Milltown Borough Council Approves Resolutions, Discusses South Main Street Rehabilitation Plan Amid Community Concerns

The Milltown Borough Council, in a recent meeting, covered a wide array of topics, from approving key resolutions to discussing the South Main Street Rehabilitation Plan. The meeting saw active participation from council members, including constructive debates around vendor selection, contract lengths, and revenue concerns. Additionally, engaging reports from various departments, updates on community events, and a public hearing on an ordinance were notable aspects of the meeting.

A significant part of the meeting involved the South Main Street Rehabilitation Plan, which provoked active dialogue amongst the Council members and the public. Councilman James Pareti expressed apprehensions regarding the only approved four-story structure in the redevelopment plan, questioning its potential impact on school enrollment. The council planner clarified that market-rate one and two-bedroom units typically have minimal impact on school enrollment. The debate concluded with the council unanimously approving the plan, seeing it as an opportunity for growth and development in the borough.

Reports from various council members highlighted the ongoing municipal activities and notable incidents in the borough. Councilwoman Margaret O’Donnell commended the police department for swiftly arresting a suspect accused of theft. Councilman David Potter and Council President Phil Zambrana shared updates on the water utility department and senior center, respectively. The fire department and rescue squad also presented their respective reports, underscoring their readiness and responsiveness to emergencies.

Discussion around community events and public concerns formed a significant part of the meeting. Councilman John Collins brought up questions around obtaining Green Acres funding for Christopher Street, leading the council to consider further research before proceeding. Councilman James Pareti highlighted the conclusion of fall sports seasons and upcoming winter programs. Councilwoman O’Donnell urged residents to report any solicitors without permits, while Councilman Potter reminded residents about proper waste disposal to prevent pipe clogs.

The discussion also touched upon environmental and development issues, specifically around Nicholas Court. The council acknowledged resident concerns about potential runoff issues on the steeply sloped area and proposed a development plan that would preserve the area while providing development opportunities.

In the audience comments section, a resident raised concerns about house lights shining into the street, potentially endangering drivers. This prompted the council to consider enforcing regulations to prevent such instances. Another resident, Randy Ruth, expressed his support for the South Main Street Rehabilitation Plan, hoping it would bring more people and businesses to Milltown.

The Council members engaged in meaningful discussions, particularly around the approval of individual resolutions, which were removed from the consent agenda for further scrutiny. One such resolution, 280, which authorized hiring a police special duty scheduling and processing vendor, spurred a debate. Councilman Richard Revolinsky voiced concerns about potential lost revenue and the need for renewal, but the resolution was eventually approved.

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Trina Mehr
City Council Members:
Phil Zambrana, Margaret O’Donnell, James Pareti, David Potter, Richard Revolinsky, John Collins

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