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B.A. Camille Tooker confers with the Council and City Clerk during the 10/7/15 Business Meeting. *Photo by Carolyn Maxwell

B.A. Camille Tooker confers with the Council and City Clerk during the 10/7/15 Business Meeting. *Photo by Carolyn Maxwell

SOUTH AMBOY – Business Meeting 10/7/15 – One of the items for discussion included dedicated parking.

A Physician located on Bordentown Avenue requested that the Council take into consideration his request for 3 dedicated parking spaces in front of his office.

After much discussion, Business Administrator Camille Tooker said, “We can’t do this. It’s in a residential area and I find it difficult to have 3 spaces reserved for him. The Physician making this request understands that there is a Fire Station nearby and they are willing to share the spaces with them.”

Council President Mickey Gross agreed with Tooker and said, “I’m not in favor of this request.”

Tooker said, “I will ask the City Clerk Laura Kemble-Kalantsis to send out a letter to explain the situation to the doctor as to why these spaces were denied.”

Business Item d.) Resolution for Approval to Submit a Grant Application and Execute a Grant Contract with the New Jersey Department of Transportation for the Transit Village – Lighted Pedestrian Crosswalk Project.

City Engineer Mark Rasimowicz said, “This crosswalk would be from City Hall to the Transit Plaza across the street.”

After Rasimowicz’ remark, City Attorney John Lanza cautioned the Council, “We have to be very careful. In Metuchen, there was a lawsuit. The lighted crosswalk that they had was not lighted and a pedestrian who was crossing at that spot was hit by a car. The driver of the car and the town of Metuchen was sued. They never took the lighted crosswalk sign down even after the lights were not working.”

B.A. Tooker said, “It’s important that we put down exactly what we’re requesting in the grant application. We need a resolution to apply for this grant. The grant will be awarded based on what we’re requiring.”

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