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Parking, Sewer Fees, and Car Traffic Top Public Discussion at Council Meeting

Bloomfield Township Council listens to residents during public session.

A sewer ordinance that would require property owners to pay for damages and concerns about parking and car congestion, were among the topics raised by Bloomfield residents at this week’s township council meeting.

James P. O’Connell, said he is 86 years old and has lived in Bloomfield for 52 years. He spoke to the council  to oppose a sewer ordinance that would make property owners  responsible for any damages to the sewer pipe from the curb to the main connection in the street.

In addition, property owners would be required to keep the sewer pipe connection free of garbage.

 “I don’t own it,” said O’Connell, “That’s not my property so why am I paying for it?”

O’Connell argued that it would be an additional expense to residents, besides their municipal taxes. “The way I look at it, Mr. Mayor and council members, is that you have a responsibility to connect the curb to the water – that’s on your back,” said O’Connell, “Please don’t take it off your back and put it on mine and on the other taxpayers.”

Residents also complained at Monday night's meeting that cars along Thomas Street, from Winsor to the Glen Ridge border are speeding and causing parking and traffic congestion. “I fear that my children who still aren’t old enough, to know not to run after that ball in the street,” said Lauren Favetti who lives in the Third Ward, “We are way too overcrowded with cars.”

She blamed a rise in the number of multi-family homes and renters, which has impacted single-family homeowners.“Many of the multi-family homes are neglected. I happen to live next to one where I’ve had them call vermin control many times – it’s that neglected,” said Favetti.

She said residents in the community feel there is a lack of home maintenance and a lack of concern by the township about the impact and the effect on their quality of life.

 “We’ve had increased drug activity and increased domestic violence calls in our neighborhood,” said Favetti, “All of these things are making for a more unpleasant place to raise my family.”

Gabe August 23, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I'm new to town. Where is the Third Ward?
Enzo DiCostanzo August 23, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I couldn't agree more!
A August 23, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Totally agree 200% with both of you. Bloomfield is not what it was, and the Taxpayer is suffering . I live across an abandoned house that looks like a jungle. My taxes are through the roof, everything the mayor wants build he wants us to pay for it . Its disgusting
Bob Duthaler August 23, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Watch the Council Meeting Friday at 8pm on WBMA-TV, Channel 35 Comcast and Channel 30 FiOS. Can't wait until then? Watch in now, online in High Definition: http://cvp.telvue.com/player?id=T00304&video=63627
B August 24, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Speed bumbs should be installed on the street starting at Maolis and end at Clark. Parking congestion is a big problem due to the "multi units" in single family homes and renters from the Washington Heights parking their cars on the street. Add to the mix increased car, truck traffic, and unsavory people walking around from the strip mall next to the train station. If you suspect drug activity, then report it to the Blfd PD. Mayor McBlight, council, and developers don't give a hoot about the people who live in this area. It's going to get really bad with another 200 plus rental going up. All these rental developments that are being built only degrade the surrounding neighborhoods, and eventually the entire town. May as well rename the town, The Bloomfield Projects.

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