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Westville Council Planning Renovations for Library

By Sara Martino

NEWS Correspondent

  Mayor Michael Gal-braith and Westville Council members approved a contract with the firm of Medefindt Architects, RA, of Lawnside to begin drawing up plans for the Westville Library renovations.

  Earlier architect plans for the project had been drawn up, and were considered as infeasible due to the estimated cost of the additions to the existing library building.

  Kimberly Medefindt, architect, will receive $19,000 for the new drawings and for bid packages. An hourly fee for any additional work was discussed, but not settled on or announced during last week's Council meeting.

  Gwen Carotenuto, the library director, and other members and trustees of the Library have attended council meetings and library meetings hoping to hear the news that the plans will be underway.

   The borough will receive funds from a NJ State Department of Community Affairs grant, and also $100,000 from the state for the renovations.

  One of the goals of the project is to bring the library into compliance with the Americans with Disability Act.

  Also, Borough Administrator William Bittner said the architect was asked to give her opinion concerning the Borough-owned property at 200 Broadway.

  Bittner said the conditions inside the building warrant serious repairs. The governing body said it would like to receive other estimates in addition to Medefindt's.

  A resolution was approved to award low bidder, EN-TECH Corporation, in the amount of $463,535 for the rehabilitation of the Borough's sanitary sewer line.

  "We were waiting for a letter from the state authorizing the award, and now we can get the project moving," Bittner said. A construction meeting with the firm, the borough engineer, Norm Rodgers, and borough officials is scheduled for March 3.

  "This is an expensive project. We have had serious infiltration into the sewer lines for many years. Eventually we will see a decrease in the flow to the MCUA resulting in an increase in their fees," Mayor Galbraith said.

  While those fees may go down, the new recycling tax to the Gloucester County Improvement Authority (GCUA) is changing from $1.60 per ton to $3.00 per ton for solid waste.

  "Some of the fees can be refunded due to our recycling program in the borough. Hopefully, this will be an incentive for residents to continue the recycling," said Public Works Manager, Donna Domico.

  At the present time, according to Domico, the town recycles about 1000 tons per year.

  In other business, Patrolman Michael Shomo was approved as Patrolman for 4 to 5 years effective January 28. Stephen Finger was appointed as water/sewer operator V, also effective January 28.

  The borough accepted a letter and check for $15,879.65 from Comcast Cable for franchise fees for the use of municipal rights-of-way.