NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – In a sweeping and comprehensive law, the Borough Council approved the introduction of an ordinance that severely limits the number and location of clothing bins in the borough.
“We want to make sure that only charitable organizations are allowed to place bins in regulated locations,” Council President Michael Gennaro said.
Locations are limited to churches, religious, charitable and non-profit institutions as well as the parking lot of the New Providence Rescue Squad. The latter location has a clothing bin that generates revenue for the New Providence Municipal Alliance.
A maximum of three bins per institution is allowed although a special exemption may be granted by the Borough Council. Contents of the bins must be removed at least once a week.
On final reading, the council also approved an ordinance amending the borough’s zoning ordinance governing off-street parking. The new requirements will impact residential and non-residential uses mostly affecting applicants to the Planning and Zoning Boards.
In real estate news, Councilman Jim Madden said that since Sept. 1, 16 borough homes had been sold at an average of 99.5 percent of the asking price. Eight of the homes were sold above the listed price.
Residents may recall that in March of this year, the New Providence Lions Club mounted a “Lions for Brian” pancake breakfast fundraiser for a borough youngster who suffered from a rare eye disease.
Councilman Armand Galluccio said the youngster had regained his eyesight and is back in school.
On Nov. 10 at the William Paca Club, the organization will conduct another fundraiser this time called “Lions for Lucas” who has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
Galluccio said that 100 percent of all funds raised go directly to the recipient. Use of the venue is donated by the Paca Club, borough businesses donate all breakfast items and volunteers serve as cooks and waiters.
In other actions, the Borough Council issued two proclamations:
1) Oct. 20 through Oct. 26 has been designated Red Ribbon Week where the wearing of a red ribbon has become a united symbol of commitment showing a nation’s intolerance to alcohol and drug abuse. The proclamation was presented to the New Providence Municipal Alliance whose mandate is to locally spread the message of drug and alcohol abuse. Accepting the proclamation was Councilman Dr. Bob Robinson.
Robinson said the Alliance is presenting a panel discussion on current drug trends and abuse of prescription drugs at 7 p.m., Nov. 11 at Borough Hall.
2) The council also presented a proclamation to several members of the New Providence Historical Society designating the month of October as National Arts and Humanities Month.
The Historical Society operates the Salt Box Museum.
This Thursday, (Oct. 17) the Society will present local resident Nolan Asch who will discuss the life and times of Alexander Hamilton.
The meeting will be held at the Senior Citizen Center, 7:30 p.m. at 15 East Fourth St.