Thursday, August 23, 2012
Engineering firm, Hatch Mott McDonald, presented the committee with a study that says the township needs help from surrounding towns to prevent flooding.
In the Millburn Township Committee meeting this week, Hatch Mott McDonald, an engineering firm, gave a presentation of a study it conducted to find a way to prevent flooding in town. However, after researching the issues since the January of this year, the firm, which specializes in storm and sewer water management, said Millburn can't fix the issue alone. "The problems are much larger than we thought they initially might be," a senior vice president of Hatch Mott McDonald, John Rolak Jr. said. The study showed six municipalities' sewer lines, New Providence, Summit, South Orange, West Orange, Maplewood and Millburn, all meet at Gilbert Place pump station and go under the Rahway River and Route 78 to the treatment plant in Elizabeth. "The…
Friday, July 20, 2012
Ryan is running for re-election; he has served on the Township Committee for a total of sixteen years.
Name : Mr. Gerard Ryan Also known as : Jerry Date of birth : 21 May 1961 Place of residence : Maplewood, NJ Attended college : Yes College : The Cooper Union Degree : Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Year of graduation : 1983 University : Rutgers University Degree : Master of Arts, Computer Science Year of graduation : 1986 Job titles held : Member of Technical Staff, Technical Manager, Senior Sales Engineer, Senior Product Manager, Senior Software Manager, Professor Employers : AT&T, Lucent, Avaya, Motorola, NJIT Party affiliation : Democrat Running for a: Local office Running for position: Township Committee Chamber/district: Township of Maplewood Incumbent: Yes First elected: 05 November 1991 Previous elective offices : …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Ryan is running for re-election in the June 5 primary.
Friday, May 25, 2012
I am running for re-election to the Maplewood Township Committee because I want to continue delivering results on the important projects that I have been working on as a member of the Committee. As chair of our Finance Committee, I have helped lead the effort to control spending, reduce our overall municipal debt level, and keep our taxes as low as possible while delivering key municipal services. Our creative efforts to partner with neighboring communities – and even neighboring counties! – has allowed us to keep our costs down while maintaining high quality services. My expertise in planning and development in the Township has been critical in our success with the Walgreens development on Springfield Avenue, and in development projects…
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Maplewood and South Orange have been debating whether to strengthen or abolish the BSE.
With the recent discussion over moving the Board of Education elections in South Orange and Maplewood, another question has emerged: what should the district do with the Board of School Estimate? The Board of School Estimate (BSE) is a body made up of three South Orange elected officials and three Maplewood elected officials, as well as Board of Education members. While the Board of Education approves the budget, the BSE’s main task is to approve the school budget tax levy each year. Fast-tracked state legislation allowing the district to move the November elections (a moot point this year since the South Orange Board of Trustees and the Board of Education did not support such a move for 2012) would keep the Board of School Estimate, but …
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Plan includes old police station rehab.
The Township has put the plans for the redevelopment of the properties on Dunnel Rd. online. The site, which includes the old police station, has been a matter of recent controversy. The plan is available as a PDF here. See here, here and here for previous Patch coverage.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Expenses and revenue sources itemized in document.
Maplewood's 2009 budget, adopted on Sept. 15, is now available online at the Township's Web site. The 67-page document itemizes expenses and revenue sources, including money from taxes, grants, parking meters, licenses and more. Read the budget here (opens up PDF document).
Monday, September 21, 2009
In addition to services already in place, both towns are considering merging violations bureaus.
Over the past year, Maplewood and South Orange have entered into a number of shared service arrangements. Officials from both towns say to look for more in the months ahead. Currently, Maplewood and South Orange governments share lawn services, motor vehicle maintenance and the animal control officers for the two towns cover both towns. Governments in both towns are currently looking at ways to combine court services and violation bureaus. The two towns have also pooled resources with the school district for bids on some services. Maplewood and South Orange officials are hoping for more cooperation between those three entities, as well as with other Essex Municipalities. The increased shared services have driven down spending—sharing lawn…
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Two revaluation firms pitch the Township on their services.
Township Committee member Jerry Ryan had prepared a list of 10 questions before meeting with two of the three lowest bidding firms for Maplewood’s state-mandated property tax revaluation. Shortly before meeting with the firms, Ryan emphasized the importance of one question in particular: “can you explain your methodology briefly and in layman’s terms.” The question, particularly the emphasis on “layman’s terms,” was a sign that for this revaluation, the first time Township property has been assessed by a revaluation firm in a decade, Township officials want information on how properties are assessed available and understandable for residents. The last reval, which was the first performed in the township in 20 years, caused town-wide …
Richard Calbi leaves Maplewood to take position with Livingston.
After about five years with the Township, overseeing ambitious projects such as the construction of the LEED-certified police station and other efforts, Maplewood’s engineer Richard Calbi is leaving the position. This week, he accepted a new job in nearby Livingston. His last day in the Maplewood office will be Sept. 18. “My time in Maplewood has been good,” Calbi said. “But I couldn’t pass this up.” Livingston, an Essex County municipality not far from Maplewood, has a slightly larger population than Maplewood, but a significantly larger area. The Livingston job has more responsibilities than the one Calbi is leaving in Maplewood. In addition to engineering duties, Calbi will be heading the public works department, the planning department…
Monday, August 10, 2009
Neighboring South Orange is one of two Essex towns to get funds. Mayor De Luca said he is disappointed but not surprised.
The list of municipalities receiving extraordinary aid from the state Department of Community Affairs was released on Friday, Aug. 7. The money is intended for tax relief. Maplewood was not included on the list, but neighboring South Orange was. “We’re disappointed,” Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca said. “We thought we took extraordinary steps to bring down taxes.” The Township had applied for $100,000 in its extraordinary aid application. In part, the amount reflected the cost of damages to trees incurred in a storm last June. In that mini-tornado, a large number of trees were knocked down, and Maplewood’s government had to pay about $100,000 to control the damage. This year’s municipal budget was kept low through layoffs in Public Works and …