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Saddle Brook Officials Mull Recreation Tweaks

Saddle Brook kids attend a pep rally in September 2015.
Saddle Brook kids attend a pep rally in September 2015. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mayor Robert White

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. — Saddle Brook officials will look to start a committee to improve the township's recreation programs, the mayor said.

The committee and officials could hire a full-time recreation director as well, Mayor Robert White said.

"Really we've pretty much been maintaining the status quo, which is fine, but there's definitely some things I felt that needed to be addressed," White told Daily Voice.

The plans include improving the existing programs and possibly adding some more summer activities, though it was too soon to say what types, he said.

One possibility could be planned parties at one of the buildings in town to give kids something to do, which White said Saddle Brook had 15 to 20 years ago.

A full-time recreation director could help, the mayor said. Joe Setticase serves as the director in a part-time role.

"It's difficult for anyone on a part-time basis to really attack a lot of the issues that are there," White said.

However, it would be costly to make the position full time, he said.

White said he will talk more with other township officials and work on starting a six-person committee. Despite the need to evaluate the recreation department, the mayor said there is nothing wrong with the current state of it.

"What we have is good," he said, "but I want to make it better."

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