April 26 – Mayor and Council in a Minute

In case you missed the April 26th Borough Council meeting, here are some of the highlights:

Mayor’s News

  • Pedestrian Bridges: Crews are working on the installation of the new pedestrian bridges at Mee Lane and Dunlap Street.  Although bridges are in place, they are not complete.  Crews need to anchor them, pour additional concrete where needed and restore the surrounding landscape.  PLEASE STAY OFF THE  STRUCTURES UNTIL WORK IS COMPLETE.
  • Distracted Driver Campaign. SAFETY FIRST!  PUT DOWN THE PHONE WHEN YOU DRIVE! This is being strictly enforces!  UTEXT. UPAY.
  • Grass, brush, and garden debris will be collected in separate garbage cans without lids, borough-wide on Mondays through Dec. 12th.
  • Friday May 6th 6:30pm to 8:00 pm is Chat with the Mayor in the Lincoln Meeting Room Borough Hall.
  • Utility upgrades are continuing around the Borough. Please expect delays and detours.  We are in communication with the utility companies to advise them of best times, least  traffic disruption etc.  Despite this, the utility companies do not always provide advance notice or for how long.  Please be patient while this important work continues.

Library:

  • New Quite Area is complete! Go check out this lovely area with new paint, artwork, lighting, and chairs.
  • A beautiful flowing Yoshino Cherry tree was planted on the right side of the library by the JCP Foundation to honor the memory of Julia Claire Prasad.  The tree was donated by the Madden, Kowantz, McKnight, Rust, Jonny, Landsittel and Botvinis families.
  • Library is developing a long-term strategic plan. They are looking for residents to participate in community engagement sessions to provide input and have a voice with this plan.  See the Library website for details.

Finance:

  • The 2022 Municipal budget was presented and adopted at the April 26th Council meeting. Some highlights include:
    • A 1.98% increase in the Municipal tax. This equates to $61.00 per year on the average assessed home in New Providence.
    • Of the total 2022 tax bill, 20.7% remains in the Borough, 21.2% is allocated to Union County and 55.86% goes to the Board of Education. Remaining dollars are allocated to Borough and County Open Space.
    • Borough was awarded funds through The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. There are strict guidelines of how these dollars can and cannot be used . For 2022 the Borough will use $711 thousand of ARP money for 4 separate capital projects.

 Board of Education:

  • The NPSD budget was presented and approved
  • Various district students received resolutions for excellence in the Arts
  • Next meeting – Thursday, May 5 @ 7:00 in the Media Center

Historical Society:

  • Annual Dinner & Program – was held last Thursday, April 21@ Chimney Rock Inn,
  • Craft Fair – May 7th at the Salt Box Museum

The Borough will be hosting and sponsoring a July 3 celebration! This is a return to our great tradition of family and fun to celebrate our Country’s Independence. Stay tuned for details!

The Memorial Day Parade will return this year on Monday, May 30 at 10am.  If your community group would like to march in the parade, please call the Recreation office for more information.

 

Reminder!  Plastic bag ban takes effect May 4th  The message is simple, bring your own reusable bags when you shop.

 

For more details on these items, please visit our website;   https://www.newprov.org to watch the Borough Council Meeting.

 

Questions or need to contact us?  Submit an Action Line request on our Borough website.

 

 

 

 

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