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West Caldwell Assesses Storm Cost, Encourages Residents to sign up for Swift 911

Carolyne Volpe Curley

Sunday, December 9, 2012 • 12:08am

WEST CALDWELL- The West Caldwell conference meeting was held this past Tuesday,  December 4th.

Mayor Joseph Tempesta opened the meeting by calling on council members for their reports.

Councilman Joseph Cecere reported that the Menorah Lighting will take place on Tuesday, December 11th,  at 4:30pm and wished everyone a Happy Chanukah.

Councilman Thomas O’Hern reported on the status of the debris pick up from the storm and stated “pick up is still underway.”  Mayor Tempesta then called on the Superintendent of Public Works Vincent Graziosa to give an update on debris pick up. Graziosa stated that there are still some areas of the town that they will finish over the next couple of weeks. O’Hern pointed out that he received phone calls from residents.  Apparently, there are a number of trees that lifted up the sidewalks and those trees are in the town’s right of way.  Residents are questioning who is responsible for covering the costs because this is a gray area under any town’s budget.  The Mayor stated that FEMA will cover those costs and in the meantime the sidewalks will be repaired. 

Councilman Stanley Hladik reported that the council needs to act by the next meeting to vote for municipal budget emergency appropriations. Because Essex County was declared a disaster area, FEMA will reimburse the township for storm related costs.

In other business, the Senior Committee will not meet until the first week in March. The Township wants to discuss the senior bus which is a shared service between Caldwell, Roseland and West Caldwell.  The Seniors in the three towns call the Senior Transportation department, located in Caldwell to arrange a ride.  The cost for this service is split equally between the towns, yet West Caldwell’s participation is apparently low. The Mayor then asked the Town Administrator, Jock Watkins, to call the Caldwell Administrator, Paul Carelli, to discuss options for the cost of the bus.

Moving further on the agenda, Mayor Tempesta asked Administrator Watkins to send out another letter to residents informing them to sign up for West Caldwell’s Swift 911 Emergency Notification Service. “I would like to see the town participation further increase.” said the Mayor.

The Mayor then closed the meeting by informing the public that the next council meeting will take place on the 18th but have an earlier start of 6:30pm,  instead of 7:15pm because of the Council holiday party.

For further information:
Township of West Caldwell
30 Clinton Road
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
973-226-2300
Website: http://www.westcaldwell.com

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