The amount will not be paid for through the town budget, because federal money will cover it.
"A community development block grant will pay for the entire project," Pianese said.
The project is expected to be completed within two months.Oil's not well on 76th Street
Also at the meeting, the commissioners passed a resolution allowing the North Bergen Department of Public Works (DPW) to remove grease and cooking oil from the sidewalk in front of a business on 76th Street. The business allegedly disposed of the oil in garbage bags, which were later removed by the Municipal Utilities Authority.
The responsible business will now be billed $415.80 for the cost of cleanup.
The money will go to cover the expenses of the DPW's graffiti department, which power-washed the offending substances from the sidewalk.
The board also passed a resolution to award contracts for legal services on an as-needed basis to 13 attorneys. Their legal specialties include administrative, bankruptcy, bond, construction, environmental, labor, landlord/tenant, land use, municipal, tax, and general litigation in state and federal courts.
"In today's world, as issues get more complex, we are better advised to have attorneys who specialize in certain areas," said Township Attorney Herb Klitzner. "We're long past the jack-of-all-trades era."
The commissioners presented two proclamations to North Bergen Boy Scouts who had achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout - Nicolas Ferrer and Ronald Pobutkiewicz.
Ferrer, 18, a senior at North Bergen High School, has been a scout since he was five. He's earned 38 merit badges. He plans to attend New Jersey City University, where he will study pre-law and political science.
"I want to be a corporate lawyer," he said last week.
Pobutkiewicz is also an 18-year-old senior at North Bergen High. A scout for only six years, he's racked up 33 merit badges. He plans to attend Bergen Community College and study graphic design. He has his sights set on being a teacher.
Both scouts earned merit badges in a wide array of disciplines, including cooking, fitness, first aid, personal management, and citizenship in the community, nation, and the world. They've received flag signal training, map and compass training, medical training, and survival skills training.
Just drop it
In an effort to ease the load for some North Bergen residents, the board passed a resolution to locate a United Parcel Service drop box in front of Town Hall. Said Pianese, "It's a convenience factor for Town Hall workers and others in the area."
A mixed bag
The agenda also included issues involving claims payments, crosswalk replacement, hazardous intersections, park repairs, property sales, property taxes, sick pay, street improvements, tax exemptions, traffic patterns, and meeting-attendance compensation. (Planning Board members are paid to attend special meetings, and developers cover the cost.)
The commissioners also presented a proclamation designating June 2008 Myasthenia Awareness Month. Myasthenia Gravis is the major neuromuscular disease. It strikes children and adults, affecting control of voluntary muscles and causes difficulty moving, breathing, swallowing, speaking, and seeing. No members of the public spoke at the meeting.