Highlights of Aug 9th 2016 Raritan Borough Council Meeting
Meeting was broadcast on "Cablevision-Optimum" Channel 15 & "Verizon FIOS" Channel 37.
All Council people were present
The mayor and council is requesting a "Habitability Hearing" with
the owner of the building at 13 East Somerset St.

This building has been vacant for some time. And it looks like it.

The town wants to have a hearing to see what the owner has to say.
Does this building just need TLC or are there major issues?
It would be best for it to be fixed up and made usable.
Another fallen hero will be added to the Wall of Heroes
in the lobby of the Municipal Building.

Dennis Crane, who was killed in Vietnam, was overlooked when
the Wall of Heroes was put up last year.

On Saturday September 17th at 11:30 AM a ceremony
will be held to unveil his tribute frame.

His tribute frame will read:
Corporal Crane Dies in Action
Somerset Messenger Gazette July 3rd, 1968
Corporal Dennis Crane of Spotswood, a former Raritan resident,
was killed in action June 15th 1968
at Quang Nam, Vietnam, while serving with the U.S. Marine Corp.
Born in Jersey City in 1947, he moved to Raritan in 1954 where
he lived on Vanderveer Road until 1960.
He attended the Raritan Intermediate School
and later attended South River High School.
Prior to joining the Marines he was employed by
Carpenter Steel Corporation of North Brunswick.
His death is believed to have occurred during
Operation Mameluke Thrust in Quang Nam Providence.
While engaging a large enemy force he was evacuating
wounded soldiers when an artillery shell
landed near him resulting in his death. Five other men were also killed.
Corporal Crane would receive the Purple Heart.
Dennis Crane was the son of the late Douglas Crane. Surviving are his mother,
Mrs. Florence Winters Crane, a brother, Bryan
and three sisters, Colleen, Diane, and Janice.
Other Meeting Highlights Include:

PSEG has installed a new pole with a light that shines on the Basilone Statue.

The County has at last asked for bids for the replacement of the Canal Bridge.
The Canal Bridge has been closed off for 10 months as it is in need of replacement.

A Purchase Order was approved for the Fire Department for $2052 for the annual fire hose and ladder testing.

The John Basilone Committee sent a letter to the council thanking them for their increased financial support.

The entire video of the meeting can be seen at the Borough's Web Site
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