Milltown Borough Council Honors Dedication and Service, Discusses Public Safety and Utility Fees

In a notable acknowledgment of public service, the Milltown Borough Council honored several members for their commitment and contributions to the community. Councilwoman Marvin O’Donnell, Councilman James Paretti, and Mayor Trina received recognition for their years of service to Milltown. The council members’ departure marked a transition for the borough as the meeting also addressed topics, including public safety, utility fees, and community events.

Councilwoman O’Donnell’s tenure was celebrated with a detailed report on her role as a liaison to multiple committees. Her year in review touched on the police department’s challenges and transitions, including the retirement of Chief Canelli and Lieutenant Dan. O’Donnell recalled a notable interaction with Chief Canelli during a crime incident, commending his attention to community care.

O’Donnell stressed the importance of resident input to the police department and the introduction of security cameras in public spaces such as parks. Her recommendations for future collaboration spanned traffic studies and funding for safety measures. In the realm of fire safety, she emphasized the fire department’s need for new turnout gear and apparatus.

The rescue squad’s increasing membership and community event participation were also noted, with a call for public support of their annual fundraiser. O’Donnell commended the squad for their aid during a medical emergency and advocated for sustained or increased borough funding. Further, she underlined the Office of Emergency Management’s (OEM) ongoing training efforts, including Swift water rescue training and gear procurement.

Turning to utility matters, Councilman David Potter reported on the Utilities Committee’s decision to table the discussion of water, sewer, and electric utility connection fees for the new Administration utilities Committee.

The council also touched upon other areas of civic engagement and borough operations. Councilman Richard Revolinsky addressed a recent Department of Public Works issue and extended New Year wishes. Councilman John Collins acknowledged the success of the winter wonderland event and its anticipated return, despite the absence of an environmental report from the Board of Education. He celebrated the retirement and welcoming of a new Board of Education member and congratulated staff members of the month.

Councilman James Paretti detailed the recreation department’s activities and partnerships, calling for more basketball coaches and announcing winter programs and events. Council President Gary Posnansky expressed gratitude for repairs at the Senior Center and noted an upcoming Miltown Historical Preservation Committee meeting. He also confirmed the continuation of Rich Rom as the executive director of the Ford Avenue Redevelopment agency.

Borough Administrator M. Lon, Borough Attorney Mr. Venola, and Borough Engineers Mr. Mclen and Mr. Bonka joined in extending New Year wishes. Mayor George Murray specifically thanked the community for their holiday efforts and acknowledged the essential services of the fire department, police, and rescue squad.

The Public Comments section of the meeting saw expressions of gratitude and well wishes to council members. Councilman Paretti was presented with a proclamation to recognize his years of service to Milltown. During council comments, Councilman Posnansky praised O’Donnell’s meticulousness, Councilman Manco admired Paretti’s contributions, and Councilman Collins commended Mayor Trina’s problem-solving leadership.

Responding to the accolades, O’Donnell, Paretti, and Mayor Trina each reflected on their experiences and the honor of serving Milltown. They collectively stressed the value of support and collaboration in advancing the borough’s interests.

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George Murray
City Council Officials:
Richard Revolinsky, John Collins, Gary Posnansky, David Potter, Felipe Zambrana, Frank Manco

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