HAMMONTON - Hammonton Town Council approved change orders and updated progress on the Valley Avenue Project during its monthly meeting on Nov. 21 at Town Hall.

Council unanimously approved extensions and a change order of $18,201.43 on the infrastructure project at Valley Avenue. According to council, significant work on the roads should be completed by Dec. 23.

“For all the residents on Valley, with any luck, by Christmas we are on target for curbs and a base on the road and pipe work done,” Hammonton Mayor Steve DiDonato said. “And we will come back in the spring to top and seed any areas that are disturbed.”

The meeting, which lasted less than 45 minutes, featured a small agenda with very little action items. However, council also accepted a settlement from the Treatment Solution litigation, which saved the town $100,000.

The town’s insurance company asked the town to pay $200,000 as part of the original settlement, but the town filed a bad faith suit against the insurance company in December of last year.

“This is the result of that matter with a decreased obligation from $200,000 to $100,000 with payment due over time,” Hammonton Solicitor Michael Malinsky said. “Payment is due in a two-and-a-half year period.”

Town Council also approved the reappropriation of bonds not used in several projects to be used to purchase equipment and improve town property.

The total amount being reappropriated is $107,726.73. The town will use $65,000 to purchase equipment, 4x4 trucks with all accessories and equipment needed for plowing, and $42,726.73 to improve town buildings and properties.

In other matters, Councilman Steve Furgione updated council and residents on the drip irrigation system at the Boyer Avenue Complex. He said the irrigation trenches are mostly dry with the winter season approaching.

“Four of the five trenches are dry with the fifth trench, you can see dirt and is about 50-percent full,” he said.

He added: “We are really in good shape going into winter.”

“That’s pretty exciting to know the drip irrigation is that successful,” DiDonato said.

Town Council also approved a resolution to endorse and authorize the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Spanish Community Procession.

The procession is slated for Dec. 11 at 12:30 p.m. Several roads will be closed at that time as the procession begins on Third Street and proceeds to French, Second, Pleasant and Tilton streets before returning to the church on Third.

The next scheduled Town Council meeting will be held 7 p.m. on Dec. 19.

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