New Jersey town with 58 percent residents of Korean heritage hires interpreter

Diners eat in a traditional Korean restaurant in Palisades Park

Diners eat in a traditional Korean restaurant in Palisades Park

A New Jersey town where more than half the residents are of Korean heritage will hire an interpreter when needed for public council meetings.

The Palisades Park Council approved a resolution to enter into a contract with a language translation service on a as needed basis.

Mayor James Rotundo says under the contract the interpreter would charge $150 for the first hour and would be available only for council meetings.

But The Record newspaper reports a resident on Tuesday brought in a wireless earphone system that allowed dozens of Korean-speaking residents to listen to a volunteer interpreter translate the council meeting.

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Population 20,743

Asian         58%White        29%Hispanic   18%Black          2%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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