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Council Concerns Addressed – 4/11/16 Caucus

PERTH AMBOY – An Ordinance to amend an ordinance entitled “An ordinance designating restricted parking space for use by handicapped persons. (Ordinance No. 380-85 and Amendments) adopted July 2, 1985. Also known as Chapter 255A ET SEQ of the Code of the City of Perth Amboy. RE: Additions and Deletions.

There have been discussions in the past as to how to determine the qualifications of an applicant who applied for a handicapped parking space. It was determined that a committee should be formed to do so.
City Clerk Elaine Jasko said, “There will be a posting on the City’s Website for 30 days for anyone wishing to apply to be on this committee.”

R-172-4/16 – Authorizing the refunds of 15 handicapped parking space application fees due to denial by the Police Department in the total amount of $1,500.00.

Jasko explained, “These 15 individuals who never received their refunds. Some of this dated back to the year 2013. This is to clean up the books.”

R-174-4/16 Authorizing a contract with Magic Touch Construction for the replacement of a 300 gallon electric water heater located at the Jankowski Community Center in accordance with the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey, formerly known as Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission in an amount not to exceed the sum of $21,678.96.

DPW Director Frank Hoffman came up to answer the concerns about what Council considered a large sum of money. “The savings on this will be on the back end. It was done by co-op and was purchased through them. This will save energy in the long run.”

R-179-4/16 – Authorizing the proper City Officials to enter into a five year interlocal service agreement with the County of Middlesex to provide emergency repair service for twenty traffic signals on an as-needed basis commencing January 1, 2016 and terminating December 31, 2020.

Councilman Bill Petrick wanted to know, “Will they use cameras to adjust with the traffic cameras?”

DPW Director Hoffman came up to explain, “These are for emergency purposes in case we can’t get in touch with our technicians. If anyone sees if the lights are out, call our department and we can see if the City is responsible for that specific light. We will be changing the pedestrian crossing lights

R-187-4/16 – Authorizing the Submission of a grant application for the USDOT FY 2016 – Tiger Grant Program for the removal and replacement of the Fayette Street Bridge in the amount of $6,250,000.00

City Engineer Jeff Rauch said, “You have 3 or 4 years to accept the grant. It will take between 2 to 3 years from start to finish to replace the bridge.

Business Administrator Cruz said, “The amount is actually $5 million for the grant and the City will be responsible for the remainder of the cost.”

Rauch came back and made a final comment, “We are hoping to get funds from Conrail and Middlesex County. We’re just hoping we can get the grant.”

Communication No. 4 – Residents of Madison Avenue, Lewis Street, First Street and Sadowski Parkway submitted a petition requesting that the Dominican Festival be moved to a place where it could be celebrated without disturbing the peace of the Residents.

Councilman Fernando Irizarry said, “The Council should have a town meeting with these residents to see if an agreement can be worked out. The festival season is coming up shortly and this is short notice.”
Council President Lisa Nanton said, “The City Business Administrator Cruz will reach out to these citizens.”

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