Union Town Council Addresses Local Concerns and Approves New Ordinances

In a regular meeting, the Union Town Council addressed a variety of issues ranging from public safety concerns to the implementation of new ordinances. Notably, the council passed a new ordinance prohibiting the planting of bamboo and discussed significant public safety issues including a high number of car accidents. Additionally, the council approved several resolutions affecting local infrastructure and community programs.

Delving into the meeting’s primary concerns, a new ordinance capturing the council’s attention was the prohibition of planting new bamboo and the regulation of its spread within the township. The ordinance underscores the Council’s proactive measures to protect the environment and maintain the aesthetic value of the community.

Another point of discussion was the high number of car accidents in the town. The Deputy Mayor called attention to this issue, urging residents to exercise caution while driving.

The meeting also saw the approval of various resolutions, including an increase in funds for a personnel matter and the award of a contract for maintenance of pump station generators. Additionally, professional services agreements were authorized for planning services at the Union Public Library and for implementing a geographic information system.

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The council approved expenditure requests for payments to construction companies and license applications for outdoor cafes and entertainment venues. Such approvals reflect the council’s role in facilitating local business operations and supporting the township’s economic vitality.

During departmental reports, the Police Department provided an update on patrols, calls for service, arrests, and enforcement activities, while the Public Works Division reported on road repairs.

A resident’s appeal for assistance with a personal property issue brought a human element to the meeting. Frank Manano Jr. spoke about the flooding of his father’s yard and basement due to nearby construction, requesting help and expressing frustration. Frank Manano Sr. also addressed the council on the matter.

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Additional announcements included updates from the Fire Department on recent incidents and safety reminders, as well as the acknowledgement of local achievements, such as those of a Union High School student and the UHS maroon guard and infantry guard drill teams. The council also discussed upcoming events such as a panel discussion for Women’s History Month and an Easter scavenger hunt.

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.

Mayor:
Manuel Figueiredo
City Council Officials:
Joseph Florio, James Bowser, James Louis, Patricia Guerra-Frazier

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