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Bayonne council tables crane regulations over redeveloper questions

The ordinance would codify crane safety guidelines at the municipal level

A crane at a 2019 construction site between 22nd and 23rd streets.

The Bayonne City Council has tabled an ordinance that would establish regulations for construction cranes in the city.

The council voted to table the ordinance at its Dec. 15 meeting at the request of Third Ward City Councilman Gary La Pelusa.

“I just wanted to know if we could table this for at least until next month,” La Pelusa said. “I spoke to Councilman [Sal] Gullace who couldn’t be here. He had some questions as well as I do. I spoke to a couple of developers that when they heard about this, they wanted to ask a few questions.”

In response to council questions, a representative for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, Chris Lalavee, spoke on the ordinance at the meeting. Lalavee, a crane operator in Hudson County throughout his life, told the council that this ordinance would promote safe crane operation in the city.

“The crane language is simply a safety thing that we are pushing and we are for,” Lalavee said. “What this ordinance allows is cities and towns throughout the state of New Jersey to know that what they’re getting in their city is a crane that is inspected correctly as per state regulations and an operator that is certified as per state regulations with proper credentials. That’s what this is.”

Reinforcing state regulations

According to Lalavee, this is already a requirement at the state level but this would bolster the regulations by applying them at the municipal level. Lalavee said the safe crane language is already in effect in other Hudson County municipalities including Hoboken, North Bergen, Union City, West New York, Weehawken, Guttenberg and Kearny.

“It’s many towns and cities throughout New Jersey,” he said. “Throughout the state this is a trend.”

Lalavee said that the state requires each crane to get a yearly inspection to ensure safety. Operators need to have a federal and state license as well as a medical card to ensure good health. The ordinance would require the same.

“We’re just pushing for safety of residents, workers, business owners, etcetera,” Lalavee said. “To replace a hot water heater in your house you have to pull a permit. To put a crane up that could potentially kill somebody in less than a second, you don’t need anything. That doesn’t make sense to me. But that’s where this ordinance comes from. This comes from a safety standpoint.”

Addressing redeveloper concerns?

In terms of developers and redevelopers, Lalavee said the ordinance wouldn’t affect them, “providing that they’re using safe cranes.” He added that if the council was going to table, he would be at that meeting to answer any questions developers or redevelopers may have.

The council voted to table the ordinance until the meeting in January by a vote of 3 to 1. First Ward City Councilman Neil Carroll, City Councilman At-Large Juan Perez, and La Pelusa voted in favor of tabling the ordinance. City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski was the only one to voted against tabling it, stating: “I don’t think we should table safety.”

The ordinance will be up for a public hearing and vote at the next council meeting. The Bayonne City Council will meet next at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 in the council chambers at City Hall at 630 Avenue C. For more information, go to the city’s website at bayonnenj.org and click the event on the calendar webpage.

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