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Phillipsburg council approves Washington Street improvements

Published On: Feb 04 2014 09:21:31 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 05 2014 04:23:18 AM CST
PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. -

Thanks to a $450,000 grant, one of Phillipsburg's oldest streets will receive a much needed facelift.

Town Council, during Tuesday's night's meeting, awarded a contract not to exceed $68,745 to Van Cleef Engineering Associates, to provide engineering services for the upcoming improvements to Washington Street.

According to a letter from Town Engineer, Stanley Schrek, to Mayor Harry Wyant, the rehabilitation project will include work on Washington Street from the intersection of Harris Street to the intersection of Chambers Street.

The scope of the project is substantial, and will include partial removal and replacement of curb and sidewalk, installation of ramps and storm inlets, base repair and full mill and overlay.

The grant for the project is courtesy of the New Jersey Department of Transportation Trust Fund, according to a letter from Gov. Chris Christie sent to Wyant, dated Nov. 25, 2013.

Council President Todd Tersigni thanked Schrek for his role in securing the funds.

"This is one of our oldest neighborhoods," Tersigni said of the location where the project is taking place.

In other business Tuesday night, Council passed three ordinances on second and final reading.

One ordinance established 2014 salaries for unclassified employees.
Topping that list was a maximum salary of $105,000 to the town's chief financial officer.

On the opposite end of the spectrum were hourly rates with a minimum wage of $8.25 for jobs such as assistant playground leader, arts and crafts supervisor, lifeguards and pool maintenance.

Another ordinance established 2013-2015 salaries for library employees and the third ordinance related to repealing paragraphs of the town's code relative to long term tax abatement.

The sections deleted "unnecessarily restricts the ability of council to negotiate financial agreements with prospective developers" and the conditions "would have a deleterious effect on the promotion of business and development within the Town of Phillipsburg."

In addition, Wyant noted during a report that the nefarious weather had "taken a toll on our supply of salt."