Union Town Council Approves Redevelopment Plan and Authorizes Key Agreements

The Union Town Council recently convened to deliberate on a series of ordinances, resolutions, and agreements that will impact the township’s operations and development. During the session, the Council approved the Bernat Avenue Redevelopment Plan, authorized contracts for essential services, and endorsed the private sale of township property, among other administrative and financial decisions. The meeting also acknowledged the achievements of Union High School students and highlighted upcoming community events.

The plan aims to address the needs of the community by fostering economic growth and improving the local infrastructure.

In another notable move, the Council approved the private sale of Township-owned property located on Montclair Avenue. This decision paves the way for the property’s repurposing, which may stimulate local economic activity and contribute to the township’s long-term development goals.

The Council also repealed a section of the municipal code and amended another to remove the reference to the position of fire Lieutenant. These legislative adjustments reflect the administration’s efforts to streamline operations within the fire department and ensure that the municipal code remains current with the township’s organizational structure.

In terms of partnerships and agreements, the Council authorized contracts for Pump Station Inspection Engineering Services.

Additionally, the Council extended agreements with the boroughs of Roselle Park and Kenilworth for the use of the police firearms training facility.

The purchase of proprietary software for the fire department incident reports was approved, which is expected to enhance the department’s operational efficiency. The Council also supported the submission of a grant application to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, which could potentially bring additional funds to the township for community projects or improvements.

The designation of a non-condemnation area in need of Redevelopment was another critical item addressed, which allows for focused attention and resources to be allocated to areas that require revitalization without resorting to eminent domain.

The Council additionally authorized the transfer of a plenary retail consumption license, a vital step for local businesses that rely on the sale of alcohol for their operations. This action reflects an understanding of the importance of supporting the township’s commercial establishments.

Financial matters were given due attention, with the Council approving various items to ensure the township’s fiscal health and accountability. They also responded to several communications, including requests for banner hanging, street fair usage, and a tent sale in the township.

Department reports were presented, with Committee Member James Louis providing an update from the public works division. The report highlighted the division’s recent activities, which included repairing potholes, maintaining catch basins and pump stations, and tree maintenance—essential work that contributes to the safety and cleanliness of the township’s streets and public spaces.

The Police Department report shed light on law enforcement efforts within the township, detailing the successful arrest of suspects in a stolen vehicle case and a DWI arrest involving narcotics and alcohol. These incidents underscore the police department’s ongoing vigilance and effectiveness in maintaining public safety.

Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio commended Union High School students for their accomplishments, notably their success in the American Legion oratorical contest and the acceptance of two seniors into West Point Military Academy. These individual achievements were celebrated as points of pride for the entire Union community.

The Council also announced a range of upcoming events, including celebrations for Black History Month such as an art gallery, a vendor fair, and a Black History Month Expo. These events are designed to foster cultural awareness and community engagement. Valentine’s Day events were also mentioned, along with the successful season of the Union Rec Department’s travel basketball team, highlighting the township’s vibrant recreational programs.

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

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