Highlights of May 23rd 2017 Raritan Borough Council Meeting
The meeting was broadcast on "Cablevision-Optimum" Ch. 15 and "Verizon FIOS" Ch. 37.
Councilman Zack Bray was absent
A new service dog - a German Shepard - for the
Somerset County Sherriff's Office was
given the name "Bass" in honor of John Basilone.
Bass has trained for 16 weeks at
the Union County Canine Academy and is ready for duty.

Another dog named "Wild Man" was retired
after years of service to the county.

Police dogs are used to detect explosives, narcotics, and arson.
The contract for the work at Bell and Sherman Avenue was officially awarded to
Top Line Construction (they were the lowest bid) for $402,341.

Some equipment was deemed no longer needed - a desk at the police department and a computer at Public Works.

The Raritan Police Department has been approved to participate in the "1033 Military Surplus Program".

Raritan Police Officer - Kathy Sausa - ran a DARE program at St. Ann's School.
Mayor McMullin praised her for her ability to connect with the kids.
The Mayor hopes that this program can be held at JFK School.

One pool will have Sunday hours this year

A PO was approved to lease a vehicle for the police department -
A "Police Interceptor SUV". There are 3 payments of $9608 each.

A PO was approved for $5000 to the PIM Corporation to
remove and replace a 15 inch pipe at Riverside and Columbia Avenues.

Dawn Wilde will be joining the Historical Committee.

During Public Comments: Don Tozzi, President of the Basilone Memorial Foundation, announced
that a while back he decided to look into the possibility of renaming the Post Office after John Basilone.
He has contacted Representative Leonard Lance and things are in the works.
The next step is that paperwork will be received by the council from the government to move this along.
The name should be "The Sergeant John Basilone Post Office".

Somerset County Freeholder Peter Palmer, who is retiring soon, stopped by to say
that it has been a pleasure working with Raritan.
The Mayor and council thanked him for his service.