The Maplewood Township Committee honored its municipal and emergency workers at Tuesday's meeting. They also discussed the proposed 2012 budget and other ordinances.
Mayor Victor DeLuca and Committeewoman India Larrier read aloud proclamations for public service recognition week and emergency medical services week, which is May 20 to 26. They praised the workers for their dedication and efforts to improve Maplewood.
The township also held a short public hearing for comments on the proposed township budget, which was introduced in March and it would have a 1.99% local municipal tax increase. No one from the audience spoke about the proposed municipal budget.
The mayor said township officials are still waiting on final state aid figures, but it was unlikely that the proposed municipal budget would change much.
Township Business Administrator Joseph Manning said the budget vote most likely will happen in June. He noted the township is also still waiting to close on the sale of the old police station.
Other topics discussed and actions that took place at the meeting include:
- The Township Council introduced two new amendments to laws regarding shade trees and taxis. The shade tree ordinance would be changed to eliminate a requirement that applicants for tree removal needs to notify all adjoining property owners and further require that the shade tree supervisor process an application within five days. A public hearing will be held May 15.
- The other proposed ordinance is a zoning amendment that would allow one taxi cab to be parked per home in a residential zone. Township officials said it was intended to help taxi owners who do not have a driveway. A public hearing will be held June 5.
- Health Officer Robert Roe said he thought an ordinance prohibiting businesses and residents from using public trash cans for their garbage could be necessary. He said the overflowing trash cans are a nuisance and could attract flies and rats. "It's a problem and we need to find a way to address it," Roe said, and he suggested possibly issuing summons.
- The Maplewood Village Alliance Special Improvement District and the Springfield Avenue Partnership Special Improvement District presented proposed budgets for 2012.
- Da'Shawn Marquise, Chian Arlene Weekes, Katherine May Cox and Shamar Terrell Reddick were appointed probationary police patrol officers.
- Marci White was appointed as a member of the Historic Preservation Commission.