Perth Amboy City Council Discusses Funding Concerns, Infrastructure Projects, and Honors Judge Gonzalez

The Perth Amboy City Council recently convened to discuss a range of topics, from funding discrepancies for local projects to adjustments in city officer salaries and infrastructure improvements. The meeting was also marked by a heartfelt recognition of Judge Kenneth Gonzalez’s service, as Mayor Helmin J. Caba presented him with a proclamation.

A significant portion of the meeting was devoted to the discussion of funding and resource allocation for various projects. The council expressed concern over a $100,000 difference in funding from the New Jersey Urban Enterprise Zone Authority for the F Park project. The initial funding was allocated for acquisition, but the council was informed that the usage had shifted to construction, raising questions about the additional costs and why they hadn’t been presented to the council earlier.

Councilman Kenneth Puccio expressed concern about the water rates and lamented the lack of grant applications for water infrastructure projects in recent years. He questioned whether grants could offset the rate increases, but was informed that additional projects were needed, and the grants wouldn’t affect the rates. This sparked a discussion about the need for further evaluation of funding sources for infrastructure projects.

Another topic of interest was pedestrian safety, particularly around the Convery Boulevard project. Council members expressed concerns about the safety of the area, citing previous accidents and fatalities. Criticism was leveled at the slow progress on the project, with suggestions that funds from the American Rescue Plan Act could have been used to address these concerns.

The council’s discussion also touched on the Perth Amboy Business Improvement Corporation’s (PABIC) budget, with a specific focus on allocations for administration expenses, facade grants, clean team programs, downtown beautification, and marketing promotion. A council member suggested that art funding could help revitalize the downtown area, an idea met with the PABIC’s explanation of their partnership with the neighborhood conservation program for murals and progress on trolley routes.

The meeting also saw the presentation of several ordinances and resolutions, including amendments to parking space designations for handicapped individuals, adjustments to the salary schedule for city officers and employees, and bond ordinances for various infrastructure improvements.

The council also delved into a discussion on the importance of the Youth Complex. Acknowledged as the city’s most utilized field, the complex is instrumental in supporting various sports activities and leagues. Council members emphasized the need for improvements to address weather-related concerns and scheduling conflicts, with planned upgrades intending to match county field standards and enhance recreational opportunities.

In one segment of the meeting, Mayor Caba honored Judge Gonzalez for his years of service, praising his dedication to justice and commitment to the community. Judge Gonzalez expressed his gratitude and spoke about the importance of the court system and the dedicated individuals who contribute to its functioning.

The transparency issue was a recurring theme in the meeting, with community members voicing concerns about the lack of a local newspaper to report on incidents and statistics. They emphasized the importance of sharing information about crimes, accidents, and other incidents to ensure public safety and awareness.

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.

Helmin J. Caba
City Council Officials:
Milady Tejeda, Hailey V. Cruz, Rose B. Morales, Kenneth Puccio, Bienvenido BJ Torres

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