The Fanwood Recycling Center served nearly 3,500 patrons from more than 25 communities during the month of April, according to data presented from one of its directors at last night's borough council meeting.
Alan Ebersole, the manager of the recycling center, addressed the council last night in hopes of receiving funds for repairing facets of a facility that has received substantial use from residents of Fanwood as well as other communities throughout Union County in recent months.
According to information collected by Ebersole during eight days of the center's operation in April, a total of about 3,391 Union County residents used the facility during the month.That included 2,400 Fanwood residents and 597 residents of Scotch Plains.
In addition to visits from other Union County residents, recyclers also traveled from Hudson, Essex, Morris Somerset and Middlesex counties to use the facility during the eight days it was open in April.
Ebersole said that when the county recently distributed $150,000 for recycling purposes, the funds were allotted based on the size of the recipient community. While other towns received as much as $7,500, he said Fanwood received just $3,000. The shortage of funds has caused the center to put off repairs such as paving the grounds and filling pot holes.
"We have expenditures," Ebersole said. "I want to pave the place."
Ebersole said because people have demonstrated that they are willing to travel significant distances just to properly recycle batteries and similar objects, Fanwood should take steps to ensure the facility is in optimal condition.
"We have got to make things available to people who want to do it right," he said.
The council suggested that it is unlikely that there is grant money available for paving the recycling center, but it commended Ebersole on the work he and others have done to make the center as successful as it has been.
In other news addressed at last night's meeting:
- A meeting was recently held to discuss the merging of Fanwood and Scotch Plains Police Departments. Discussions focused on health benefits. Chief Richard Trigo and Chief Mahoney are with their respective CFOs on different budgets to present to the respective councils.
- Credit cards will soon be available to be used a payment for recreation and construction fees and dog and cat licenses.
- During the last month, the police department received 1,231 calls, including 72 911 calls. There were 1,072 motor vehicle stops, 593 summons distributed (410 motor vehicle summons) and three DUIs. The Click-It-Or-Ticket program resulted in 103 citations. There were 23 arrests, but no juvenile arrests.
- Residents, particularly senior citizens, were reminded that they are encouraged to contact the police department during this week's expected heat wave if their air conditioning does not work. There will be a cooling station available at the Chelsea.
- Residents with home businesses are encouraged to contact the Fanwood Business Association at http://fanwoodbiz.readyhosting.com/.
- The Glenwood Road project to fix damage and better prepare for flooding is underway. Yards are currently being photographed. Also, Herbert Avenue is receiving a makeover. The project is planned to be underway shortly after July 4 and should take about five weeks.
- Capital budgets are being assembled.
- Fanwood will be applying for a Union County History Grant to be used on new display cases at the Fanwood Museum.
- The Planning Board has four proposals it will consider at its June 27 meeting, bringing the total to six proposals in recent months.
- Parties in the park will begin Tuesday, June 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The first film of the summer movie series will be "Rio." The basketball courts are ready for use and the open-air pavillion is available for use as well.
- Re-development plans will include 24 two-bedroom apartments being shown for rental. It is believed they will go pretty quickly, since there is already a waiting list to view the apartments. Patch will continue to report on this story as more information becomes available.