Madison Appeals Police Arbitration Award, Bunny Rescue Top Local News
A look at the week's top stories in Madison.
A Madison police officer assisted a resident who found a baby rabbit trapped in their pool skimmer Wednesday afternoon, police said. The bunny went right into Sgt. John Keymer's hand when he reached over to assist the animal, and then hopped away when the officer put it on the ground.
Madison has appealed an arbitration award for a police union contract that is retroactive to 2010 because it says the raises awarded are not consistent with the pattern in other contracts.
Madison's governing body hopes the New Jersey Department of Transportation will respond "exepeditiously" to a request from the Madison Police Department for authorization to have a portable "Stop For Pedestrians" sign on Main Street in front of Madison Junior School when school starts in September.
Council President Jeannie Tsukamoto said the crosswalk is "a real traffic hazard," people have been struck by cars there, and a similar request made to the department last June never got a response.
The Morris County Park Commission is seeking state funding to have design and engineering work done for a proposal to extend the Traction Line Recreation Trail farther into Madison, the mayor said this week. Some neighbors and officials have opposed the plan, saying it would negatively affect privacy, security and the environment.
A copy of a settlement agreement for a lawsuit that was filed against the borough and police chief by a former Madison police patrolman claiming health problems due to an alleged "punishment detail" could be available soon, Madison's borough attorney said this week. Once Madison has the copy, it can be requested under the Open Public Records Act.