818 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
|Phone:||201-837-1600 ext. 1001|
|Hours:||Monday,Wednesday,Thursday and Fridays 8:00a.m. to 5:15p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00a.m. to 7:00p.m.
On behalf of our Township’s dedicated employees, I am pleased to offer this message to the Township Council and the residents of Teaneck. In 2013, our workforce endeavored to provide world-class service to the public despite the challenges presented by Super-storm Sandy.
Super-storm Sandy, which wreaked its havoc in late October 2012, continued to impact our community well into 2013. Numerous homes and other properties suffered considerable damage. However, Township employees pressed into action removing hundreds of downed trees in record time, restoring order and normalcy to the community. Furthermore, the Township Council waived building permit fees to ensure that the economic impact on our neighbors was minimized to the greatest extent possible.
The devastating impact of Super-storm Sandy highlighted the need for greater community preparedness. In 2013, the Township launched a major preparedness initiative designed to enhance resident readiness for emergencies, as well as, to improve the Township’s capacity to manage and properly function during major incidents.
In late 2013, the Township’s emergency management staff produced and distributed the Township of Teaneck Resident Preparedness Guide for Emergencies, which was mailed to every Teaneck address. This handy guide is filled with valuable information to ensure that residents can stay informed, plan, prepare and respond to emergencies.
Furthermore, in order to enhance communications and information dissemination, the Township began using social media networks, as well as, text message alerts, website alerts and a new Emergency Information Hotline (201-837-4800). These communication vehicles will allow the Township to reach a greater portion of the community during emergencies, in order to provide important information on a real-time basis. I urge you to sign up on our website (www.teanecknj.gov) for email, text, and telephone notifications. Remember, an informed resident is a prepared resident.
Additionally, the Township is installing generators at the Municipal Building, and at the Rodda Center. The availability of uninterrupted power will ensure that government operations continue regardless of power outages. Furthermore, the new generator will allow the Rodda Center to be used as an emergency reception, warming and cooling center, during major disasters.
Among other significant accomplishments in 2013, the Township broke ground on the renovation of the old Police Headquarters, which will provide needed space for employees and improved access for residents. Renovations are expected to be completed in December.
Also, the Township made significant improvements to our parks. We completed the Phelphs Park Dog Park and broke ground on the new Votee Park Sportsplex. This new facility, will offer a world-class experience to our youth and the community. The Sportsplex is anticipated to open in the spring of 2014.
The Township continues to work with contiguous municipalities to explore shared services opportunities. In 2013, the Township partnered with City of Englewood and the Borough of Bogota to implement a performance management system. This software is designed to help municipal departments answer three questions: How are we doing? What could we be doing better? How can we learn from our peers to improve? The answers to these questions will be derived over time, through the tracking and measurement of various performance metrics. The first departments to use the new system are Building, Police, and Public Works. Implementation of this program will provide more information for data based discussions and budgeting.
In 2014, I plan to work aggressively with the Township council to pursue short and long term revenue enhancing opportunities, in order to reduce the tax burden on our residents. Moreover, my fellow employees and I will work with the community to ensure that Teaneck remains a preferred location to live, work, shop, and raise a family.