Borough Council will convene in special session on Friday, 7:30 a.m. at Borough Hall. The meeting will be advertised in the paper and is open to the public.

The purpose of the meeting is to enable Council vote on a resolution to authorize the expenditure of $5,700 to cover NJ Department of Environmental Protection application fees. The fees are for the Nishisackawick Creek stream restoration project, which is intended to return the creek to its condition prior to damage done last year by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Much of the creek bank will be repaired, from Borough Park to the bike path.

If you haven’t been following this (Council has discussed it at practically every meeting since May), the project is expected to cost about $550,000. The borough is to receive a federal USDA grant to pay for 75% of the construction costs and a small portion of other costs (engineer, attorney, fees, etc.). But the terms of the grant requires the project to be completed by the end of the year. That’s actually a very short period of time to get it done, and every day counts.

For Council to wait until next meeting (Aug. 1) to vote on this measure would cost us a week – a week that most of us feel we can’t afford to lose.

At this time, the Nishisackawick Creek project is the only item on the agenda. I expect the meeting to last less than 15 minutes.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

– Warren