Thursday, April 4, 2013
Township says new playground equipment will be installed this spring.
Memorial Park will have a new playground by Mother's Day, township officials said Tuesday. Burke playground equipment has been selected for the West Caldwell park, and installation is expected to be completed around the middle of May. The new playground will include an area for toddlers and a separate space for older children. The age-specific equipment will be on either ends of the padded artificial ground cover. There will also be swing sets and balance beams, and benches will be installed around the perimeter. The improvements to the playground are part of a multi-phase redevelopment of Memorial Park.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Township council introduces $18.3M budget with no cuts to services.
West Caldwell’s governing body showed unanimous support for an introductory municipal budget of $18.3 million Tuesday night. The amount to be raised by taxes is $12,450,999, which represents a 2 percent increase to the levy, Acting Township Administrator Michael Bramhall said. The average West Caldwell taxpayer will see an increase on their property tax bill of $4 per month, or $50 per year, Mayor Joseph Tempesta said. The average home in the township is assessed at $432,700, and the tax rate is 0.56 for every $100 in assessed value. “Quite frankly, the operating budget couldn’t be any tighter,” Tempesta said. The operating budget is about $250,000 greater than the previous year, a number that could come down if additional cuts are found…
Reorganization plan includes reassignments and new headcount.
The West Caldwell Council made a number of organizational changes Tuesday, including appointing Police Chief Michael Bramhall as acting township administrator. Bramhall will serve in the position with no additional compensation while the governing body conducts a search for a new administrator, Mayor Joseph Tempesta said. Council President Stephen Wolsky said choosing Bramhall “made the most sense” since the police chief handles the largest department with the largest budget in the township. Former Administrator and Clerk Jock Watkins announced his resignation last month and he begins administrative leave on April 3. Watkins worked for West Caldwell for more than 30 years in various capacities. “Jock Watkins, who has done a great job for …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Incumbent councilmen Joseph Cecere and Stephen Wolsky running for third and second terms, respectively.
The West Caldwell Council race appears to be uncontested in 2013. Republican incumbent Councilmen Joseph Cecere and Council President Stephen Wolsky are the only two candidates to have filed petitions to appear on the June primary ballot by the 4 p.m. deadline on April 1, according to the township clerk. A release Monday from the West Caldwell Republicans confirmed the two will seek re-election. It will be the third, three-year term for Cecere of Joseph P. Cecere Landscaping based in West Caldwell. Wolksy, general manager of Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, seeks re-election to a second term. The candidates, lifelong residents of the township, were running mates in 2010. "With their many combined years of experience and …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Awards pool concessions contract for 2013 season.
While the West Caldwell Council held off on introducing the muncipal budget until the April 2 meeting, several housekeeping ordinances and resolutions were approved Tuesday night. The council unanimously approved $451,000 in improvements to the Kirkpatrick Lane sewer pumping station. A bond ordinance was approved appropriating $1,348,000 for the design and replacement of water mains on St. Charles Avenue and Mt. Herman Way. With members of Cub Scout Pack 6 in attendance, West Caldwell Mayor Joseph Tempesta explained that by pounding his gavel, the ordinances the council had just approved had now become new laws for the town. The town also passed several resolutions regarding maintenance and improvements: In addition to these improvements, …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
New fencing and lighting for fields, as well as a new playground, in the works for this spring.
Memorial Park upgrades are moving along as part of a larger plan to improve West Caldwell’s recreation facilities this spring and summer. The deadline for bids to replace fencing and dugouts and add lighting to the two ball fields at Memorial Park is Thursday, Councilman Stanley Hladik, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee, said at Tuesday night’s West Caldwell Council Meeting. Hladik said the council is expected to approve a bid at the March 19 meeting and work would begin by the end of the month. The township will also be reviewing state contracts to replace the playground equipment at Memorial. The old equipment has already been removed to make way for a new plaground to be installed this spring, Hladik said. Other upgrades …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Township weighing options for reducing deer population.
West Caldwell is inhabited by approximately 50 deer per square mile, according to a deer density survey conducted recently by a state biologist. Township resident Michael Rauschenberger, a sharpshooter offering to conduct a free deer hunt for the town, presented the results of the survey at Tuesday night's West Caldwell Council meeting. Rauschenberger said he and the biologist, who he has worked with during deer hunts on the county level, along with two other volunteers, drove around town spotting deer for three hours on Monday, Feb. 25 and Friday, March 1. The biologist, who donated her time, used a formula based on the sightings recorded to determine that there are about 50 deer living per square mile in the five-square-mile town. …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Follow township on social media.
Sunday, February 17
The township of West Caldwell is now on Facebook and Twitter, Councilman Stephen Wolsky announced recently. The Facebook page has about 80 likes and so far information regarding the recent winter storm has been posted on the page. The Twitter account was opened on Feb. 8 and has about 40 followers and counting. The West Caldwell Police Department is also on Facebook and Twitter, @WestCaldwellPD. Residents can also like the West Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department's Facebook page
Friday, February 1, 2013
Township soliciting quotes for a concessions stand operator for Cedar Street and Westville Pools. Would you like to see Hollywood Pizza return?
Friday, February 1
West Caldwell is soliciting quotations from vendors interested in operating the concessions stands at the township's two pools, according to an announcement posted on www.westcaldwell.com. The township is looking for the vendor who is willing to pay the highest fee for the opportunity to run the snack bars at Cedar Street and Westville pools. The vendor must provide a proposed menu along with prices, and agree to a number of rules. For instance, the snack bars must be open whenever the pools are and have a manager at least 21 year of age present at all times at each location. The deadline for submitting quotations is Wednesday, March 6, at 10 a.m. A link to the application can be found here. In 2012, the concessions were awarded to …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Briana Hayden earns recognition from West Caldwell Assistance Board.
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Thursday, January 17
James Caldwell High School graduate Briana Hayden was presented with the West Caldwell Assistance Board's Community Service Award at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Hayden has volunteered for numerous organizations, according to Mayor Joseph Tempesta. She has worked at St. Rocco’s Shelter in Newark, participated in Habitat for Humanity’s Pittsburgh Project and volunteered her time as a cheerleading coach. “I think you have a tremendous future,” Tempesta said. Hayden is attending Rowan University in Glassboro.