Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Volunteer Springfield Flood Mitigation Committee formed to work with Environmental Commission.
The following update was posted on the Springfield Democrats' website. ------------------- The 2013 Township Committee got right to work this past week taking up the matter of flood mitigation in Springfield. Flooding during Hurricane Irene and previous storms have left Springfield residents with major damage to their homes and belongings. In an effort to reduce the damage caused by future storms, Committeewoman Margaret Bandrowski introduced a resolution to create the Springfield Flood Mitigation Committee. The resolution was seconded by David Barnett. This important committee, made up of resident volunteers, will work at a local, county and state level to bring best practices in development and land use to Springfield. The resolution …
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Republicans vote the bill in despite objections from independent and Democratic Committee members.
Township Committee member Hugh Keffer was succinct in the comments preceding the proposed repeal of Springfield's RVSA utility fee structure. "I am very disappointed with you gentlemen," Keffer said in the discussion preceding the vote. The ordinance passed 3-2, with Republican Mayor Ziad Shehady and Commiteee members Marc Krauss and Jerry Fernandez voting it in despite the objections of Democrat Keffer and independent Bart Fraenkel. Earlier this year, the Committee voted unanimously to take the fees paid to the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority out of the general property tax burden and charge residents for the fee as a separate utility. The mechanism put in place, which included a $250 minimum annual fee, was met with vocal opposition and…
Friday, June 25, 2010
Davis is back on the force, but questions about how he almost left it remain.
With Captain Carl Riley now in place as the highest-ranking officer of Springfield's police department due to his appointment by the Union County Prosecutor's office, and Captain Peter Davis now working with him as Executive Officer, Davis' resignation from the position remains a point of controversy among township officials. Disagreements and confusion are apparent on several fronts. Some officials say that the circumstances that led to Davis' resignation have been misunderstood. In addition, Davis' leadership has been debated in a series of email exchanges among committee members. The circumstances that led to Davis' exit are a point of some confusion. Springfield Township Committee member Hugh Keffer said in an e-mail that it was unfair…
Friday, March 19, 2010
State aid is $1,753,357.
Springfield will receive about $450,000 less from New Jersey in aid than in the last year according to an announcement by the state late Thursday afternoon. According to a document released by the state's Division of Community Affairs, Springfield is slated to receive $1,753,357, down from the $2,204,095 Springfield received in state aid in 2009. The drop, $450,737, is about 20.45 percent less than last year, which is in the loss range of what most Union County towns are experiencing. The drop in aid is part of a $359 million cut in aid to municipalities across the state. The announcement comes as part of Gov. Chris Christie's state budget announcement, which has proposed steep cuts to aid programs across the board. Earlier this week, the …
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Former members cry foul; Mayor says it was a necessary budgetary measure.
The Springfield Beautification Committee began in 1996 as the brainchild of Ruth Schwartz, who would act as its longtime chair. But with the recent change in municipal administration, the Beautification Committee has ceased to exist. Questions and rumors have been flying around about the group's ending. Some observers have said it was disbanded by a Republican mayor because its members were Democrats. Former members and others in town are quick to point to the group's accomplishments. Susan Permahos has been director of the Springfield Public Library for almost seventeen years. During that time she has seen improvements to the Library grounds, courtesy of the Committee, that includes two statues, pavers under the walkway benches, …
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Future of hiking or bike path on old rail lines unclear.
- Dan Breau
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Springfield may be getting comfortable with having winning sports teams, but championship athletics shouldn't be the town's only recreational goal. At the Township Committee meeting held on Tuesday, Jan. 26, township administrator Ed Fanning reviewed the goals of the Recreation Department: to provide learning, enjoyment, and companionship for children, adults and seniors. In the past, he said, some sports programs for children have been marred by a few parents who are too competitive and who stress winning. Such attitudes, he added, miss the point of public recreation activities for children. "Kids should have fun," he said, "and that's what we want to focus on." With regard to the oft-discussed idea of a biking and hiking path along parts…
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
The new Committee takes on an ambitious range of topics at their first meeting.
The first regular Springfield Township Committee meeting of 2010 was held on Jan. 12, in the Kenneth Faigenbaum Committee Chamber. It smoothly covered a wide range of topics and updates. Mayor Ziad Andrew Shehady, Deputy Mayor Bart Fraenkel, Committee Members Jerry Fernandez, Hugh Keffer, Marc Krauss, Township Attorney Jeffery Lehrer and Township Administrator Edward Fanning attended. The discussion generally fell under these topics: Technology, Roadway and Vehicle, 'Green' issues, Recreation and Government. Technology: Township Administrator Edward Fanning reported Springfield is switching telephone providers and that there is an issue in 'porting' (or keeping) the current numbers. While there is a Federal law that regulates this issue …
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
All information provided by Springfield's Deputy Township Clerk Linda Donnelly.
Township Committee AppointmentsDepartment of Revenue and Finance. Includes Township Real Estate, Insurance, Budget Control, Treasurer, Tax Collector, Pension Fund, Purchasing and Assessment of Taxes A) Marc Krauss Department of Public Safety, Includes Police Department, Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management, Local Assistance Board, Building Department and Construction Code Official A). Bart Fraenkel Department of Administration, Includes Office of the Township Clerk, Licenses, Personnel, Sanitation as pertains to Collection of Refuse, Township Attorney and Administrator A). Ziad Andrew Shehady Department of Public Affairs, Includes Parks and Public Property, Animal Welfare, Local Assessment Commission and Recreation A). Hugh …
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Committee Member Ziad Shehady is expected to be named mayor; will be youngest mayor in the state.
For the past two weeks, Ziad Shehady's name has been bouncing around political blogs and other media outlets. Shehady, a Republican who has served on Springfield's Township Committee since 2007, will be the senior member of the majority party on the Committee once newly elected GOP Committee members Marc Krauss and Jerry Fernandez are sworn in. To all appearances, it is certain that he will be the next mayor of Springfield. Similar political shifts like this are happening in municipalities all across the state. Why should attention be cast on a veteran politician becoming a mayor? Well, because at 25 years old, Shehady will be the youngest mayor in New Jersey. Shehady said he doesn't mind the attention his age brings; he hopes it will …
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Former Mayor and President of the Springfield Board of Education remembered and honored
There wasn't a dry eye in the house last Tuesday evening, when the Springfield Committee/Court Room was dedicated to the memory of former mayor Kenneth Faigenbaum, who passed away in August 2009. Alison Faigenbaum, along with son Jay and daughters Marla and Amie, attended. Various elected officials including Congressman Leonard Lance, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz and Freeholder Betty Jane Kowalski offered tributes to and memories of Faigenbaum, who was a public servant devoted to Springfield for much of his life. Along with his tenure as Mayor, Faigenbaum, a CPA, also served as President of the Springfield Board of Education. He was a devoted family man and friend and good neighbor to many. During the course of the meeting, a proclamation …