Detour for commuter buses
Town Council also discusses new website
by Adriana Rambay Fernández
Reporter staff writer
Dec 04, 2011 | 754 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CONTRIBUTING TO A CAUSE – The mayor and council present Tomorrows Children’s Fund with a $40,000 check for money raised at the first community ball.
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Some of the 700 passengers who commute on NJ Transit buses through Secaucus will experience detours as a result of a project being undertaken by PSE&G. At least one bus stop may also change.

Normally, some of the buses make a u-turn at the end of Paterson Plank Road by Trolley Park. During the Nov. 29 council meeting, Councilman Clancy announced that Trolley Park will close and that the NJ Transit buses will no longer turn around in that section of the North End of town.

PSE&G’s project will run cables under the Hackensack River from Secaucus to Carlstadt.

“It is hoped that it will be done in 30 days,” said Clancy. He said the construction work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. “It is going to be a bit noisy at times,” he said.


“We pledged to get people to see what is going on.” Councilman Gary Jeffas


He said that the rerouting could affect the location of a bus stop near that area. The town will provide residents with information on the changes.

Mayor Michael Gonnelli said that PSE&G has committed to rebuilding the historic Trolley Park for the town.

Plans for town website redesign

In other council news, the town has pledged to redesign its website.

“We pledged to get people to see what is going on,” said Councilman Gary Jeffas. “We have televised meetings. We have the meetings on the web.”

He said that the town has had over 105,000 visitors to its website this year, which is a significant increase since last year. “Every resident has no excuse to not know what is going on in town,” he said, noting that the town wants to make more improvements to the site.

“Sometime early next year we will be redesigning the website,” said Gonnelli.


Councilman Jim Clancy reported that FEMA has awarded the town $62,000 for the services that were rendered by Office of Emergency Management during Hurricane Irene and that there is a possibility of an additional $20,000.

Councilman Robert Costantino reported that Shetik Field was soon to be completed. The town planned to gather on Dec. 1 for the grand opening of the field.

Councilman William McKeever announced that Michael Marra will be the grand marshal in the next Memorial Day Parade. Gonnelli said that Marra is a decorated veteran who was injured in the line of duty in Patton’s Third Army division and that he is also a double Purple Heart recipient.

McKeever also held up new signs that will be going up around town labeled with Neighborhood Crime Watch.

Gonnelli announced that Panera Bread is opening a new location in town. He said the company plans to donate bread to the Secaucus food pantry.

Presentations and Awards

The council presented a check for $40,000 to Tomorrows Children’s Fund for money raised as a result of the community ball. TCF Board Member Kendall Garvin accepted on behalf of the organization.

The town presented Captain Bill Sheehan with an award for his service to the community.

The town presented former Mayor Paul Amico with an award for his long years of service to the town as mayor from 1963 to 1999.

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