In a recent meeting, the River Edge Borough Council approved a QR code project, discussed safety practices with the police department, and contemplated changes to local traffic regulations. The council also considered staffing changes for community programs and recognized individual contributions to the community.
The meeting began with a discussion about a proposed project by the Historic Commission. The initiative aims to install QR codes around the town that would connect residents and visitors to information about the local history. Eric Modell and James Hookstra from the Historic Commission presented a revised design for decals featuring the QR codes. Council members, including Lissa Montisano-Koen and Barry Benson, debated the shape and visibility of the decals, with Mayor Thomas R. Papaleo seeking cost differences between two proposed designs – rectangular and square. There was a unanimous agreement to investigate the cost difference further before making a final decision.
Potential safety concerns regarding the QR code project were also discussed. Councilman Benson raised the issue of potential inappropriate scans being placed over the QR codes, while Councilwoman Montisano-Koen suggested periodic checks to ensure the codes’ integrity. The council agreed to monitor the situation closely once the project rolls out.
The council then turned its attention to local traffic issues, led by Chief Walker. Proposed amendments to the parking regulations included implementing a no u-turn policy on Summit EV, prohibiting parking during school hours on Summit, and installing a stop sign at the intersection of River Street and Center. The no u-turn policy was suggested due to increased traffic around school drop-off times, and the Chief explained the need for maintaining emergency access. The council agreed to move forward with these proposals, despite concerns about the impact on residents.
In addition to these measures, the council also agreed on the installation of a stop sign, after receiving requests from local residents. The code enforcer will ensure that the resident trims the hedge properly for better visibility at this location.
The council also recognized the efforts of the police department, under the leadership of Chief Walker, in moving towards accreditation. The Chief will be receiving a safety hero award at the upcoming AAA Community Traffic Safety Award program. Three officers received letters of praise for their exceptional service, and the council expressed their support for the department’s ongoing efforts to maintain safety within the community.
The council also discussed staffing changes for community programs, spearheaded by Councilman Benson. Two individuals are set to retire from the score program by the end of the year, and the council is considering hiring a part-time recreation person to ensure a smooth transition.
Among other significant decisions, the council approved the Girl Scouts’ request to sell ornaments at the Holiday lighting ceremony and celebrated the receipt of a $25,000 grant secured by the DPW superintendent from the Department of Environmental Protection. The grant will assist the borough in meeting stormwater requirements.
Judy O’Connell, the deputy borough clerk, was acknowledged for her 25 years of dedicated service as she prepares for retirement. Several personnel changes were approved, including the appointment of A. D. T. Puri to the Environmental Protection Commission as an alternate member and the salary increase of Matthew Farley, a laborer in the Department of Public Works, due to his satisfactory completion of the CDL licensing requirement.