Two weeks after Scotch Plains Mayor Nancy Malool and the Township Council voted 4-1 to declare Shackamaxon Golf and Country Club an "area in need of rehabilitation," they again voted 4-1 at their monthly business meeting Tuesday night to authorize a professional services agreement with Maser Consulting, based in Red Bank. The firm will prepare a redevelopment plan with regard to any potential future development at Shackamaxon, as well as the possible relocation of the Municipal Building, public library, public works yard and other municipal properties. Councilman Mickey Marcus, who opposed the declaration two weeks ago, voted against hiring the planner.
Here are the rest of the main items from the mayor and council's meeting Tuesday. Stay tuned for more later this week.
Zoning and the Newmark School Malool and the Township Council unanimously approved an ordinance that amends the township's zoning laws to establish special needs schools as a conditional use in the B-1 zone district. The measure clears the way for the Newmark School, a nonprofit with locations in Plainfield and Carteret, to build a special needs school at the former Verizon property on Cellar Avenue.
Risk Manager Approved Malool and the Township Council voted 4-1 to name Pinnacle Risk Solutions, based in Pine Brook, the township's risk manager. Councilman Kevin Glover opposed the measure, citing the firm's lack of municipal risk management experience compared to other applicants.
Curbside Yard-Waste Pickup Township Manager Christopher Marion announced in his report that curbside yard-waste pickup will begin Monday, April 25. Residents can begin placing items curbside Friday, April 15.
Parking Restrictions Malool and the Township Council also unanimously approved new parking limitations on Promenade. Parking will now be prohibited on the east side of the street from 8 a.m. to 6 pm. Monday to Friday, from North Avenue to Channing Avenue. The restrictions are aimed at ensuring that visibility remains clear at the Channing and North Avenue intersections, and limiting commuter parking around the bus stop in that area.
Council Opposes Kyleigh's Law The mayor and council unanimously approved a resolution supporting the repeal of Kyleigh's Law, which requires drivers younger than 21 to place red stickers on their license plates. "It makes it easier for criminals and other predators to identify drivers under the age of 21," Deputy Mayor Mary DePaola said.
Russo Appointed to Planning Board The mayor and council unanimously approved the appointment of Tom Russo to the Planning Board. Russo is a lifelong resident of Scotch Plains, and previously served as the president of the Board of Education, Malool said. The appointment to the Planning Board is unpaid.