Highlights of February 14th 2017 Raritan Borough Council Meeting
The meeting was broadcast on "Cablevision-Optimum" Channel 15. and "Verizon FIOS" Channel 37.
Councilman McGinley was absent
Ray Nolte was sworn in as Raritan's New Police Chief
Chief Raymond Nolte is a 22 year veteran of the Raritan Police Department, who has assumed the role of Officer in Charge of the Raritan Police Department since October 2016.

During his career, Chief Nolte served in the Patrol Division, Detective Bureau and Traffic Safety. Chief Nolte taught D.A.R.E for 15 years and served as a negotiator with the Somerset County Emergency Response Team from 2008-2012. Chief Nolte was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2008 during which time he supervised a patrol squad. Chief Nolte was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2014 and has served as the supervisor in charge of the patrol division and as the administrative lieutenant in charge of the detective bureau.
Chief Nolte is a 2015 graduate of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police 14 week Command and Leadership Academy.

Chief Nolte holds an Associates in Science Degree from Ocean County College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Seton Hall University.
I, Raymond Nolte, solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States .... and that I will faithfully, impartially, and justly, perform all of the duties of Borough of Raritan Police Chief, to the best of my ability. So help me God.
Craig Monda was promoted to Police Lieutenant
Lieutenant Craig Monda is a 22 year Veteran of Law Enforcement with 16 years of service to the Raritan Borough Police Department. He graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy in 1997 and was hired by Raritan Borough in 2001.

Lieutenant Monda started his law enforcement career with Hunterdon County Department of Corrections and he later worked for the Hunterdon County Sheriff's Office, while also working part-time for the Delaware Twp. Police Department. Lieutenant Monda is a former member of the Hunterdon County SWAT Team and he served 8 years in the United States Army Reserves as a Military Police Officer, where he attained the rank of Sergeant.

During Lieutenant Monda's career with the Raritan Borough Police, he was assigned to Criminal Investigation Unit as a Detective, tasked with investigating crimes, supervision/registration of Megan's Law Offenders and he served as the juvenile officer.

As a Sergeant, Lieutenant Monda was responsible for the direct supervision of on duty officers assigned to his shift and officers assigned to special duties. Lieutenant Monda serves as the department's Rangemaster/Supervising Firearms Instructor responsible for training, weapons qualifications, weapons maintenance and the safety of the members of the department.
Upon his promotion, Lieutenant Monda will be assigned to administration as the Patrol Lieutenant
James Reniere was promoted to Police Sergeant
Sergeant James Raniere is a 12 year veteran of the Raritan Police Department. He graduated from the Monmouth County Police Academy in 2003 and was hired by the Raritan Police Department in 2005, where he began his career as a patrolman.

During his tenure as patrolman, Sergeant Raniere received numerous awards including:
A Raritan Police Department CPR Lifesaving Award
A MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) DWI Enforcement Award
He is the recipient of the Valor and Dedication Award that was bestowed upon him by the Somerset County 200 Club
He is the recipient of the Raritan Police Department Medal of Honor and the Raritan Police Department Exceptional Duty Award for his DWI Arrests.

In 2014, Sergeant Raniere was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division, as a detective. During his time as detective, Sergeant Raniere attended numerous specialized training classes and he investigated a countless number of cases. While a detective, Sergeant Raniere received a Letter of Accommodation from the Raritan Police Command Staff for a thorough investigation into a theft that led to the arrests and indictments of four subjects.
Upon his promotion, Sergeant Raniere will be assigned to the patrol division where he will supervise a patrol squad.
A New "Probationary" Officer Bryan Benites was hired
Bryan Benites is a 2011 graduate of Point Pleasant Beach High School, Bryan received an Associates in Science Degree from Ocean County College in 2014.

After graduating the Ocean County Police Academy in 2016, Bryan has worked as a Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer for the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department.

Upon being appointed Probationary Police Officer, Bryan will be assigned to a field training officer during which time he will go through Raritan Police Department 9 week Field Training Program. Starting in June 2017, Bryan will periodically attend the Monmouth County Police Academy as a waiver trainee. The additional training is required for officers who hold Class II PTC Certifications in order for them to become fulltime officers. His starting salary is $37,431.
The Raritan Municipal Calendar is now available.
It can be picked up at several locations including:
The Municipal Building, the Library, Quick Chek or Stop and Shop.

For a sneak peak of the masterpiece itself click here.
During Public Comments Don Tozzi formalized his request to hold the
annual duck race on Sunday, September 24th.

While it was not mentioned at the meeting the duck race will be the same day as the Basilone Parade.
This year the two popular events are merging together - after the parade everyone is invited over to the Basilone Statue. After the usual speech from the General and the Wreath Laying Ceremony there will be a Rock N Roll Band "Tommy Grasso and The Spins", food and drink, a "Patriotic Art Display/Contest" open to all and, of course, the duck race.
Other Meeting Highlights Include:

The bridge over the "canal spill way" along the walking path by the Basilone Statue has been replaced.

Barbara Rymer, 29 Alpine Way, Raritan, is hired for Technical Assistant to the
Construction Official and Clerk in the Tax Assessor's Office at an annual salary of $42,637.

Borough Clerk Eric M. Colvin is to serve as Webmaster for the Borough of Raritan website for
an annual salary of $8,340, effective April 1, 2017

The town is interviewing people to replace Frank Taddeo (who retired) as Property Maintenance Official

Public Works was commended on the good job that they did on the snow removal the prior week.

Zack Bray (on behalf of the council) offered condolences to the family and friends of Rich Deluca who passed away last week.
Rich was at one time the Borough Attorney.