Borough plans road, park improvements

Staff Writer

Staff Writer

METUCHEN — Scheduled improvements to various borough facilities were the order of business at last week’s council meeting.

Councilwoman Marion Price announced plans to pave Bridge Street.

"We have designated $172,000 to get the job done," she said. "Anyone who has seen Bridge Street knows how urgent this situation is."

Bridge Street will be completely repaved from Route 27 to New Durham Avenue. The work is expected to be finished by the spring, officials said.

In other business, officials discussed the creation of two new athletic fields in Vidas Park. One will be an all-purpose soccer field while the other will be a traditional Little League baseball field.

Councilman Thomas Vahalla cautioned residents against expecting results too soon.

"We’re starting from scratch," he said. "There’s nothing but dirt there. Grass has to be planted and grown."

Vahalla said that with luck and good weather, the fields could be ready by next fall.

Other features planned at the park include on-site parking for approximately 40 or 50 cars, and new restrooms which will cost approximately $100,000, officials said.

Councilwoman Catherine Totin announced that the library has received a $31,000 grant to build access doors for the disabled as well as upgrade computers and telecommunications equipment.

Totin was pleased with the news.

"Computer usage at the library is huge," she said. "Upgrading the existing equipment is very important."