Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the Bayonne Public Library is switching to open-source software, effective March 1. Open-source software is free. The server will be hosted free of charge by Jersey Connect, which is provided by the New Jersey State Library. Hardware maintenance and back-ups will also be the responsibility of the State Library. Mayor Davis said, “This is a major step forward for the library. I would like to thank Library Director Sneh Bains for preparing the library for the technology of the future.”
The new software license means the Bayonne Public Library and other participating institutional users will have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change, and improve the software.
ByWater Solutions has facilitated the library’s migration to the Integrated Library System, which is called “Koha.” That word means “gift” in Maori, the native language of New Zealand. Koha is used by libraries around the world. After five years, the library will not be paying any license fee to any company. Up till now, the library has been paying thousands of dollars each year in license fees. In the future, the library will own its data, and data will also be shared with other participating libraries.
Financial aid from the State of New Jersey has been covering the $15,000 cost of migrating the library’s data.
Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that Suburban Disposal, Bayonne’s carting contractor, will come to Bayonne beginning at 3:00 a.m. on Friday, February 10, for regular garbage pick-ups and to pick up any recycling that was missed on Thursday.
The areas that were scheduled for recycling pick-ups on Thursday are from 1st Street to 30th Street, including Prospect Avenue, Avenue F, and Harbor Pointe (formerly The Alexan). Anyone in those areas whose recycling was not picked up on Thursday should leave it out for pick-up on Friday.
Regular garbage pick-ups take place Fridays on every street except Broadway. Anyone whose garbage is scheduled for Friday pick-ups should set it out on Thursday night.
Mayor Jimmy Davis and Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver announced that that City accepted the donation of 11 sets of firefighter turnout gear from IMTT.
Representatives of IMTT including Terminal Manager Michael Morganti presented Mayor Davis, Fire Chief Keith Weaver, and Deputy Fire Chiefs Stephen Peterson and William Bartos with turnout gear valued at nearly $30,000.
“This donation is greatly appreciated and shows just how exceptional IMTT is as a corporate neighbor,” said Mayor Jimmy Davis. “This turnout gear is critical for keeping our firefighters safe when they come in contact with hazardous conditions in the course of their duties.”
“Safety is of utmost importance, and this gear will go a long way in keeping our firefighters safe. Many thanks to IMTT for their continued partnership with the Fire Department and City of Bayonne as they support our efforts,” said Chief
Bayonne Bridge Construction updates are provided by Mayor James Davis City of Bayonne and the Port Authority on the Bayonne Bridge construction project.
Building trades workers are installing the fire and electrical systems inside the bridge.
On the new roadway from 6th Street o the bridge’s main span, workers are continuing to install lighting, drainage systems, electrical systems, the barrier wall, and other roadway-related structures.
Workers cut grooves into the bridge’s roadway, beginning a round of activity on January 19, and continuing to February 8. The hours of work will be from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
In February, storm water system work will be done around Pier N15 between 5th and 6th Streets. This work is expected to be completed by February 15.
For the next several weeks, the construction project will require bridge closures during various daytime and nighttime hours. Beginning at some point in March, only nighttime closures will be needed. Details of the schedule will be announced.