Rutherford Borough Council Addresses Municipal Infrastructure, Public Safety, and Local Achievements

The Rutherford Borough Council convened to discuss an array of topics, with infrastructure improvements, public safety investments, and recognition of local achievements taking center stage. The council also discussed several resolutions, including an ordinance regarding residential lighting regulations and several appointments.

The council’s engineer, Brian, addressed a multitude of items, including rerouting of roof leaders to tackle infiltration issues, emergency repairs at Cson Avenue, and improvements for Sunset Park and Van Winkle Park. The irrigation coordination for Sunset Park, in particular, piqued the interest of Councilman Raymond Guzmán, who queried about the timeline for completion. Brian assured him that the work, being coordinated with a contractor, would take a day and a half with negligible traffic disruptions.

Traffic-related issues remained a focal point of the meeting, with Guzmán expressing concerns about the delay in the Jackson Avenue and Erie Avenue traffic signal project. The council echoed his urgency, pressing for an estimated timeline which Brian provided, marking February as a potential bid month for the county. Councilman Matthew Cokeley sought clarification on the leveling of the area for the traffic light project, highlighting the pedestrian grade considerations.

Alongside infrastructure, public safety was also a central theme. The council awarded a contract for situational awareness equipment for the police department and discussed increasing the salaries of crossing guards. The council also approved a contract for the acquisition of turnout gear for the fire department, with Councilman Cokeley noting the inclusion of boots, helmets, coats, and other protective gear in the $46,900 contract.

The meeting saw a shared services agreement with the borough of Paramus for the maintenance of ambulance vehicles and the authorization of a shade tree bucket truck purchase. The council also expressed support for a grant for the 55 Kip Center, with Mayor Frank Nunziato acknowledging the success of the center’s Trees and Roots fundraiser.

There were moments of recognition, as Councilman Cokeley announced the retirement of Moren Begley after 30 years of service, which was met with applause and commendation from Mayor Nunziato. Councilwoman Maria Begg-Roberson’s achievement of a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University was also celebrated.

Ordinances related to the renewal of Comcast cable television and the repeal of a handicap parking spot on Silven Street were discussed. The council passed an ordinance on second reading for the dedication of a portion of Burrow Street for creating a public right of way and thoroughfare between Route 17 North and Veterans Boulevard.

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.

Frank Nunziato
City Council Officials:
Stephanie McGowan, Maria Begg-Roberson, Raymond Raymond Guzmán, Matthew Cokeley, Susan Quatrone, Christie Del Rey-Cone

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