Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Personette Avenue in Verona will be getting new gates to help ease traffic congestion.
Verona's Personette Avenue will be seeing a new type of gate called a trombone to help ease the traffic congestion, according to a recently published report. The trombone will facilitate westbound traffic while discouraging drivers from going down the wrong direction of the one-way Personette Avenue, township engineer Jim Helb told NorthJersey.com. The project will be payed in part by a New Jersey Department of Transportation Grant of $200,000, which also includes paving the road. The work should begin in June and take about six weeks to complete, said Helb. "We're going to have a very aggressive construction schedule," he added. "I think this is going to be a great project."
Monday, May 20, 2013
Verona Council to discuss phase II of the Hilltop Park project during a special meeting on Tuesday, May 21.
The Verona Township Council will hold a special meeting, Tuesday, to discuss the next phase of the Hilltop Park project. The outside meeting will be held Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hilltop site behind the Verona Community Center. In April, the council voted 4-1 to approve the $5.125 million bond to finance the project. Dozens of Verona residents packed the chamber to show support for the athletic field project. After a lengthy discussion, Mayor Frank Sapienza, Deputy Mayor Bob Manley, Councilman Jay Sniatkowski and Councilman Michael Nochimson all voted in favor to thunderous applause from those in attendance. Councilman Kevin Ryan voted not to approve the bond. The council will go into Phase II of the project in more detail …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Unofficial results from Essex County Clerk put Verona's Bob Manley up on Rich Williamson by single vote.
Verona and Cedar Grove residents have decided to maintain the status quo voting their incumbents back into office, according to unofficial results from the Essex County Clerk's Office. In Verona, incumbents Kevin Ryan and Jay Sniatkowski won with 1,153 and 1,036 votes, respectively. Incumbent Bob Manley eeked out a victory over challenger Rich Williamson by a single vote, with Manley garnering 1,009 votes and Williamson 1008. Manley isn't celebrating just yet, however. “It's extremely close,” said Manley just after the numbers came in Tuesday night. “I think we have to wait for the county to do a final count, but hopefully it will be good news.” Williamson was not immediately available for comment. The makeup of the council will stay the …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Township Manager Joseph Martin and healthcare consultant Mark Ferrara discussed healthcare increases during Monday night's council meeting.
Tuesday, May 7
Verona's healthcare consultant Mark Ferrara addressed the Verona Township Council on Monday, May 6 about impending increases in healthcare costs, according to a published report Tuesday. Ferrara and Verona Township Manager Joseph Martin discussed the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” and how it will pertain to the township and costs associated with the new law, according to NorthJersey.com. "This law is about a revenue grab for the U.S. Government," said Ferrara. "There hasn't been a lot of language for municipalities, I can't give you more than that, but there's nothing that says you are not subject to these taxes." Ferrara said there are about 300 people covered under the Verona healthcare program. In January 2014, a …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Verona council hopefuls discuss improving the business district, transparency and employee salaries.
Verona's seven council candidates took to the stage in front of about two dozen residents Tuesday night for a public forum focusing on Phase II of the Hilltop Reservation, transparency in government, expanding local business and salary negotiations. The forum, at the Verona Community Center, featured incumbents Jay Sniatkowski, Kevin Ryan, and Bob Manley and challengers Rich Williamson, Alex Roman, Al DeOld and Teena Schwartz, who are all running for three four-year seats on the Verona Township Council on May 14. Each candidate was allotted a two-minute opening statement and a 90-second response to five questions posed by Alex Graziano of the Verona Chamber of Commerce and Lillian Ortiz of the Verona-Cedar Grove Times. Each candidate was …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Three possible tax levies to be considered by council.
At Monday night’s Verona Township Council meeting, the board reviewed and introduced the 2013 municipal budget and discussed the potential tax impacts. Verona Township Manager Joseph Martin called the introduction an “important step in the budget process,” adding the blueprint is not yet finalized and further discussions need to take place before the plan is eventually adopted by the council. The 2013 budget totals $21,311,735, of which $15,234,972, or 67 percent, will be covered by taxes. The tax levy would have been $19,764 lower than in 2012 if not for storm emergencies, Martin said. “The council needs to decide in the coming weeks on the levy amount to be raised by 2013,” said Martin. Verona Tax Assessor George Librizzi discussed three…
Monday, March 18, 2013
Teacher for 38 years announced his candidacy in the May 2013 Verona Council election.
Al De Old, a Verona resident of more than 40 years, announced early last week he would be a candidate for the Verona Township Council in the May 2013 election. De Old, who has worked as an industrial arts and technology teacher for 38 years, has served on the Verona Township Council Budget Review Committee and on the Verona Board of Education 24/7 Policy Review Committee. “I have attended town council meetings for the last four to five years,” he said. “Over the last few years I felt there was a need for change because many council decisions were for unnecessary expenditures.” What issues are important to you as a resident? The major issue, in my opinion. is the escalating tax rate. My goal is to maintain a good quality of life for Verona …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Both Verona and Cedar Grove councils will meet for public sessions as well as the Cedar Grove Board of Education.
February will kick off with town meetings in both Verona and Cedar Grove. The Verona Township Council will meet Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in council chambers at 600 Bloomfield Ave. A meeting agenda is attached. The Cedar Grove Township Council also meets at 7 p.m. at town hall, 151 Pompton Ave. An agenda is attached. The Cedar Grove Board of Education meets on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. at the North End Elementary School Media Center, at 122 Stevens Ave. A meeting agenda is not yet available. Check out more events going on in Verona and Cedar Grove this week. To see all area events, click on Events at the top of this page. Click here to add your events. Intro to Vinyasa Today, 9:15 a.m. Starseed Yoga and Wellness, 271 Grove Ave., Verona …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Township Council settled with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection over litigation dating back to 2007.
The Verona Township Council announced at its Tuesday night meeting it had settled a lawsuit with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) involving the township’s wastewater treatment plant on the Peckman River. The NJDEP imposed certain requirements in December of 2007 for the plant, but the township felt some of the regulations imposed by the NJDEP did not apply to the township. According to the resolution passed Tuesday, litigation was brought forth “to contest certain provisions of its New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit as arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable and without technical basis...” “We try to make sure that the requirements placed upon Verona are appropriate,” said Verona's Attorney …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Local Verona business owners, Don Smartt and George and Kathy Anderson donated seven generators to the township of Verona and were recognized for their contribution during Superstorm Sandy.
Local Verona business owners, Don Smartt and George and Kathy Anderson were publicly recognized for their donation of seven generators to the Township of Verona during Monday night's council meeting. “We know that times like Hurricane Sandy challenge us all and we are in a position to help extend the services you give to the people of this community,” Smartt told the council during the meeting. Don Smartt is the owner of Don Smartt and The Community Advocates, located at 450 Bloomfield Ave. while the Andersons are the owners of Anderson Electric Corporation, on 1 Woodland Ave. During Sandy, the township was able to provide generators to two young families during the storm, said Township Manager Joe Martin, who added he was pleased by their…