Council to Hire Part-time Engineering/Public Works Planner for Township
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 • 6:53am
LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston Township Council held a final hearing on a salary ordinance for the purpose of hiring a part-time Engineering/Public Works Staff Planner at its meeting held on Monday, Sept 9. Township Manager Michele Meade estimated that the amended ordinance would save the town roughly $12,000 a year.
Livingston currently hires a third-party planning consultant to perform the job. Meade explained how moving this position in house would save the town money. “Most of the monies that are paid to the planning consultant come from developers," Meade said. "They pay the fees for the reviews that are done by the planning consultant. By bringing the position in house we estimate we are going to save $12,000 because, rather than the escrow fees going to the planning consultant, the escrow fees will come to the town to offset the services of the planning consultant.”
Also addressed at Monday’s meeting were three resolutions, which were all passed.
A resolution to create a contract with Jane Hetch if Livingston has a need to acquire professional services for a Municipal Alliance Committee Grant Coordinator, and a resolution to approve a grant application with the New Jersey Department of Transportation for the milling and repaving of East McClellan Avenue, were both passed unanimously.
The final resolution was to appoint Stephen A. Santola as a member of the Livingston Planning Board. It passed by a 4-1 vote.
Councilwoman Deborah Shapiro stated she was not comfortable awarding Santola the position when no other applications for the position were solicited. “I do not think the position should be freely awarded.”
Deputy Mayor Michael Rieber also commented, “Getting to know Steve as a councilman and as a friend I think he’s certainly qualified for the position.”
In other news, Trudy Bier and Sharon Sybol received an honorary award for their volunteer work in coordinating and planning project graduation for Livingston High School seniors. Bier and Sybol both retired from their volunteer positions this past year.