The Scotch Plains Mayor and Township Council unanimously approved an ordinance that reduces the speed limit on Cooper Road from 35 to 25 mph. Motorists' average speed on the narrow, treelined thoroughfare, which includes 10 intersections with poor sight lines, is about 41 mph, according to a traffic study conducted by the police department. Meeting attendees asked about incorporating a pedestrian crosswalk, which Mayor Nancy Malool said she and the council would consider.
In addition, Malool and members of the council unanimously approved a $1.1 million capital improvement plan, which includes the refurbishment or reconstruction of several roads, sewer upgrades, reconditioning the tennis and basketball courts and Kramer Manor Park, and the purchase of new vehicles and equipment, including replacement thermal imaging devices for the fire department.
Finally, the mayor and council recognized David Bryan Sherman for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle Scout project, David renovated a classroom at the First Congregational Church of Westfield.