Highlights of June 14th 2016 Raritan Borough Council Meeting
The meeting was broadcast on "Cablevision-Optimum" Channel 15.
and "Verizon FIOS" Channel 37.
Councilwoman Danyluk was absent.
Click for full meeting 36:16
Councilman Foohey has just purchased 6 Samsung Tablets
one for each council member (The Mayor already has his own).
These tablets will allow the council to go paperless.
Currently they use paper handouts at the meeting.
Also the council will be able to reference information on the Internet during the meeting.
The cost was just $1409 for the six tablets, cases, and a two year warranty.
To get the tablets up and going the council chamber needs to be setup with a wireless
network and the Somerset County IT Technician will need to configure the tablets.
All this should be completed by next meeting.
Click to hear Councilman Foohey's Report - 3:19
It was announced that The Raritan Library would hold its
Ground Breaking Ceremony for the addition on Thursday, June 16th.

That ceremony has since taken place - a photo from the ceremony can be seen to the left.
L to R: Ron Rispoli - Library President,
Don Esposito - Led the Library Restoration Project 1969-71
Mayor Chuck McMullin
There are a couple of issues at the Canal:
The Bridge over the Canal (by the Basilone Statue) has been closed since
last October for safety reasons. Thus the walking path is inaccessible.
The council said it would follow up with the County to see when this will be repaired.
(The next day it was learned that the bridge will be replaced - but not until late fall.

Another issue is that the water in the canal is not moving because two miles upstream
the lock that lets the water into the canal is broken.
This causes the water to be stagnant - and that attracts mosquitos.
Councilman Foohey has contacted the County regarding when the lock will be fixed.
In the meantime the County is supposed to spray the canal to kill the mosquitos.
Click to hear discussion - 1:56
Other Meeting Highlights Include:

A moment of silence was held for the victims of the Orlando shootings and their families.

An old police vehicle - a 2003 Chevrolet Impala - is being sold at The County Auction

A resolution was passed allowing "Dynasty Softball Events" to use four of the Borough's playing field.
In lieu of payment Dynasty will make improvements to the fields.

$8080 was approved for upgrade so that the Fire Department's radios are compatible with the County.

Mayor McMullin has met with the County Chief Financial Officer.
The mayor is working on his plan of consolidating
Emergency Services and Recreation at The Washington School Site.
The mayor has asked for the needs assessments from the fire department, rescue squad,
and recreation to be given to him by the end of June.
Then in July, Mayor McMullin plans to share his findings with the council and the public.

The pools will be open starting Saturday, June 25th.
The Basilone Pool will be open on Sunday this year.