Roseland Borough Welcomes New Council Member and Advances Sewer Deal

In a step for Roseland Borough, the Council welcomed Neil Goldstein as its newest member and moved closer to a settlement agreement that could benefit local taxpayers regarding the Caldwell water and sewer negotiations. The recent Borough Council meeting was marked by Goldstein’s unanimous appointment to fill the vacancy left by a former councilman, followed by a swearing-in ceremony. Additionally, the Council concluded with a key resolution related to the Caldwell water and sewer plant.

Neil Goldstein, a long-time resident with a history of involvement in the community, including six years on the board of education and participation in local volunteerism, was nominated and unanimously voted in to fill the council vacancy. The appointment was met with commendation from members of the Council, who expressed confidence in Goldstein’s added value to the governing body. His swearing-in was a moment of levity, with a family dog humorously mentioned as unable to hold the Bible for the oath of office.

In another crucial development, the Council entered an executive session to discuss tax appeal litigation and the ongoing negotiations with Caldwell concerning the water and sewer plant. Emerging from the session, the Council approved a resolution that implied a near settlement that could spell a win for Roseland taxpayers. The specifics of the settlement were not disclosed in the transcript.

The meeting also covered administrative matters, such as approving bill lists and resolutions, and discussed fee structures for the use of outdoor facilities, including new fields. It was emphasized that recreational activities for local children would take precedence over rentals, which could be a source of revenue when fields are not in use by community sports teams. Prices were proposed to be slightly increased for the new facilities while remaining competitive with neighboring towns. The Council plans to finalize these fees in the coming meetings.

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In terms of committee reports and assignments, it was noted that Councilman Goldstein would assume the roles and committees previously held by the former councilman for the remainder of the year, including the liaison for Public Works.

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Mayor:
James R. Spango
City Council Officials:
Marcelino “Moose” Trillo, Christopher Bardi, Eileen Fishman, Roger Freda, Jean Perrotti, John Biront

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