Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The councilman cited changes to his employment as his reason for leaving.
Garwood Councilman Victor DeFilippo (R) has resigned from Garwood Council as of noon today, Feb. 12. In a resignation email to Borough Administrator Christina Ariemma, DeFilippo cited a change in his employment, including a change to his hours and duties, as the reason for his exit. "It was a pleasure to work with all of you," DeFilippo wrote in the email. "I can tell you this was not an easy decision." DeFilippo was elected to council in Nov. 2010 and his three-year term would have ended in December of this year. To fill the vacancy, the Garwood Republican Committee must present three nominees to council within the next 15 days. Within 30 days, council must select one of those nominees to fill the position. If council cannot agree on a …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Garwood Council will meet for its first February meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall.
Garwood Council will meet for its first February meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall. Tuesday night's agenda includes a resolution recently discussed by council (13-167) that advocates for NJ Transit's recently tested dual-powered trains to be deployed on the Raritan Valley line, which runs through Garwood. According to Councilman Bill Nierstedt, these trains would provide a one-seat ride to New York Penn Station because they convert from diesel to electric power to go through Hudson River passenger rail tunnels. Currently, Raritan Valley riders have to transfer to an electric train in Newark to get to Manhattan. According to the ordinance, "a study by the Regional Plan Association estimated that every minute saved on the…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Drama ensued when Councilman Jim Mathieu debated Mayor Quattrocchi on the facts in a letter to the editor she wrote the "Westfield Leader" regarding the Athletic Field Complex.
Tuesday's Garwood Council meeting, the second regular meeting of the year, brought discussion between council members on Garwood's property taxes, the council's recreation committee, bulk pick-up and an argument between Mayor Quattrocchi and Councilman Jim Mathieu over a letter she wrote to the Westfield Leader regarding the borough's Athletic Field Complex. Mathieu also questioned Quattrocchi on whether the council was in violation of its bylaws for not appointing a three-member recreation committee. Property Taxes During the workshop session of the meeting Councilman Jim Mathieu criticized the council for 2012's 4.3 percent property tax increase after the Star-Ledger published the increases for the state and Garwood's increase ranked …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at borough hall.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Council President Sara Todisco says the paper refused to retract inaccurate figures on per taxpayer costs for the project from its Jan. 3 issue.
Garwood's first regular council meeting of the year brought fireworks, as Council President Sara Todisco took to the mic to call out the Westfield Leader for printing incorrect information regarding the borough's controversial Athletic Field Complex in its Jan. 3 issue, part two of the paper's annual Year in Review. Last month, officials ceremoniously broke ground on the $3.2-million project, which includes a new multi-purpose turf field, field house with a full kitchen and activity space, upgrades and lighting for the existing baseball field, and a bocce court. Plans for the building of the complex have been underway for more than 10 years, with the council granting final approval this past fall. Todisco says this is the second time the …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The newly elected council members took their seats for the first time.
On Jan. 2, Garwood Council held its first meeting of 2013, the annual council reorganization meeting. First on the agenda was the swearing in of two newly elected councilmembers, Democrats Bill Nierstedt and Ann Palmer. Nierstedt and Palmer won seats in a race against Republican incumbent Tim Hak and newcomer Mike Martin, changing the voting makeup of council from a 50/50 split of Democrats and Republicans to a Democratic majority. (Read more on the election here.) Also sworn in were new Fire Chief Michael Tharaldsen and Assistant Fire Chief Leonard Spina. Council then had to nominate and elect a council president and unanimously elected Councilwoman Sara Todisco (D), who has been a councilmember since May 2011 and served as finance chair …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The annual meeting features swearing-ins and appointments to borough. committees
The Annual Re-organization Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Garwood for year 2013 will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at 6:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 403 South Avenue, Garwood, NJ. The public is encouraged to attend. For information call 908-789-0710.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Councilman Jim Mathieu called on the mayor to consider taxpayers and veto borough employee raises.
At Tuesday's meeting, Garwood council approved 2012 salaries for certain borough employees and 2013 salaries for the police department. Council unanimously approved the resolution regarding police salaries, which reflect a 1.75 percent raise from 2012. (A complete PDF list of individual salaries can be found in our gallery, right.) On the resolution regarding borough employee salaries for 2012, Councilman Jim Mathieu voted against the ordinance while other members voted in favor. (Councilman Tim Hak was absent.) The borough employee salaries put forth include individual raises over 2011; all raises were under two percent. Council also approved an ordinance setting salary ranges for borough positions. (A list of both 2012 salaries and …
Monday, December 10, 2012
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Borough Hall.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Garwood Council will meet for its last meeting of 2012 on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in Borough Hall. Tuesday's agenda is as follows: COMMUNICATIONS: 1) NEW JERSEY STATE LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES – 2) COMCAST – 3) BRUCE PATERSON – 12/06/12, RE: Letter from Bruce Paterson concerning County Taxes. 4) TOWNSHIP OF CRANFORD – 12/04/12, RE: Ordinance 2012-29 & 2012-34. ORDINANCES: Public Hearing on Ordinance 12-18, as advertised in the Westfield Leader on November 29, 2012, ADOPTION: Municipal Clerk to read by Ordinance 12-18 title only: ORDINANCE NO. 12-18 AN ORDINANCE FIXING SALARIES AND WAGES OF CERTAIN OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE BOROUGH OF GARWOOD, IN THE COUNTY OF UNION, STATE OF NEW JERSEY…
Monday, November 12, 2012
Council meets at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall.
Garwood borough council will meet for their first November meeting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13. See the full agenda for Tuesday's meeting in our gallery, right. The follow ordinances will be introduced at the meeting: Ordinance No. 12-13 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 30, ARTICLE II, SECTION 30-14, SUB-SECTION C-12 OF THE GENERAL CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF GARWOOD ENTITLED “GROUP MEDICAL INSURANCE” Ordinance No. 12-14 AN ORDINANCE TO ASSIGN A RESTRICTED HANDICAPPED PARKING SPACE AT 54 THIRD AVENUE IN THE BOROUGH OF GARWOOD COUNTY OF UNION, STATE OF NEW JERSEY ORDINANCE NO. 12-15 An Ordinance TO Establish chapter 150 of the code of the borough of garwood establishing That A Business Entity Which Makes Political Contributions To Municipal Candidates And…