Monday, May 13, 2013
Several township roads will be resurfaced based on priority, said Township Manager Tom Tucci.
Several Cedar Grove roads will be getting a much needed resurfacing, the township council announced during its May 6 meeting. The town plans to resurface Daniel Drive, Jefferson Road, Mountainview Drive, Highview Terrace, Hillsdale Road, Cecil Court and Tower Drive. The project is estimated to cost approximately $243,000 and take around 30 to 45 days to complete. The completion of the project is subject to the availability of the contractor since spring is paving season, said Township Manager Thomas Tucci. “These streets are not randomly selected,” said Tucci. “They are taken from the roadway survey document. All the roads are graded and they go in direct order and the worst ones are done off the top.”
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Council unanimously approves blueprint at Monday night meeting.
The Cedar Grove Township Council voted unanimously to adopt a $12.5 million 2013-14 municipal budget Monday night that will see resident’s taxes increase by 2 percent. Under the blueprint, a Cedar Grove homeowner will see a tax bill increase of $46.62 per $100,000 of assessed valuation on a home assessed at the borough’s average of $466,200, Tucci said when the budget was first introduced on Monday, March 18. The average local tax levy in Cedar Grove is projected to be $1,934.73, he told the council. The assessed value of the average home in Cedar Grove decreased from $470,400 in 2012, he said. Of the $12.5 million budget, $8,480,403 will be raised by taxes, he added. “The only reason taxes are going to go up a little bit is because the …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Cedar Grove redevelopment would include a multi-purpose field, running track, concessions and parking lot.
Cedar Grove leaders are taking a go-slow approach to a redeveloped Panther Park after hearing several different options at Monday night’s township council meeting, officials said. The original plan, first discussed in September 2012, included a turf multi-purpose field, walking track, concessions and bathrooms and featured three proposals from different firms from March 2012, Town Manager Thomas Tucci said at the time. The township initially set aside money for a design in the 2012 capital budget but the money was cut back and eventually removed, said Tucci. Carl O’Brien, a partner at Maser Consulting, presented a preliminary design to the council depicting many different options and possible choices. “We have come up with several options …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Three council seats are open in both Verona and Cedar Grove for the May 2013 election.
Both Verona and Cedar Grove will have new challengers for the May township council elections after two residents filed applications to run for council seats. On Monday, March 4, Stacy Kilkenny, a High Point resident, who has been very vocal at council meetings, submitted her application and petition for the Cedar Grove election. Three seats are open in Cedar Grove with Councilmen Joseph Chiusolo, John Zunic and E. Romeo Longo up for re-election. Both Chiusolo and Zunic handed in their applications for the ballot, said Martina Meding of the Cedar Grove Township Clerk's Office. Two other applications have been given out but neither has been turned in as of Tuesday, March 5, said Meding. Longo has served three full-terms on the council since …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Budget season continues in Verona and Cdear Grove.
The word "budget" is still on the tip of everyone's tongues as budget season continues in Verona and Cedar Grove. The Cedar Grove Township Council has completed their public budget hearings and will meet for a regular council meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 4 at town hall. An agenda is not yet available. The Verona Council has just begun its budget workshops and is also scheduled to meet for a regular council meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 4 at the Verona Civic Center. An agenda is attached as a pdf. Both the Verona and Cedar Grove Boards of Education will be meeting for special sessions after state aid figures revealed that neither district will see an increase in state aid. The Cedar Grove Board of Education meets at 8 p.m. on …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Township council will continue discussions at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
The Cedar Grove Township Council began its annual budget hearing Monday night under the tutelage of Cedar Grove Township Manager Thomas Tucci, who guided the council through the first half of the budget items. According to a recent Star-Ledger report, Cedar Grove had the lowest municipal taxes in Essex County in 2012, a fact not overlooked by Tucci and members of the township council. “Cedar Grove has the lowest local tax rate in the county, but we cannot rest on last year's laurels, every year stands on its own” said Tucci. “This year we will try to achieve that goal again and do the best we can for our residents.” According to the Star-Ledger report, the average municipal tax in Cedar Grove is $1,853, well below the $3,942 average Essex …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
State Senator was formally recognized by the Council for his service to the town following Hurricane Sandy.
During the Dec. 3 meeting, the Cedar Grove Township Council recognized state Sen. Kevin O'Toole for his service to the town in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. O'Toole provided “extraordinary service” to the township after Hurricane Sandy, said Mayor Peter Tanella, citing his work in acquiring gasoline for the township and working with PSE&G to get the town up and running. “Cedar Grove is so well taken care of and well prepared because of (Township Manager)Tom Tucci and the Mayor (Peter Tanella,)” said O'Toole. O'Toole said he had conversations three to four times a day with the township officials in the aftermath of the storm. “In those eleven days without power Mayor Tanella never said 'what about my house?'” Tanella was one of many …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Council discusses the next phase for redevelopment of multipurpose sports field.
The Cedar Grove Township Council unanimously agreed to move ahead with the design phase for a redeveloped multipurpose sports field during its Monday night meeting. The council approved plans to award money for Panther Park — a lighted football, soccer and lacrosse field with stands, a walking and running track and concession stands and bathrooms, according to Cedar Grove Councilman Joseph Chiusolo. “We are going to be awarding a contract for about $38,000 for the design phase for the completion of the park,” Chiusolo said. The council began discussions on the project back in March and revisited redevelopment at its Sept. 17 meeting. In March, the township received three proposals from different firms and initially set aside money for a …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
One-year Cedar Grove term would begin in July.
In a relatively short and routine Cedar Grove Council meeting Monday night, nominations were unanimously approved for Deputy Mayor Peter Tanella and Councilman Robert O'Toole to serve one-year terms as mayor and deputy mayor, respectively, beginning on July 1. During his committee report O'Toole had recommended the council initiate the nominations in anticipation of the reorganization meeting on July 1 when the positions will be formally approved. O'Toole and Tanella had both been re-elected last year to four-year terms. Making Cedar Grove Greener Both Township Manager Thomas Tucci and Tanella commended several Cedar Grove residents for their efforts in sprucing up the town this spring. Tucci thanked the Beautification Committee for their…