Spotswood could come up short in $25K grant contest

Staff Writer

SPOTSWOOD — Borough officials were uncertain of what the final outcome would be when voting for the 2015 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant competition that closed on June 3.

The borough enjoyed much of the competition in the top 10, but began to slip in the final days of the competition, according to Business Administrator Dawn McDonald.

When the dust settled and the voting closed, Spotswood was listed as No. 41 out of 200. The top 40 towns are awarded the $25,000 grant.

“At 11:59 p.m. we were in 41st place,” Mayor Nicolas Poliseno said in a message. “The results will be finalized and published June 16. I’m praying we get this for our children.”

The borough planned to use the grant funds for the rehabilitation of Reider Road Park, which is subject to repeated flooding issues. Following the flood mitigation, borough officials said they were interested in investing in improvements to the basketball court and playground equipment.

“We promoted this through every possible avenue, and I’m praying it pays off for our residents,” Poliseno said. “It kills me now that I have to wait until June 16 to find out.”