Due to the growing population of Caldwell Township, West Caldwell was incorporated as an individual borough on…More Feb. 16, 1904. The borough consisted of 3,175 acres and 410 people. Designated a township in 1982, West Caldwell now has 11,233 residents, according to the 2000 census.
West Caldwell has a mayor-council form of government with the mayor elected for a four-year term and the six council members elected for three-year terms. There are six standing committees of the Township Council and each member chairs one of the committees.
Mayor Joseph Tempesta Jr. leads the council of President Joseph Cecere and members Dominick Aiello, Richard Otterbein, Rosemarie Sutherlin, Stanley Hladik and Thomas O'Hern. The council meets at the municipal building on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
The engineering, planning and zoning department provides planning, design and construction management of municipal…More improvements; site plan review, management of the recycling program; inspection of new subdivisions and site improvements; maintenance of maps and records; preparation of grant applications, and coordination with public works and water department.
Members of the Planning Board and Zoning Board are appointed by the mayor and town council members. The Planning Board usually handles commercial development and the Zoning Board deals with residential variances.
The Planning Board includes: Peter Collette, chairman; Richard Mudd, vice chairman; Dave Boyer, member; Charles D. Smith, member; Joseph Tempesta Jr, mayor; Rosemarie Sutherlin, councilman; Benedict Martorana, engineer; Stephen Jarossy, alternate member; Patricia Garruto, alternate member; Scott G. Collins, attorney; John Bock, zoning officer; Jock Watkins, construction official; and Joseph Dunn, clerk. The Planning Board meets at the municipal building the first and third Monday of each month at 7:30pm.
The Zoning Board of Adjustment includes: Thomas Farrell, chairman; members Jerry Selvaggi, Thomas O'Hern, Steven Backfisch, Kenneth Dolan, Steven Janes and Stanley Hladik; alternate members Ed Malia and Mitchell A. Payne; James L. Lott Jr, attorney; John Bock, zoning officer; Jock Watkins, construction official; and Joseph Dunn, clerk. The Zoning Board meets at the municipal building the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm.