South River Council Addresses Water Issues, Nursing Staff Standards, and Bids Farewell to Departing Members

The South River Borough Council meeting this week was marked by discussions surrounding local water issues, a unanimously passed resolution supporting nurse staffing standards, and farewells to Councilwoman Donna Balazs and Mayor John Krenzel. The Council also announced a special meeting on December 27th to fill a vacant council seat.

At the forefront of the meeting was the ongoing water issue, a problem that has seen residents grapple with flooding and clogged sewer lines. Residents Dan Canello and Sam TW voiced their frustrations, pointing to financial and logistical hardships as a result of recurring floods. Canello criticized Mayor John Krenzel for his perceived lack of responsiveness to these concerns, emphasizing the need for accountability and action from the Council.

Councilwoman Balazs requested that resolution 351, supporting the establishment of minimum nursing staff standards, be read separately, drawing attention to this issue. The resolution, which passed unanimously, highlighted the impact of nurse staffing shortages on patient outcomes and urged elected representatives to adopt assembly bill number 4536 and Senate bill number s304. Balazzs thanked Mayor Krenzel for including this resolution on the agenda and stressed the importance of supporting nurses in the South River community.

The meeting also provided a platform for Council members to express their gratitude for serving with each other. Councilwoman Julie Meira expressed her pleasure in serving with the council, while Councilman Peter Guindi thanked Mayor Krenzel and extended holiday wishes to all present. Councilman Jason Oliveira acknowledged the cooperative efforts of the fire and police departments during the holiday season.

Councilwoman Balazs, who clarified the date of the special meeting to fill her seat, received recognition for her service and commitment to accountability in decision-making. She received a plaque from Mayor Krenzel, who commended her dedication to the community. In his farewell address, Mayor Krenzel expressed his appreciation for the support and unity he had experienced during his 12-year tenure and urged the community to maintain South River’s “big heart.”

The meeting concluded with a motion to adjourn, marking the end of the last meeting for some council members.

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John Krenzel
City Council Officials:
Jason Oliveira, Tony Ciulla (Council President), Peter Guindi, Julie Meira, Donna Balazs, James Gurchensky

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