Highlights of July 26th 2016 Raritan Borough Council Meeting
Meeting was broadcast on "Cablevision-Optimum" Channel 15 & "Verizon FIOS" Channel 37.
Councilmen Andy Sibilia and Zack Bray were absent.
The Raritan Historical Society along with
The Basilone Memorial Foundation are going
to put up "Tribute Flag/Banners" on the poles in the downtown.

Each flag pays tribute to a Raritan man who gave this live for our country.
Sponsors are being sought for this. Sponsorship is $100 per flag/banner.
So far 20 of 27 of our heroes have sponsors. So just 7 left.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a flag/banner
should contact Don Tozzi at 908-338-0000.
These poles will
get new banners
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 noon a ceremony
will be held to unveil his tribute frame.
On Thursday, August 4th @ 6:30pm at The Raritan Library
a Historic Talk will be given on the
Restoration of the Raritan Public Library.
Don Esposito will give a talk and slide show presentation on
how the General John Frelinghuysen Home was restored over 40 years
ago to become the present day Raritan Public Library.

Registration is required - please call the library (908) 725-0413 to register.
Other Meeting Highlights Include:

An ordinance for The Capital Budget was passed. The total amount was $625,000. Items include:
New SUV command vehicle for Fire Department $60,000
Guns for Police Department $25,000
Skid Steer Loader for Public Works $45,200
Reconstruction of Bell Ave. $145,000
Reconstruction of Sherman Ave. $145,000
Reconstruction of various roads $100,000
Reconstruction of various sewers $100,000
Preliminary Engineering for de-silting Cardinal Woods detention basin $5000

Ordinance 2016-11 was passed to tighten controls on vacant properties.
New councilman Robert McGinley summed this ordinance up saying that
"I think it will help the town a lot with a lot of the vacant properties that are left out there right now -
where nothing is being done - they have been foreclosed on - the bank is sitting on them ...
the grass has not been cut and the buildings are falling apart - I think this ordinance will help a lot."

Rossana Guiterrez was hired as a full time assistant to the Chief Financial officer at $38,000 per year.

Councilman Robert McGinley will assume all the liaison & board positions that Bryanna Danyluk had held.

The full video of all council meeting can be seen by visiting the town's website
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