Union County Mosquito Control spraying for Adult Mosquitoes tonight, Wednesday, August 2nd

Union County Mosquito Spraying – Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Please be advised that spraying for Adult Mosquitoes will be performed tonight, Wednesday, August 2nd (weather permitting) between the hours of 7:00 P.M. and 12:00 A.M. in the area of Pacific Ave. , Manor Ave., Wadsworth Terr., Woodside Ave., Woodlawn Ave., Crane Pkwy. and Unami Park


With summer weather, here and temperatures on the rise, the Health Department is urging residents to take steps to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

With summer weather, here and temperatures on the rise, the Health Department is urging residents to take steps to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

During these times of extreme heat and humidity residents should take extreme caution and prevention steps to ensure their safety from heat related illness.

Senior citizens, children and those with chronic conditions are extremely vulnerable to excessive heat.

To avoid health complications, follow these steps provided by the New Jersey Department of Health:

  • Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages
  • Make sure children and the elderly are drinking water, and ensure that persons with mobility problems have adequate fluids in easy reach
  • Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection
  • If you do not have air conditioning, spend time in air-conditioned places such as libraries, movies, malls or other public buildings during the hottest hours of the day. Check with your municipality to see if cooling centers are available.
  • Wear loose and light-colored clothing.  Wear a hat when outdoors.
  • Reduce physical activity or reschedule it for cooler times of the day (early morning or evening)
  • Don’t leave children, a frail elderly or disabled person, or pets in an enclosed car — not even for a minute — as temperatures can quickly climb to dangerous levels
  • Consult health care professionals regarding any medicine or drugs you are taking. Certain medications — such as tranquilizers and drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease — can increase the risk of heat-related illness.

Heat stroke will most likely have the following signs and symptoms: hot, dry skin, a high body temperature of 106 degrees or more, an absence of sweat and a rapid and strong pulse. Victims may become delirious or unconscious. Persons suffering from heatstroke should seek immediate medical attention.

The lesser illness is heat exhaustion. This may take several days of high temperatures to develop. Signs and symptoms are pale, clammy skin and sweating profusely. People might be fatigued, weak, dizzy and have headaches or sometimes cramps, but their temperature will be close to normal.

Residents should also take steps to protect pets during excessive heat:

  • Keep pets indoors in air conditioned rooms during periods of extreme heat
  • Never leave dogs or other pets in parked cars; the temperatures in parked cars rise rapidly and can reach dangerous levels in only a few minutes
  • Limit exercise on hot days to early mornings and evenings when the temperatures are lower
  • Provide ample cool water and shade to pets while they are outside
  • If pets show signs of heatstroke (heavy panting vomiting, disorientation, collapse) seek immediate veterinary care; heatstroke is life threatening

Township Committee statement regarding the property known as Birchwood

The Township Committee is pleased to announce that it has achieved every goal we set out to accomplish several months ago when we made the decision to purchase the Birchwood property from the developer for $18 million.

We reduced the density of 360 units (which resulted after many years of costly litigation) to 225 units.

We eliminated a monolithic singular building and eliminated a massive, multi-story parking garage.

In its place will be a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing building that is consistent with the goals and objectives set forth by the Township Committee.

Last night, the Twp. selected and designated Garden Communities/Birchwood Developers Associates, LLC as the developer for Birchwood. You may remember that Garden Communities also developed the successful Riverfront at Cranford Station project which is 126 units, and was led by resident Tony DiGiovanni.

The bid we accepted is for $18.5 million for 225 units resulting in no debt to be carried by the taxpayers and a residential project we will all be proud of in Cranford.

The Planning Board will prepare a Redevelopment Plan for Birchwood property, Township will negotiate and execute a Purchase and Sale Agreement, a Redevelopment Agreement and consider whether a PILOT is appropriate. We expect that may be completed within 6 months, and upon receipt of site plan approval from the Planning Board, Birchwood Developers Associates will close on the property.


Township of Cranford – Estimated 3rd quarter tax bills

The Township of Cranford mailed out the estimated 3rd quarter tax bills on July 13, 2017.

Estimated bills are treated the same as regular bills.  Payment is due the 1st of August and a 10 day grace period applies.  Interest will be applied on all payments received in the tax office after the 10th of August and will be calculated back to the 1st of August.

Also, please remember to pay the second half of your 2017 sewer bill due August 1, 2017.  Grace period for the sewer is 30 days.  Sewer payments received after the 30th will have interest calculated back to August 1.

Regular/final tax bills for the 4th quarter (November) will be mailed out late September.

Please don’t hesitate to call me with any questions you may have.

Have a safe and happy Summer.

Catherine Hendrickson, CTC

Cranford Township Tax Collector