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Page 2 Thursday, April 1, 1999 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION

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County Lauds Restoration Of Westfield Town Clock

WESTFIELD The Town Clock Restoration Project and the First United Methodist Church of Westfield received special recognition from the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at the 12th Annual Historic Preservation Commendations Ceremony held on March 24.

Union County F r e e h o l d e r C h a i r m a n Nicholas P. Scutari awarded the commendation during the ceremony, which took place at the Elizabeth-town Gas Company corporate headquarters in Union,

One of 10 for this year, the plaque and resolution were presented to John R. Panosh, Clock Project Chairman and restorer, and Donald Mokrauer, President of the Westfield Historical Society, which nominated the project for consideration in the areas of Structure, Object, or Site Restoration.

The nominations were reviewed by the Historic Sites Committee, which makes the recommendations to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board and the Board of Chosen Freeholders. A second Westfield award was also presented for the preservation and restoration of the Kimball

Avenue Historic District. Representing the church at the ceremonies were Stephen Merrill, Project Assistant; Pat Merrill, Sally Girdon and Wilson Jackson, who, while President of the Westfield Historical Society, supported and nurtured the resto

ration project at the church level.

Representatives of the Westfield Historical Society included Ralph Jones, who was Town Historian when restoration of the 19th-century clock began, and Bob Miller, Vice President of the Society. Several members of the Westfield Historic Preservation Commission were also in attendance.

In his remarks for the occasion, Westfield Mayor Thomas C. Jardim stated, "It is always enjoyable to walk in downtown Westfield and hear the bell strike each hour."

According to Mr. Panosh, the commendation and placement of the Town Clock in the historic preservation register of Union County was accomplished with the support of many past and present members of the First United Methodist Church, Westfield residents, and financial aid from local businesses, organizations, and agencies.

Collection Dates are Revealed For Household Special Waste

ELIZABETH Union County Freeholder Chairman Nicholas P. Scutari recently announced that the county will sponsor three "Spring Household Special Waste Day" collection events.

All Union County residents are eligible to participate at no cost. Preregistration is not required for any of the collection days. Contractors are not eligible.

The first event will be held on Saturday, April 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kenilworth Public Works Yard, located at 14th Street and Sheridan Avenue.

Another event is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, at the Linden Recycling Center on Donaldson Place in Linden.

Scotch Plains will host the third spring collection event on Saturday, June 12, at the Scotch Plains Public Works Yard on Plainfield Avenue.

Acceptable household special waste includes oil-based paint and varnishes, antifreeze, pool chemicals, corrosives and cleaners, pesticides and herbicides, caustics, solvents and thinners, aero

sol cans, asphalt sealers, fire extinguishers, flammable liquids and solids, motor oil and motor oil filters, gasoline, transmission fluid, automotive products, batteries (dry cell and lead acid), propane tanks, fluorescent bulbs (unbroken), thermostats, thermometers, and mercury switches.

Containers larger than five gallons, empty containers, unidentified material, explosives, radioactive material, and gas cylinders of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) material will not be accepted.

The county will accept school laboratory waste chemicals at all three collection events. According to Freeholder Mary Ruotolo, Liaison to Union County Environmental Services, this program is designed to assist public, parochial and private schools in accessing an effective, environmentally sound, cost-efficient method of disposing of unwanted chemical wastes and reagents.

"These materials are typically stored away in school science labs, in some cases for decades," said Freeholder Ruotolo.

Schools must schedule appointments and provide an inventory list in advance. For more information, please call Union County Environmental Services at (908) 654-9890.

Westfield Jaycees Schedules Annual Raffle Dinner-Dance

WESTFIELD The Westfield Jaycees' annual raffle dinner-dance will be held at Temple Emanu-El on Saturday, April 24, at 8 p.m.

The Grand Prize will be a 1999 BMW Z-3 2.3 Roadster. A maximum of 400 tickets are being offered for sale, and net proceeds will be used to offer need-based college scholarships to local high school students.

According to Tom Lutz, raffle chairman, last year's raffle was a complete sell-out and raised over $20,000. The Jaycees are hoping to sell-out again this year. Each ticket entitles the holder and a guest to attend the raffle drawing and dinner-dance.

As in years past, entertainment will be provided by Smooth, the Jaycees' favorite local Motown band.

