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The Vernon Township Council failed to pass a bond ordinance on Monday that would have replaced the turf fields at Maple Grange Park. According to the New Jersey Herald, four votes were needed to pass the ordinance for $2,038,668 and it would have covered several projects, including equipment for the Department of Public Works, the Police Department and the Fire Department, .
Council Vice President John Auberger and Councilmen Patrick Curreri and Mark Van Tassel voted for the ordinance while Council President Jean Murphy and Councilwoman Sandra Ooms voted against it.
Mayor Harry Shortway told the New Jersey Herald that he was disappointed the bond didn't pass and that the fields would be closed on July 1 due to safety concerns. They will reportedly be reopened when the fields are in satisfactory condition but repairs are delayed now since the ordinance didn't pass.
Read the NJHerald.com story here.