Fanwood Mayor and Council announce Curbside Recycling Program

Councilman Molenaar inspects one of the recycling bins each home will receive.
Councilman Molenaar inspects one of the recycling bins each home will receive.

The Fanwood Borough Council and Mayor Colleen Mahr announced during the regular May Council meeting on May 16th that the Borough will begin curbside collection of household recyclables sometime after Labor Day 2016.

 

We feel that curbside collection serves the greatest number of people in our town in the most efficient way. Our number one priority is following the law. As a town that prides itself on its Sustainable Jersey certification and history of “green” behaviors, it is only logical that curbside recycling be implemented since every expert we have spoken to on the subject agrees that more material will be collected and thus the benefit to our environment will be enhanced.

 

Pending an ongoing review by our attorneys, we plan to move forward on a shared services agreement with the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority (PMUA) to collect Fanwood’s recyclables, house to house, twice a month. The current plan calls for every home to be provided with a 96-gallon bin to hold the recyclables, collections to occur every other Thursday and all recyclables to be co-mingled—everything goes into the bin for sorting at the recycling processing plant.

 

On May 12th, Councilmen Jack Molenaar and Tom Kranz visited the PMUA facility in Plainfield where the trucks originate and the company in New Brunswick, Colgate, which will actually do the sorting and processing of the recyclables. They were extremely impressed by the professionalism of those at the PMUA, which is committed to the success of the Fanwood program, and the painstaking process at Colgate of separating non-recyclables and sorting them appropriately. They were convinced that every effort is made to separate as many of these non-recyclables as possible so that the final recyclables are as clean as possible.

 

Pending a final review of the proposed contract, the Council is prepared to vote on implementation at its regular June meeting. Following that will be a public education program. The Fanwood Recycling Center will remain open for business until the curbside program is ready to go, which we estimate will be sometime in the fall.

 

We will maintain a dialogue with Harold Clark and the Recycling Association about its possible role in the future. The Mayor and Council are extremely grateful to the Recycling Association, its employees and volunteers, for their patience during the deliberations over this issue.

 

Mayor Colleen Mahr

Councilman Kevin Boris

Councilman Russ Hegel

Councilman Tom Kranz

Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell

Councilwoman Erin McElroy-Barker

Councilman Jack Molenaar

McCourt named to lead Memorial Day parade

Joe McCourt, who served as a U.S. Army lieutenant and platoon leader in the Vietnam War, has been chosen to be the grand marshal of this year's Fanwood Scotch Plains Memorial Day parade.

 

McCourt, 70, of Scotch Plains, is active in both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars groups at the local level, has been an integral part of Fanwood's and Scotch Plains' Memorial Day and Veterans' Day observances for many years and was also a member of a five-person committee that oversaw fundraising and construction of the Vietnam War memorial in Scotch Plains.

 

The parade, on Monday, May 30, caps a weekend observance that includes a concert and services remembering those who gave their lives for the nation.

2016 Memorial Day T-shirts are now on sale.

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Memorial Day Parade Committee is offering limited edition "America The Beautiful"  t-shirts. Purchases will offset the cost of hosting the concert on Sunday, May 29 and parade on Monday, May 30.

 

T-shirts can be purchased through an order form available on municipal websites. The committee is requesting a donation of $25 per t-shirt. To order t-shirts online, click here. Checks should be made payable to: Memorial Day Parade Committee, Attn: Bob Lacosta, Township of Scotch Plains, 430 Park Ave, Scotch Plains. NJ 07076.  For questions about donation levels, call (908) 322- 6700 x 313.

Fanwood Borough Council pledges opposition to Pilgrim Pipeline

The Fanwood Borough Council recently passed a resolution pledging just under $5,000 to join a legal defense fund set up to fight the Pilgrim Pipeline, a pair of parallel pipelines that would carry crude oil 178 miles over land from Albany, NY, and Linden, NJ, and refined product back. The pipeline would run directly through Fanwood along the existing PSE&G right-of-way, which runs through residential areas and directly adjacent to the Fanwood Nature Center.

