Highlights of Raritan Borough Council Meeting - May 10th 2016
The meeting was broadcast on "Cablevision-Optimum" Channel 15 and "Verizon FIOS" Channel 37.
Council Woman Denise Carra was absent.
Borough Engineer Stan Schrek and attorney Rich Wenner did their homework well
and thus were well prepared for the debate with the attorney representing
the developer on Orlando Drive.
The town officials felt that the developer would not lose any of his "construction rights"
if he demolished the building now. The developer had wanted to wait till he was ready to
build and had all approvals before he demolished the building,
That would probably have been a minimum of 6-9 months, but the town held firm.
The building is an eyesore and a detriment to the community,
so they ruled that he has 90 days to demolish it.
They want him to apply for the demolition permit in 30 days & provide an update in 60 days.
Good Discussion - 23:37
The town continues to go after those unfit buildings.
Lou Gara has requested a "Habitability Hearing" with the owner of property that
has 3 uninhabited buildings on the Somerville Circle / Rt 202
Three of the four buildings on the property are unfit and have not been used in years.
In fact the old Denny's and Popeye's Buildings closed 25 years ago in 1991.
Councilman Giraldi started a discussion about the "possible" upgrading of technology for the town.
Perhaps tablets or laptops for council people. He said that communication would be a lot better -
and that we should consider getting into the electronic age.

Councilman Foohey added that we could get Wi-Fi in the Council Chambers.
That would allow for checking things on the Internet mid-meeting.

The mayor added that currently there is no screen to show a slideshow.
He said that the Freeholders have a screen.
So at their meetings they display information on a screen for the public to view.

These are just things that are being looked into.
Click to see video - 4:51
Councilman Foohey talked about the "possibility" of running continuous announcements on
the cable channels. He wants to purchase a computer to do this.
Verizon Channel 37 is Raritan's exclusive channel so it could be done on Verizon.
But on Cablevision, we do not have our own channel.
Thus Councilman Foohey is looking into getting an exlusive channel for Raritan on Cablevision.
Another idea he had was to purchase another video camera for the purpose of filming events in town.
All just ideas for now.
Click to see video - 5:40
Other Meeting Highlights Include:

It was the last council meeting for Borough Clerk Maggie Schmitt.
Thus many on the council thanked her for the good work and wished her luck in her new job.

An ordinance was passed that exempted Borough Owned Property from Site Plan Review and Approval by The Planning Board.
The vote was 4-1 with Councilman Bray voting "No"
Purchase Order - approved (Vote 5-0)
$1,737 to "Fire Appartatus Repair" for repair on Engine 52-1 to repair jump line.
Public Comments
Tom Brown - has concerns - that due to the Ordinance just passsed - that the town, on its own projects, can now
bypass the Planning Board. Thus the town when it has a new project no longer has to notify the local residents within 200 feet.
Click to see video - 0:51
Don Tozzi - Thanked the officials for standing up to the developer and making him knock down the building on Orlando Drive.
Click to see video - 1:36
Mark Gara -about the poor conditions of the Baseball Fields
Click to see video - 2:07