BOE votes to use banked cap in budget

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Thanks to the approved use of banked cap, the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education was able to save four elementary school faculty positions, but big staffing reductions are still coming to Columbia High School. On March 21, the BOE passed the $125 million school budget on first reading with […]

BOT clears up inconsistencies in HPC ordinance language

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Historic Preservation Commission’s role in local affairs has been clarified thanks to an ordinance passed on final reading by the Board of Trustees at its March 14 meeting. Ordinance No. 2016-09, approved with a 5-0 vote — Trustee Jeffrey DuBowy was absent — supersedes and replaces ordinances No. […]

Maplewood to see 1.96-percent tax increase

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood residents can expect to see a tax increase, according to the preliminary 2016 municipal budget, which was introduced at the March 15 Township Committee meeting. According to budget documents, the township’s Finance Committee is proposing a $41.5 million operating budget for 2016. The first reading of the preliminary budget was approved […]

BOT becomes health board, absorbs duties

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Board of Trustees members will soon take over as the Board of Health. The trustees voted March 14 to pass an ordinance on second and final reading that dissolved the board and allowed the BOT to absorb its responsibilities. The BOT voted 5-0 — Trustee Jeffrey DuBowy was […]

Two towns choose ASI for reassessment

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood and South Orange will likely again use Appraisal Systems Inc. of Whippany for the upcoming joint property reassessment. Maplewood and South Orange will be conducting the joint reassessment — though Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca said at the March 1 Maplewood Township Committee meeting that South Orange will be […]

Maplewood may seek artwork to keep downtown beautiful during redevelopment project

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Between passing ordinances and resolutions at its Feb. 16 meeting, the Maplewood Township Committee discussed the post office site redevelopment and some possible initiatives that may come with it. Although the redevelopment project, which drew mixed conversation of both support and ire for years, is now under way, there is still more […]