 

Eleven other municipalities in the path or vicinity of the pipeline, including Scotch Plains, have also joined the defense fund, called the Municipal Pipeline Group. Other communities have passed resolutions simply opposing the pipeline. Pilgrim Holdings, LLC, which proposes to build the project, says on its website, "Transporting petroleum products via the Pilgrim Pipeline is far more environmentally friendly than relying on trucks or fleets of traditional barges." But environmental groups warn of catastrophic consequences including groundwater and soil contamination should the pipeline leak or be otherwise compromised. Residents living near the pipeline have opposed it almost unanimously and the Fanwood Borough Council stands with them.

Pilgrim Pipeline Resolution
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Union County unveils live Falcon Cam

Visitors to the Union County website can now access a free link to the County’s first ever “Falcon Cam,” which provides a live stream of all the action in and around the peregrine falcon nest located on the roof of the County Courthouse in midtown Elizabeth.

 

The mother falcon laid four eggs earlier this spring, and they are expected to hatch within days. A pair first attempted to build a nest on the roof of the County Courthouse in 2005, but windy conditions were an obstacle. In 2006 County workers installed a re-purposed dog house to provide a wind shield, acting on the guidance of wildlife experts with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. A nesting pair has raised chicks in the doghouse every year since then.

 

To view the Falcon Cam, use this link: ucnj.org/falcon/


Public Notice

The date of the Regular Meeting of the Fanwood Recreation Commission has been changed from May 24th to May 31, 2016.  The meeting will take place at the LaGrande Park Recreation Building, LaGrande Avenue and Second Street, Fanwood, NJ at 7:45 pm.

 

Official action may be taken.

Borough Council passes budget without increase

The Fanwood Borough Council this week passed its 2016 operating budget with no municipal tax increase. In fact, in includes an average municipal tax decrease of $3.54 per household.

 

"It's a small cut, of course, but we felt we wanted to do something to help our residents offset what promises to be a significant increase in the school tax," said Councilman Russ Huegel, Chairman of the Council's Administration and Finance Committee. 

 

"We anticipate a large school tax increase to fund an all-day kindergarten program, requiring additional teachers" said Mayor Colleen Mahr. "We have tried to mitigate the school tax burden and have pared our operating budget to produce a local tax cut. As it always does, the school tax represents 60% of the total taxes residents pay. County tax represents about 19%, municipal taxes 20% and the library tax about 1%.

Deadline approaching for Fanwood Rec summer programs enrollment

If you have children entering grades 6–9 in September, the Tweens & Teens Travel Camp is now open for registration, too. Register by April 3 and save $15.

 

The camp is scheduled for the weeks of July 18 and July 25. Destinations include Delaware River Tubing, Mountain Creek Water Park, Zoom Ziplines, New York Mets, NYC Pizza Tour, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Dave & Busters and more! Space is limited and registration for this camp ends on April 29. Click here for more information and to register for this program.

 

Registration for the 8-week Summer Park Program in La Grande Park is also underway now. This fun, neighborhood camp is designed for children entering grades K through 6 in the fall. Parents can choose to sign up their children for morning sessions, afternoon sessions, 1 week, all 8 weeks or any number in between.

County offering free child safety seat inspections in Garwood

As the spring weather approaches, residents are invited to visit Union County’s Child Safety Seat Inspection Center in Garwood.

 

The proper use of child safety seats is one of the simplest and most effective methods available for protecting the lives of young children in the event of a motor vehicle accident.

 

The inspection program is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30-11 a.m. and is located at the Garwood Rescue Squad at 401 2nd Ave. in Garwood. Certified child passenger safety technicians will check the car seat for proper installation and educate parents and guardians on using the seat correctly.

 

New Jersey’s new child safety seat regulations took effect in September of 2015. The new law requires parents to adhere to American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for child passenger safety.

 

If you’re unable to visit the Child Safety Seat Inspection Center in Garwood, the county's mobile child seat inspection unit will offer child safety seat inspections at Plainfield High School, 950 Park Ave., on Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Follow @fanwoodborough for local news and information on Twitter

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State has information on the web concerning Zika Virus

While no incidents of the Zika Virus have been reported in New Jersey, health officials want people to be educated about how the mosquito-borne illness can spread, what you can do to protect yourself, how you can control the risks involved and what to do if you suspect you may have been exposed.

 

Click here to visit a website created by the state Board of Health that has all kinds of information on the illness. The federal Centers for Disease Control have a site, too.

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