Monday, April 1, 2013
The Village released information gleaned from online surveys
From the Village website: The Village today released the aggregation of the raw data associated with the surveys that were filled out to gauge the community's input and feedback on a number of items post Hurricane Sandy. No personally identifiable information is included in any of the reporting or will be included in any forthcoming reports. Village President Alex Torpey, also the Village's Director of the Office of Emergency Management noted that "Although we're still collecting some data, we have taken the step to post all of the cumulative responses today, and will include this information in our official after-action report, which will include a lot of data and feedback, and how we take steps to prepare for future storms. We have an …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
South Orange hires Adam Loehner as deputy administrator.
The South Orange Board of Trustees Thursday approved the appointment of Adam Loehner as deputy administrator. Loehner leaves his position as as director of community relations at Seton Hall University to begin work in the Village on April 15. He will earn $88,500. Loehner was one of 78 applicants. Village Administrator Barry Lewis Jr. said, “I continue to be more and more impressed with Adam overall.” At the same meeting, Loehner presented a quarterly report on Seton Hall - South Orange relations.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Trustee Howard Levison urges public to stay informed, contact representatives
As a Trustee of The Township of South Orange Village I want to convey an urgent plea for assistance with respect to a lawsuit involving the pollution of the Passaic River and the Newark Bay brought by several industrial polluters against the Village and over eighty-five (85) other public entities. The third party lawsuit seeks to have the public entities contribute to the cleanup of those resources. This litigation has been and continues to be costly, placing a significant financial burden on the citizens of New Jersey. Not only are the citizens paying for the State’s costs in this litigation, but they are now also being asked to contribute based upon sewage waste from the municipalities in the region. In December 2005, the State and the …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
After Superstorm Sandy, the Village and residents will talk about what worked and didn't
Village President Alex Torpey and the trustees will visit South Orange's neighborhood associations in coming weeks discuss and solicit feedback on residents' experiences in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. In coming weeks, residents will receive a survey on the same topic, as trustees discussed at Monday's meeting. After the neighborhood association meetings, the trustees and town officials plan to schedule a town hall meeting for members of the public who care to hear or say more, or those who aren't connected to an association. The schedule of meetings follows: Jan 9 - Montrose Historic Park Association Jan 10 - Upper Wyoming Neighborhood Association + Wyoming & Ridgewood Neighborhood Association Jan 16 - Tuxedo Park Neighborhood …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
South Orange selects New York City-based developer Jonathan Rose LLC on Wednesday.
The Village of South Orange Wednesday announced the selection of Jonathan Rose, LLC of New York as the developer for the site at the corner of Valley and Third streets. The Rose proposal, shown here, includes a mixed-use building of residential over commercial and institutional space, with a designated parking structure. This project will span current parking areas and the South Orange Rescue Squad building at the corner of Third and Sloan streets. Earlier this year, according to the village, South Orange solicited proposals for the redevelopment of village-owned property on the southwest corner of Thirs Street and Valley street. The request sought proposals for the redevelopment of the property as a mixed use, residential over commercial…
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Village asks for residents involvement in communications and marketing
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Village officials last night announced that the Public Information & Marketing Committee has been re-established and is looking for community volunteers. The Committee was originally established in 2008 by resolution, re-established in 2011 by resolution and most recently re-established by the Village President under an executive declaration in the September 10th Board of Trustees meeting. The committee's goals will be: 1. Advising the Village on timely and effective communication to the community 2. Assisting in the implementation and execution of marketing, communication and outreach strategies on behalf of the Village 3. Assisting the Village President in recommending to the Board of Trustees policies needed to further these goals The …
Monday, July 30, 2012
During the public speaking parts of the meeting, residents asked for cooperation among South Orange elected official
Residents asked the South Orange Board of Trustees for civility and cooperation in their public interactions. On Monday night, during the two public speaking parts of the Board of Trustees meeting, residents came forward both to thank elected officials for their service, and to request "greater cooperation." Recent meetings have seen friction between elected officials, especially over issues of public safety communication and setting the meeting agenda. The communication concerns have been addressed. Village Administrator Barry Lewis explained that he and officials from the police and fire departments are establishing a protocol for email notification. Trustees will be notified of public safety events, such as a fire, and that …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
As of July 11, the sorting is over
Single-stream recycling arrives in South Orange on July 11. Residents will no longer need to sort paper from plastic from cans and bottles. In addition, more items than before can be recycled. What Residents Need to Know: Recyclable items will be collected curbside twice each month, on the second and fourth Wednesdays. (If one of those days is a holiday, the items will be collected the next day.) An expanded list of items can be recycled. The full list is here and attached as a pdf. New toters are available in three sizes, and can be purchased from the Department of Public Works or ordered here. For now, the toters that residents are using can still be used. If your recycling is not collected, please notify the contractor, Giordano …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Alex Torpey reflects on Year One
Alex Torpey was sworn in a year ago as South Orange's 48th Village President. He was elected in May 2011, when the provisional ballots were counted. "In the year since, so much has happened," wrote Torpey in a release. "So much so, that even with all of the frequent digital communication these days, it's important to take a block of time out and reflect on the past year. In that light, I addressed the Board and the public on April 30th, providing an update on what we've done over the past year, and what lies ahead. Watch the 2012 State Of The Village address or read about it from The Alternative Press." Torpey also released a short video reflection on the year.