Weather willing, the West Windsor Town Council will meet Monday, October 29, to consider a boatload of agenda items. The meeting will begin with a closed session at 6:30 p.m. to discuss contract negotiations with the Post Office. The business session will begin at 7 p.m.
A public hearing will be held on an ordinance amending the ordinance governing permit parking in the area of the Princeton Junction train station.
And an ordinance will be introduced (with a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, November 13) to modify the township’s sign ordinance. The document detailing the proposed changes is 18 pages long, and the revised ordinances deals with all manners of signs, including those in residential and non-residential zones; signs for political, business, commercial real estate, and residential real estate; permanent and temporary signage; and directory signs. The ordinance even sets standards for the minimum height of letters depending on the speed
limit of nearest street — at least 16 inches is required for 55 miles per hour or over.
Also on the agenda:
— Authorization to appoint Kenneth W. Lozier Esq. as municipal judge to complete the unexpired term of Mary Brennan through June 30, 2015. Lozier was recommended after the screening of five candidates for the position.
— Authorization to purchase of four police vehicles — 2013 Ford Taurus SEs — from Malouf Ford in North Brunswick. The township would trade three 2009 Ford Police Interceptors toward the purchase of the new vehicles.
— Authorization to contract with Anderson Construction Services Inc. for concrete apron and spillway repairs at the Grovers Mill Dam. The contract amount is $39,650. Anderson was the lowest of seven bidders — the highest was for $185,522.
— A request to the Mercer County engineer’s office and the Mercer County Department of Transportation and Infrastructure to re-stripe the traffic lanes leading into Clarksville Road and North Post Road intersection, to establish dedicated left turn and through lanes. The request is in response to an accident that occurred August 4 at the intersection of Clarksville Road and North Post Road and left a pedestrian and a pet critically injured by a motorist traveling northbound on North Post Road crossing Clarksville.
The request notes that "this intersection has double queuing lanes on both Clarksville Road approaches and on both North Post Road approaches, but no dedicated left-turn lanes; and drivers typically use the double queuing lanes to pass other motorists going in the same direction, and then have to quickly merge into a single lane across the intersection at speeds of 35 MPH or greater."
The supporting statement also noted that "the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), in a study dated October, 2007, recommended specific improvements to this intersection including designated left-turn lanes, bike lanes, and crosswalk improvements."
— Authorization of a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Transportation for the North Post Road bike lanes project. The proposed improvements will create dedicated bike lanes along North Post Road between Village Road West and Clarksville Road.
— Authorization of a grant agreement with the DOT for the Emmons Drive resurfacing project, which will provide for improvements to Emmons Drive between Route 1 and Canal Pointe Boulevard, including pavement repairs, milling and overlay, drainage improvements where necessary, improved signage and striping, inlet casting replacements, concrete sidewalk, handicap ramps, and detectable warning surfaces.
— Authorization of a grant agreement with the DOT’s "Safe Streets to Transit" program for the Cranbury Road pedestrian improvements project. The proposed improvements will construct dedicated bicycle and pedestrian improvements along a section of Cranbury Road between Princeton-Hightstown Road and Sunnydale Way.
— Authorization to trade-in a 1994 KME fire apparatus toward purchase of a new model. The township will solicit bids from qualified companies to manufacture a 1,500 GPM pumper truck with an aerial apparatus for the West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company No. 1.