During the evening, tickets will be drawn from a barrel one-by-one. The last ticket remaining in the barrel will win the new 1999 BMW Z-3.

Tickets are available for $160 and can be obtained by mailing a check payable to the Westfield Jaycee Foundation to the Westfield Jaycees, P. O. Box 517, Westfield, 07091, or by calling the Jaycees at (908) 232-5123 or from any Jaycee member.

The Westfield Jaycees is a group of individuals under 40 years of age who meet monthly to socialize, perform public service projects and raise money for local charitable causes.

Union County to Generate Aerial Photography For Use on Geographic Information System By PAUL J. PEYTON

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

ELIZABETH -Municipalities in Union County will soon be able to take advantage of a new Geographic Information System (GIS) being developed at the county level. The system provides data information in layers for use on personal computers.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a $126,358 contract to ADR, Inc., of Pennsauken to provide color aerial photography of Union County. The photography will be the basis for a system that will be used to access and plot everything from basic demographic information to crime statistics.

Dick Muller, who works in the county's Economic Development Department, said the aerial photography will be taken in early April with the completion of the maps for the county's GIS by July.

The system uses computer technology for managing, manipulating and analyzing geographic spatial data.

Mr. Muller said the aerial photography will serve as a base for the system.

Included as part of the base map will be land use, parks, transportation, waterways and flood plains located throughout the county.

The aerial flyover will help develop photos, which will assist the Department of Economic Development in its initiatives.

Mr. Muller described the system as layers of information which will include the aerial map of the county, with subsequent layers providing such information as economic information, waterway maps and relationships between population and land.

The system can be used, for example, to plot where Welfare recipients in the county live while also identifying where public transportation routes and potential employers are located. The system, which will be available to town towns in the county, can also be used to assist municipalities in identifying sewer

lines as well as traffic signals and their timing mechanisms.

Another GIS layer could be devoted to identify sources of mass transportation in order to plot out the routes and distances from a Welfare recipient's home to child care facilities, as well as to prospective employers.

The system is currently being used by prosecutor offices to identify the number of crimes by neighborhood, among other uses.

"It (the aerial photography) will be the basis map that all the (county) departments will use," Mr. Muller told the board.

Deputy County Manager George Devanney, who also serves as head of the Department of Economic Development, said the aerial photography is the first step to implementing the GIS system.

A full-time employee will be hired to work on the system on a regular basis. The county has budgeted $852,000 for the purchase of a GIS.

In other business, plans for the renovation of the county's Venieri Complex on North Avenue in Westfield for a new Union County Police Headquarters are moving forward. The facility will also house a state-of-the-art forensic laboratory for the county's Medical Examiner.

Last week, the Freeholders approved another $340,000 for the design development phase of the project to the contractor, Joseph Jingoli & Son, Inc., of Lawrenceville, bringing the total contract to $550,000. The additional funds were spent on preliminary work in designing plans for the project.

Freeholder Daniel P. Sullivan said the county "will move quickly" on the project, which has been in the county hopper for several years. Construction is expected to begin in the fall.

"That (the existing County Police Headquarters on North Avenue) has certainly been a substandard facility for awhile," he added.

On another matter, the board approved a resolution urging Governor Christine Todd Whitman to appoint

a new Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police who is "sensitive to the needs of all citizens and who will eliminate racism within the State Police."

Sponsored by Freeholders Lewis Mingo, Jr. of Plainfield and Chester Holmes of Rahway, the resolution follows the resignation of Colonel Carl Williams as head of the State Police in the midst of allegations of racial profiling by State Troopers.

"Racial profiling undermines the justice system and social fabric of our community," the resolution states.

It also requests that policies be established for new and current State Troopers that will "teach racial sensitivity and ethnic diversity training" to the Troopers.

The board also has asked Governor Whitman, who requested and received the resignation of Colonel Williams, to delay the appointment of Attorney General Peter Veniero to the New Jersey Supreme Court until public hearings and investigations have been completed on the issue of racial profiling.

Colonel Williams resigned following a news article which quoted him as saying racial profiling was being used by State Troopers when making motor vehicle stops.

Through the resolution, the Freeholders have sought the establishment of a policy on recruitment that "encourages minorities to apply to positions within the ranks of the New Jersey State Police."

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