Parsippany-Troy Hills Council Addresses Infrastructure Issues and Environmental Concerns at Recent Meeting

At the latest Parsippany-Troy Hills Town Council meeting, infrastructure issues and environmental concerns dominated the discourse. The council addressed the ongoing debate over road maintenance responsibility in the Glenmont community, the inauguration of a new business, and the introduction of several ordinances. Residents voiced frustrations over road conditions, flood risks, and the lack of progress in development discussions, while the council plans to remedy these issues and promote economic growth.

During the public session, residents from the Glenmont community brought forth a debate regarding the poor conditions of their roads. They disputed the claim that the Homeowners’ Association (HOA) owned the roads, arguing that there were no signed agreements to that effect. The township attorney clarified that past inspections and bonding requirements were standard procedures and did not imply town ownership of the roads. However, the planning board’s approved plans, which suggested that the roads would be dedicated to the town post-construction, were cited by a resident as a basis for the town to take ownership. The council, particularly Mayor James R. Barberio and the township attorney, acknowledged the issue’s gravity and committed to seeking a resolution.

Adding to the infrastructure concerns, resident Ken Martin conveyed his frustration regarding a flood project that resulted in a leak in his backyard and compromised gates in his area. He was disappointed by the lack of a meeting with the Mayor and sought clarity on the project’s timeline. The council assured repair of the flood wall in the upcoming spring and summer, following engineering assessments.

Another resident named Nick addressed the flood risks and infrastructure challenges, advocating for adjustments to the Picatinny dam and tributaries to alleviate flooding. He also discussed the importance of heavy rail transportation for businesses, highlighting the intertwined nature of infrastructure, transportation, and environmental management.

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The council also grappled with the proposal to support the corporate business tax with a constitutional dedication of 6% to environmental programs, as presented by Michelle Gainer, a member of the Environmental Advisory Committee. The discussion saw a divide in opinions, with Councilman Justin Musella and Councilman Frank Neglia expressing support for seeking funding sources for environmental programs, and others voicing concerns about the additional tax burden on businesses.

The Economic Development Committee announced the inauguration of Moris Golf Shop and the availability of grants for local businesses to help with lease expenses and enhancements. The committee’s announcement was part of a broader discussion on economic development, which included the Business Administrator’s praise for recently promoted police officers and the acknowledgment of open township positions.

The engineering report provided updates on various infrastructure projects, such as road resurfacing, flood wall inspection, and street improvements. Additionally, the meeting covered the introduction and subsequent tabling of ordinances related to salary ranges, park fees, and capital improvements. The council also approved multiple resolutions, including contracts for professional services, insurance, payroll, and bills payment.

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Mayor:
James R. Barberio
City Council Officials:
Paul Carifi Jr., Frank Neglia, Justin Musella, Judy Hernandez, Matt McGrath

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