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Brooklawn: Striped Bass Delay Development Along Delaware River

By Sara Martino

NEWS Correspondent

BROOKLAWN NJ-A previous delay in the improvements along the Brooklawn waterfront was attributed to the findings by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other state officials that concerned the possible finding of artifacts from an old fort and an endangered plant life.

Now, according

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to the borough’s engineers, one of the reasons for the present delay is the breeding season of striped bass in the river.

Any construction along the waterfront is prohibited at this time.

Scott Smith from Kei Associates told Brooklawn Council during its March 16 meeting that other capital improvements are continuing.

“An additional $250,000 from the NJ Department of Transportation for the Bergen Street project is allocated, as well as $180,000 towards the Brooklawn Circle project,” Smith said.

Councilman Greg Gilbert asked the Borough Sidewalk Committee to work in conjunction with the Shade Tree Commission in seeking grant funding for both improvements.

Councilman Jerry Granstrom said the Borough will maintain existing trees and replace those that are removed due to age and serious damage.

Borough Clerk Barbara Lewis said the Recycle Bank program will start a little later than planned.

“We are ordering new cans and will probably start up in May,” she said.

A letter will be sent to the residents regarding the recycling program.

Councilwoman Theresa Branella conducted the meeting in Mayor John Soubais’ absence. She reminded the governing body that newsletter copy is needed.

Upcoming events include the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 11; the Town Clean-up on Saturday, April 25; and a Town Yard Sale on the first Saturday in June.

A meeting to introduce the budget was scheduled for Monday, March 23. Lewis said many revenues are down, and with a 4 percent tax levy the budget process is going to be very difficult.

In other business, Council approved resolutions to give a $20 “home allowance” for Borough homes using oil heat, as the cost is higher than gas heat; approved a recycling tax reimbursement that would give $3 per ton back to the Borough; and authorized a CDBG project for curbing and sidewalks at the Memorial Park.

Discussion on a Fence Ordinance will continue after talking to members of the Planning and Zoning Boards regarding erection of six-foot fences.

Variances are needed at present, but any further six-foot fence must have at least two feet of lattice or other see through material on the top.

The boards also will discuss whether an ordinance may demand vinyl or PVC materials.

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