The wheels of government were grinding away on Tuesday night as the Maplewood Township Committee drove its way through numerous ordinances, resolutions, discussion items and reports — on top of for 2011 and holding a board of health meeting involving the
Here's the rundown:
- Tom Kerns of the presented Mayor Vic DeLuca with a $5,000 check to be used for creating a Senior Drop-In Center at the DeHart Community Center on Burnett Avenue in the Hilton section. Recreation Department Director George Rague approached Kerns about making the donation.
- Mayor DeLuca presented Todd Lamm, Shade Tree Supervisor, with a proclamation declaring Arbor Day for Friday, April 29, 2011.
- The town adopted ad rates for the new township website — http://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/ — at $100 per month, $275 for three months and $550 for six months. There are three advertising banner spots available on the homepage. Contact Township Administrator Joseph Manning to inquire about advertising.
- Memorial Park and the Maplewood Municipal Building are now designated historic sites, per recommendation by the Historic Preservation Commission of Maplewood and approval by the Township Committee. The designations merely give the HPC advisory capacity over the sites; the designations place no actual restrictions on alterations to the park or building, according to Virginia Kurshan, chair of the HPC, who presented on the designation at previous Township Committee meetings.
- A contract for architectural and engineering services for ADA (Americans with Disabilities) improvements to the Maplewood Library was awarded to SSP Architectural Group for $19,800.
- The food concession for the Maplewood Community Pool for summer 2011 was awarded to Vending to Please, LLC for $15,000. Vending to Please is the same vendor to be awarded as last year (last year's winning bid was $21,000) and was the only vendor to bid this year.
- The Township Committee voted to establish a cap bank in order to bank the allowable municipal budget cap that was not used for this year's budget. That means that, should the town need to exceed the 2% cap next year, it could do so without ordinance by using the banked 2% that was not utilized this year.
- A bond ordinance for $1,391,000 was passed for providing for renovations to the Maplewood Community Pool complex. Township Administrator Joseph Manning said that he hopes to bid the improvements by the end of the summer and be able to start construction the day after the pool closes for the 2011 season. No down payment was needed for this bond since it is "self-liquidating" and will be paid for through pool fees.
- A bond ordinance for $2,461, 231 was passed for "various capital improvements" including road work, improvements to recreation facilities including a piano, chairs and a television; a new radio system as required by the federal government for the police; computers for offices at Town Hall; a digital recorder for the municipal court; signage and related costs around Maplewood Village; fire equipment and more.