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Verona Council Notebook: July Regular Meeting

Riverbank Park, computers and more discussed at the Verona Council meeting.

Here's a roundup of items discussed at the July 10 Verona Council meeting:

Riverbank Park

The renovations at Riverbank Park on Arch Street have been completed. The project included the paving of the tennis and basketball courts; line striping; new fencing; lighting along the walkway; the removal and planting of trees; new trash bins; and removable tennis nets.

The borough received a county grant to perform the project.

Councilwoman Rhoda Gemellas-Worf said she would like to see mulch in the entire playground because it's been hard for public works employees to cut the grass. She said mulch from the tot lot spreads to the grassy area, so it becomes a safety issue for anyone who would attempt to cut the grass.

Mayor Dave Ricupero said the issue needs to be addressed.

Second Avenue Catch Basin

The public works crew has been busy working on a catch bass at the corner of Second Avenue and Wood Street for the last several weeks.

Councilman Dom Conte said crews ran into some problems but are working to get them fixed.

Motorists should be aware that crews are on scene.

Police Department Computer

Officials agreed to invest a maximum of $1,000 for a new computer for the .

Councilman Pat McCarthy said he priced a Dell computer at $840—it is compatible with the office equipment.

Sale of the Police Jeep

McCarthy was the highest bidder for the police department's 2001 Jeep Cherokee—he bid $1,800.

Three other bids came in, and McCarthy abstained from the vote.

Backhoe Tires

Conte said the borough's backhoe is in need of new tires as soon as possible.

"They look like bologna skins," he said.

The backhoe would need two tires at a cost of $850 each. Conte said he could hold off on buying them for about a month if need be.

No Workshop Meetings

Council's July and August workshop meetings have been canceled, unless there is an emergency situation in which a meeting is needed. The next meeting will be Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at the .

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