Mayor Vic DeLuca, Police Chief Robert Cimino, Fire Chief Joseph Richardella and other township officials met with residents of the East Hilton area last week to discuss quality of life concerns.
The meeting was held on Sept. 27 at the DeHart Community Center and attracted a sizeable crowd, according to DeLuca. "The meeting was very positive," he said. "We've got a lot of work to do, but the people that live in the area were very happy."
Officials told residents about the upcoming addition of speed humps along several streets in the area as a traffic calming measure.
Sometimes known as the Lightening Brook neighborhood and including Jacoby Street, part of Boyden Avenue, Harding Street, Hughes Street, Menzel Avenue, Brown Street and 44th Street,
In July, roughly a dozen residents attended a township committee meeting to let officials know they were not experiencing the same “quality of life” as other parts of Maplewood.
Township officials later held a joint meeting to discuss the area and have launched what Marlon Brownlee, who chairs the public safety committee, called "a coordinated effort to address the concerns of the residents in the area.”
At the Sept. 27 meeting, representatives from the Health, Building, Public Works, and Engineering Departments described township services that are available to residents. For instance, residents learned that the police and fire departments will conduct safety evaluations of one's home.
Community members learned about the township’s plans to enforce the new ordinance requiring that as well as ordinances relating to property maintenance, noise and animal waste removal.
Participants discussed the issue of installing outdoor street lighting; some residents were in favor of it and others were unsure, said DeLuca.
Residents were advised to report concerns or service requests directly to department heads at the Township’s website. www.twp.maplewood.nj.us.