In a spirited meeting of the Mahwah Town Council, numerous key issues were discussed, among which the swearing-in of three new police officers and the honoring of the retiring police chief stood out. The meeting presented a significant opportunity to reflect on the evolving personnel of the Mahwah Police Department and their continued dedication to public safety.
Nicole DePasquale, William Reardon, and Joseph Powderly were the newly minted officers, with Police Chief Stephen Jaffe singing the praises of their background, character, and future contributions to the township. Both DePasquale and Reardon, standout athletes in college, were lauded as valuable additions to the force. Post oath-taking, a photo session marked their official inauguration.
Chief Jaffe, who is set to retire after 31 years of service, received widespread commendations for his devotion to Mahwah Township’s safety and the enhancement of its quality of life. A plaque and a resolution acknowledging his service highlighted the evening’s proceedings.
Among other matters, the council adopted three proposals unanimously. This included commending Noah Brown, who revitalized the historic Lutheran Cemetery on Moffett Road to earn his Eagle Scout title. His project involved a significant investment of time and manpower, spanning 114 hours and engaging 25 volunteers.
The meeting also addressed infrastructure and safety issues in Mahwah. The pool renovation was completed in time for Memorial Day, despite an unexpected contract increase. Road and utility conflicts were discussed, with promises of swift resolution. The council also took into account potential environmental considerations for a timber bridge at Silver Creek and planned PFAS treatment for well 19. It noted the township had secured a grant for the latter, with the bid expected soon.
Concerns about road safety, water restrictions, and a cell tower delay were raised. Traffic on MacArthur Boulevard, along with a problematic intersection at Furman and West Crescent, emerged as key discussion points. The council secured a grant, ranging between $72,000-$78,000, for pedestrian safety improvements on East Rambo Ave.
During the public session, residents lauded the council’s recent efforts but also voiced concerns about property restrictions and a perceived lack of transparency. The council vowed to address these concerns and the treatment of American flags on properties. It also expressed interest in the Be Smart program, focusing on safe weapon storage.
In other business, the council approved rental agreements for affordable housing, mutual aid for the county fire department, and signage requests for local events. A sober living facility’s litigation was discussed, with a resolution proposed giving the township purchase rights if its operator or ownership changes. In terms of new ordinances, proposals to curb puppy mill abuses and limit affordable assisted living beds per room were introduced.
The meeting closed with members extending condolences for the passing of the previous fire chief.