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Township Council Discusses Livingston Roads and Other Issues

Aaron Snyder

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 • 7:13pm

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Livingston’s Township Council met on Monday evening to discuss a few issues, mostly revolving around some changes to road conditions and procedures around Livingston.

According to Assistant Town Manager Russell Jones, final bids have come in for some road improvements in town and South Ashby Avenue, Scottland Drive, Virginia Avenue, and Park Drive will all be repaired once a contract is officially agreed upon.

Township Manager Michele Meade explained the main issue is that the roads are simply “too old,” with some built in the 1930s. “Drainage modifications” and other “flooding issues” will be taken into account once the roads are repaired,” she stated. It was reported that the lowest bid for the repairs came to about $1.133 million.

There will also be a change at the intersections at East and West McClellan at North Livingston Avenue, which currently is a “No Turn on Red” area. According to Councilwoman Deborah Shapiro, that will change in the near future to “only during 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.—basically only when kids are walking to school.” The council said it hopes this will improve the flow of traffic in the area.

In other news, Councilman Michael Silverman and resident Mark Fusari brought up the “resignation” of Charlie Schilling, who was once Fire Chief of LFD and served for 72 years. According to Fusari, it happened “last Tuesday and was very somber for us. At 93 years old, I think maybe one more proclamation could potentially be in order.” Fusari went on to say “this man gave his life to Livingston, and I don’t think we’ll ever see something like that again.”

The council entertained the idea, although Meade commented, “I agree, but Charlie would hate that, he hates that kind of thing.”

The PBA Fishing Derby received permission from the council to go on ahead with its event, with Mayor Michael Rieber calling it an “awesome idea.”

Also discussed was that Livingston Community Pools will not be holding concessions this year. Councilman Fernandez explained that in the end, the vendors are just “too pricey.” Rieber agreed and said, “I remember getting just like a hot dog with chili and a soda and it was (about) $20!”

The council also officially declared it to be Arbor Day on April 25, which is the national date for the holiday.

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