Milltown Council Addresses Infrastructure, Finances, and Community Concerns

In a recent assembly, the Milltown Borough Council deliberated on a range of issues from community infrastructure improvements and financial management to concerns over municipal services and local events. Highlighting the agenda was a detailed presentation on a grant project for the Senior Center, substantive discussions on amending traffic and parking restrictions, and the adoption of ordinances affecting the borough’s pool and recreation fees.

The meeting saw a focus on the potential improvements to the Senior Center’s surroundings through the Sustainable New Jersey Grant. The project aims to enhance vegetation and address the standing water issue due to rainstorms. Specific elements include the removal of trees, installation of permeable pavers, and the addition of native plants and shrubs with the collaboration of Home Depot and a local nursery. The grant would contribute $10,000 towards the estimated $20,000 budget, with the remainder covered by various contributions. The project also involves engaging scouts and the public works department, emphasizing community involvement and aiming to earn points towards Sustainable Jersey certification, which could benefit the borough in future grant opportunities for roadways.

Public comments opened up discussions on a variety of topics, one being an inquiry about a title search for a trestle to determine rightful ownership and any rights to the tracks. The council clarified the thoroughness of the search, potentially spanning a century or more.

The council unanimously supported the adoption of ordinance 24-11531, imposing a fine for street and sidewalk violations, highlighting the local government’s effort to maintain civic order. Another ordinance, 24-11532, sought to amend traffic and parking restrictions on JFK Drive, with a suggestion to align the effective dates with the school year rather than specifying ‘school days.’ The aim is to streamline traffic flow and parking availability in response to the school’s operational calendar.

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In financial discussions, ordinance 24-11533, which related to amendments of fees for the borough pool and recreation programs, was passed without opposition. This ordinance addresses a 5% increase in fees due to rising operational costs, such as pool chemicals and minimum wage hikes. The council’s consideration of providing free pool memberships for certain residents reflects a balance between fiscal responsibility and community inclusivity.

One notable financial revelations was the previously unmetered water and electric usage at the borough pool. The council’s intention to start metering these utilities marked a shift towards more precise financial management and equitable distribution of the pool’s expenses. This initiative followed the acknowledgment of missing files from the previous Recreation Director, affecting the council’s full awareness of the actual costs.

The meeting’s administrative matters included the unanimous approval of Resolution 2024-D91, authorizing the payment of municipal obligations totaling $9,274, and the adoption of Ordinance number 24533 on first reading. Additionally, the resolution of a municipal employee’s incorrect job title and pay rate correction was passed, despite several council members abstaining from voting. The employee, initially appointed as a part-time account clerk but meant to be a part-time principal clerk, will see a salary increase to $17.85 per hour, with no retroactive pay, effective immediately.

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A contentious point was the debate over Resolution 2024-D93, concerning the appointment of members to the Relations Committee. The discussion centered on Mr. Matt Murphy’s past public comments against the borough’s Police Department, leading to the tabling of the resolution for further consideration.

Further financial administration included the impending hire of a part-time Chief Financial Officer (CFO) who currently works full-time for North Brunswick. The arrangement included a shared services agreement allowing the CFO to manage responsibilities for Milltown while on the clock at North Brunswick and the implementation of remote work capabilities for the incoming CFO.

Community engagement and events were thoroughly discussed, with updates from various departments, including the library, Recreation Department, Senior Center, police and fire departments, and public works. Upcoming events such as New Jersey Maker Day, educational sessions, and volunteer firefighting opportunities were highlighted.

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Public comments ranged from concerns about town maintenance to inquiries about the progress of restoration work and the potential improvement of communication about town events. The ongoing dialogue between the council and residents demonstrated a collaborative approach to addressing municipal challenges and enhancing the quality of life in Milltown.

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

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