Sunday, January 20, 2013
Borough looking to hire hardworking employee for several departments.
Sunday, January 20
The Borough of Butler is looking for a new employee to join the Department of Public Works, Road and Water Departments. A description of the job was posted on the borough website, calling for applicants to be able to perform snow plowing, shoveling, raking, installation and repair of water main and other tasks. "Applicant must be hardworking, able to follow instructions and willing to work extended hours during times of emergency," the posting said. Requirements also include a good driving record and although previous experience is not necessary, those interested should be willing to train in the areas of DPW work. The borough also warned that the job could entail long hours at times. "Individual must be willing to work long hours in …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Officials voted unanimously in favor of first pay increase for governing body since 1991.
Butler Mayor Robert Alviene and the borough council members will receive a pay increase in 2013 for the first time since 1991. The council unanimously approved the increase (with the exception of Councilman Sean McNear who was absent) during the Dec. 4 meeting. According to Borough Administrator James Lampmann, each council member is currently paid $2,000 and will have their pay increased to $3,000. Alviene's pay is currently $2,500 and will be increased to $4,000, Lampmann said. When asked why the increase was approved now after so many years, Lampmann said "that's a decision that the council makes." Alviene said there was no particular reason that the council members felt the upcoming year was an appropriate time for a pay increase other…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Police hoping to eventually transition entire fleet to all-wheel drive SUVs.
Most people do not see a police car until it is passing them by. Or behind them. The Butler Police Department's newest vehicles may make make it even harder to spot a cop car as the department has started to stray away from the traditional white Ford Crown Vic car model and toward a newer, bigger, darker vehicle. Police introduced their newest vehicles, a pair of 2012 Ford Interceptor SUVs, on their Facebook page last week. Capt. Ciro Chimento said the department plans to eventually transition the entire police car fleet into only using the all-wheel drive vehicles. "The [Interceptors] are replacing two Crown Vics. Eventually, they'll be phased out," Chimento said. Butler Police Chief Ed Card said the department does have a Ford Explorer …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Police said man was living in a Butler house and in violation of parole.
Detectives from the U.S. Marshall Service assisted Butler police with the arrest of a Lodi man allegedly in violation of parole on Wednesday. According to Capt. Ciro Chimento of the Butler Police Department, Robert Thompson, 32, was under investigation for allegedly violating parole mandates. He was living in a Spring Street residence in Butler, Chimento said. Butler Police Det. Colleen Pascale, officials from the state Parole Department and the U.S. Marshalls arrested Thompson on a warrant. Upon arresting Thompson, Chimento said his girlfriend, Ashley Homcy, 20, of Butler, was home and police learned she had an outstanding warrant for her arrest for $1,000 out of the Ringwood Municipal Court. She was also arrested Thompson was transported…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Tri-boro residents' meters are in the process of being replaced as the department upgrades its infrastructure.
Butler Electric customers are having meters replaced as the department is in the process of upgrading infrastructure to provide better service. The new meters are being installed in three phases, the first beginning in Kinnelon through Oct. 31, the second from Nov. 1 through Dec. 30 in Bloomingdale and the final phase in Butler from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28. Butler Electric Superintendent Craig Struble said the meter deployment is being done to streamline meter-reading and enhance billing. "The major benefit to the electric department is that we will have the ability to get reads automatically without having to send someone out to read the meter," he said. "This keeps monthly billing cycles consistent." The new meters are expected to reduce …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Council discusses using website to sell unwanted items.
Just about anything can be bought or sold on the Internet these days and the Borough of Butler is trying to use one website to its advantage by auctioning unwanted items through GovDeals.com. “GovDeals provides services to various government agencies that allow them to sell surplus and confiscated items via the Internet,” according to the website. “Each participating agency has its own auction rules and regulations and may be subject to government ordinances.” An ordinance would be needed to specify exactly which items the borough will be auctioning on the site, Borough Administrator Jim Lampmann said at the Sept. 4 Butler Council meeting. One of the items he mentioned could be auctioned is an old telephone system the borough does not need…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Road was closed for three hours while train contractors repaired tracks.
Hamburg Turnpike was shut down for more than three hours near Butler Printing & Laminating Monday as contractors worked to repair a washout that brought three feet of water through the train tracks, according to Butler Fire Chief Jim Neill. Neill said the Butler Fire Department responded around 5:08 p.m. to close the road to traffic while the railroad contractors worked to repair gravel under the tracks that had been washed out. The railroad tracks were similarly damaged one year ago from water during the tropical storm that followed Hurricane Irene, although Neill said the water that came around the tracks last year was "much deeper." According to Neill, the water came down a hill from the Terrace Lake spillway behind the Cambridge …
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Borough council approved spending an additional $50K on paving projects to take place over the next several weeks.
Several Butler roads will be getting a facelift in the near future. The borough council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that will appropriate $50,000 for road improvements. Councilman Robert Fox said this would be added to $100,000 that is leftover from previous road improvement projects. According to Borough Administrator James Lampmann, Bartholdi Avenue, from Butler High School to the Mount Calvary Cemetery, will be milled and paved this week. Hasbrouck Avenue and Mabey Lane will also be milled and paved and, including Bartholdi, are finishing up a water main project on the streets. Fox said that the borough would be meeting with the contactor to go over the milling and paving of Barthold Avenue by the end of the week. He said …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Majority of Butler Council members oppose name change in honor of Spc. Jonathan Batista while U.S. senator considers inquiry of residents.
A U.S. senator is considering an idea to keep the legacy of a killed soldier from Kinnelon alive in the tri-boro by honorarily renaming the Butler Post Office. But the idea has not received a blessing from the Butler Borough Council. A spokesperson for Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) confirmed the senator is reviewing a request made by community residents to recognize U.S. Army Spc. Jonathan Batista, a 22-year-old from Kinnelon, who was killed in combat in Afghanistan July 8, by renaming the post office in his honor. The Butler Post Office is shared by both Butler and Kinnelon under the 07405 zip code. "Senator Menendez's office has been contacted by local residents expressing an interest in honoring the fallen soldier," the spokesperson said…
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Bloomingdale Cornet Band entertained attendees with pop music while local business provided free food.
The Butler community celebrated national "Night Out" Tuesday, filling the Butler Park on High Street for a night of fun, food and music. Local businesses gave away prizes and food while the Bloomingdale Cornet Band entertained attendees with popular music. Butler police officers and firefighters mingled with residents. "Night Out" is a national event that encourages community police departments to host a drug-free gathering to bring neighbors together to meet their local officers.