Committee. The proclamation illustrated the city’s dedication to celebrating diversity and honoring the contributions of African-Americans. Mayor Armstead echoed this sentiment, urging citizens to engage in activities and programs that honor Black History Month.

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The council also prioritized public safety, which was evident through Councilwoman Orman’s report on new four-way stop signs. These signs were approved based on their potential to enhance road safety and reduce accidents. Additionally, Councilman Javic reported on a major construction project at the corner of Wood Avenue and West Elizabeth Avenue, expected to generate $50 million in ratables over 30 years, including 334 apartments and retail space.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) was lauded for its efficient response to a recent snowstorm, with Councilman Mohammed and Councilman Rivas acknowledging the department’s service. Councilman Strano proposed doubling fines for non-compliance with pet waste regulations to address cleanliness concerns in the city. He also updated on construction and safety improvements, including the implementation of 4-way stop signs and the promotion of two fire department members.

In personnel matters, the council approved appointments and promotions across various departments, including the Department of Public Works, Police Department, Fire Department, and Board of Health. The council also granted permission to propose two deputy municipal court administrators and approved Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA) leaves in the Division of Personnel.

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Councilman Roman reported on the completion of landscaping and infrastructure improvements, while Councilman Medina announced his decision not to seek reelection, highlighting parking and quality of life concerns in the ninth ward. Councilwoman Hudak encouraged senior citizens to utilize the city’s free busing services for recreational activities. Mayor Armstead informed about the groundbreaking of an anaerobic digester project by RNG Energy and shared details on various city events.

The council introduced bond ordinances for city improvements, including landfill enhancements, office furniture, and carpeting acquisitions, and capital equipment for the police department. Additionally, they discussed a zoning amendment for the c1b commercial district. Public comments on city business were addressed, with concerns about a train derailment in Ohio prompting the council to consider organizing a town hall to discuss emergency procedures.

The meeting concluded with the council expressing concerns about the potential hazards of train derailments and welcoming new team members to the emergency management team. The Mayor concluded with a congratulatory message for Brianna Armstead, recognizing her participation in a national conference.

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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:
Derek Armstead
City Council Officials:
Michele Yamakaitis, Lisa Ormon, Barry E. Javick, Monique Caldwell, Alfred Mohammed, Carlos Rivas, John Francis Roman, Ralph Strano, Mark Armstead, Armando Medina, Christine Hudak

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