Springfield Newsletter (Special Weekend Edition July 2016)

GOVERNMENT

– The next Township Committee meeting will be tomorrow, Monday, July 18th at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. This is the only meeting for July and it will also be preceded by an Annual Joint Meeting with the Board of Education which starts at 6 p.m. in Town Hall. The agendas for both are available at http://agenda.springfieldnj.us

One notable item on the agenda is a presentation of the Municipal Pool Project and consideration of a capital bond ordinance to advance the project. I have posted the information, plans and estimates on my website at http://zszs.us/SNJpool. Additionally, I have created a survey for all pool members and non-members to take so your feedback can be used to guide us. The survey is available at my website below or directly at http://zszs.us/SCPsvy. The public is invited to attend the meeting to listen to the presentation and offer comment.

Otherwise, the agenda includes two ordinances for adoption on final hearing and 13 resolutions for consideration. Here are some I’d like to highlight:
– Resolution 2016-211: appointing Robert Boettcher as the new Supervisor of Public Works (former Supervisor Ken Homlish has retired)
– Resolution 2016-220: awarding a contract to our Engineering firm for services related to Troy Drive (not to exceed $15,600)
– Resolution 2016-221: awarding a publicly bid contract to P&A Construction for our 2016 Road Improvements Project ($631,647)
– Resolution 2016-223: authorizing an extension for the August 1, 2016 installment of taxes (to be due August 15, 2016) as a result of the State budget delays

ANNOUNCEMENTS

– In case you missed the robo-call from the Town or didn’t see it on my Facebook, Troy Drive is closed between Baltusrol Way and Stone Hill Drive until further notice for safety reasons due to structural concerns. Why? Unusual soil erosion was just discovered which led to preliminary surveys of the area that uncovered a larger, structural problem underneath the road due to a faulty installation of the drainage pipe by the State in the 1960s (as part of the construction of Route 78). A large drainage pipe runs underneath Troy Drive that has been collapsing and leading to a washout of the soil underneath and on the embankment. I visited the site with our Assistant Engineer and it is believed to be an unsafe condition and an unnecessary risk to keep this road open. As a safety precaution until it can be further investigated, the road will be closed. We’re determining the extent of the structural concerns and have acted quickly to get experts out to study this further. We’ll know more about the impact to the PGA and long-term plans for area residents after that.

– If you haven’t heard, the Springfield Police Department arrested a suspect who confessed to the string of burglaries in town. Congratulations to our Springfield Police Department on their outstanding work! The following is an excerpt from the message from our Police Chief:
“I would like advise all residents that this afternoon, thanks to a resident who is very intuitive and pays attention to details, we were able to locate an individual that she had encountered in her rear yard, after she immediately contacted us and gave a very detailed description. Officers and plain-clothes detectives immediately flooded the area and one of the detectives located and detained an individual matching the description perfectly. This person had outstanding warrants for which he was placed under arrest. Upon further investigation by detective bureau personnel, this person admitted to the series of burglaries that have been taking place in our Township recently. This successful result was from you, the residents, working along with your police department.”

I would like to point out to residents that burglaries are rare but these are not the only occasions in which they have happened nor is Springfield the only town to deal with this problem. Many area communities have burglaries as well and often the suspects cross boundaries. Social media makes these problems more well-known. Residents do not need to panic or be alarmed as our Police Department does a wonderful job preventing and investigating these incidents. However, residents should always be vigilant and report suspicious activity to our Police Department.

COMMUNITY
For a current listing of Springfield events, you can always visit my up-to-date Calendar at http://calendar.shehady.us

– Last year, I hosted a series of Town Hall Forums. One in particular was very popular and requested again – “Drugs in Our Communities”. I am repeating this event and co-hosting with New Providence Mayor Al Morgan. Join me on Thursday, August 4th at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. The featured speaker and special guest is Ms. Grace Park, Union County Acting Prosecutor. She will be joined by Julie Peterman, Supervisor of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office’s Guns, Gangs, Drugs, and Violent Crimes Task Force. Speakers also include Police Department representatives and public health professionals. Our towns are not immune to the dangers of drugs and addiction. This affects people of all ages from all backgrounds. Together as a community, we can raise awareness, work collaboratively, and gain additional knowledge about this issue. Please invite your family, friends and neighbors from all over Union County. I am opening this to everyone in Union County but registration is requested to ensure adequate seating. To RSVP, visit https://www.yourunioncounty.com

– The next Springfield Music Fest Concert in the series is next Thursday, July 21st from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Stop by Dr. Gary Hecht’s Chiropractic Office (201 Mountain Avenue) for a performance by “QED”. The full schedule is listed on my community calendar. View the poster at http://zszs.us/29wAxuj

National Night Out, “America’s night out against crime”, will be celebrated in Union County here in Springfield at Meisel Park on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6 to 8 p.m. It’s part of Union County’s “Family Fun & Flix” series so they will be showing the movie “Zootopia” as well. The movie starts at sunset. In the past, there has been food, refreshments, activities for kids, and emergency vehicles and public safety personnel from around the County. Bring a blanket and chairs!

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