Credits: Jessica Marrone Parkes
Mayor Rudy Fernandez gives awards to Malini Parekh (right) and Sheila Writt (left) Credits: Jessica Marrone Parkes
Former Mayor Arlene Johnson and Malini Parekh present Mayor Rudy Fernandez with a copy of Parekh's Bicentennial Daffodil Book Credits: Jessica Marrone Parkes
Sereant John Drumm, Officer Joe Wnek, Mayor Rudy Fernandez, Police Chief Craig Handschuch Credits: Former Mayor Arlene Johnson and Malini Parekh present Mayor Rudy Fernandez with a copy of Parekh's Bicentennial Daffodil Book
Eric Rosensen, Steve Delman, Rudy Fernandez, Pat Ippolito, Steven Santola Credits: Jessica Marrone Parkes
Michael Vieira and Martha Ackermann Credits: Jessica Marrone Parkes
Township Council Recognizes Citizen Achievements and Says Yes to 10 Ordinances
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 • 6:55am
LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Livingston Township Council honored three different groups on the evening of Oct. 7, and voted yes to 10 resolutions.
The mayor and council honored and recognized three Livingston recipients of the 2013 annual Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show awards. “All the art work there was terrific,” said Mayor Rudy Fernandez.
Harriet Hiller won first place in the professional drawing category for “The Haircut,” Malini Parekh won first place in the non-professional photography category for “A Delicate Balance,” and Sheila Writt won second place in the non-professional pastel category for “Flowers in a White Vase.”
The mayor also recognized Livingston Police Chief Craig Handschuch along with Sergeant John Drumm and Officer Joe Wnek for their efforts to promote safer driving by proclaiming Oct. 10, 2013, “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day."
Handschuch thanked the mayor and council for the honor. “This initiative started two years ago in New Jersey,” said Handschuch, explaining that in those two years they were able to report zero fatalities on “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day." “This year we hope to have another safe day.”
Former Mayor Stephen Santola gave a presentation on the creation of the Livingston Youth Sports Council and introduced its new governing body. The bi-laws of this new organization were passed in August and it had its first election on Aug. 19. “Not surprisingly, they elected three really great and vested leaders in their organizations,” said Santola.
Steve Delman, vice president of the soccer club, was unanimously voted in as the sports council’s president. Pat Ippolito, president of the little league was voted in as vice president and Eric Rosenson from junior Lancers lacrosse program was voted in as secretary.
“Over the years, the sports council had gotten fragmented into subcommittees and we realized about a year ago that they all got bogged down and weren’t functioning. So we spoke to the current mayor, former mayor and town manager about getting it all back together,” said Delman. “Our sole purpose is to improve the quality and quantity of sports being played by youth in this town. And the way we are going to do it is by sharing common things that all these organizations have.”
The council heard a proposal for Ordinance 26-2013 presented by Martha Ackermann from the town Safety Committee and Michael Vieira, chair of the Livingston Transportation Advisory Committee (LTAC), which would amend parking restrictions on a portion of Tiffany Dr. and Broadlawn Dr.
“We’ve been looking at the Mt. Pleasant complex for a long time. The reality is that the school (Mt. Pleasant Middle and Elementary School) was built in the 50’s when people didn’t drive to the school,” said Ackermann.
In response to the school experiencing unsafe volumes of traffic during school opening and closing, the Safety Committee, LTAC and the Livingston Police Department collaborated to create a solution which would increase traffic flow and decrease pedestrian danger.
According to Ackermann’s explanation, the ordinance proposes to remove parking on a portion of Tiffany Dr. so that cars can go through easier while at the same time opening up more parking on Broadlawn Dr. so that cars can pull up and drop off.
“We feel at this moment this is the best option to open it up a little bit there,” explained Ackermann.
“When this was presented to LTAC on August 28 it was a no brainer,” said Vieira. “It’s unsafe the way it is over there right now.”
The ordinance safety rules will apply on Saturdays to accommodate Chinese school as well. The council will return for a final hearing on the ordinance on Oct. 28.
In other news, the council said yes to 10 new resolutions:
R-13-194: Establishes technical review fees for commercial applicants and minor and major residential subdivision and site plan applicants.
R-13-195: Accepts long-term financial plan for town and adopts financial policies.
R-13-196: Authorizes a contract extension with Atlantic Coast Fibers, LLC for one year for the marketing of recyclable materials recovered through the Township’s recycling program.
R-13-197: 2012 Corrective Action Plan Prepared by Township’s Chief Financial Officer and reviewed by council.
R-13-198: Approves the revised spending plan for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
R-13-199: Accepts Homeland Security Grant, in which the township was awarded $10,000 “for the purpose of enhancing the Township of Livingston’s ability to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism, natural disasters and other catastrophic events and emergencies…”
R-13-200: Authorizes purchases under the State of New Jersey Cooperative Purchasing Program
R-13-201: Authorizes Interlocal Services Agreement with Township of Berkeley Heights
R-13-202: Authorizes Interlocal Services Agreement with Township of Summit
R-13-203: Authorizes Interlocal Services Agreement with Township of Chatham
*NOTE: Changes to upcoming town council meeting agenda:
Oct. 14 – conference meeting and listening post, CANCELLED
Oct. 21 – listening post at 7 p.m., conference meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m., regular meeting, CANCELLED
Oct. 28 – conference meeting at 7:30 p.m. followed by regular meeting at 8:00 p.m.