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January 9, 2007 Regular Meeting

Date: January 9, 2007

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL
HELD IN THE
MUNICIPAL BUILDING COUNCIL CHAMBERS
ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2007


Mayor Katz called the Regular Meeting of the Teaneck Township Council to order at 8:20 p.m., and asked all those present to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL  

Present: C. Feit, C. Kates, DM. Parker, C. Rudolph, C. Honis, C. Gussen, Mayor Katz.

Absent: None.

Also Present: S. Turitz - Ferrara, Turitz, Harraka & Goldberg, Esqs.; H. V. Fall, Municipal Manager; R. J.    LaMorte, Municipal Clerk; L. Aportela-Hernandez, Assistant to the Municipal Manager,
  J. Evelina, Assistant to the Municipal Clerk.

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENT

Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by adoption of Resolution #466-06, setting the 2007 meeting dates, sending a copy to THE RECORD, THE SUBURBANITE, THE BERGEN NEWS/SUN BULLETIN, THE CONNECTION, THE JEWISH STANDARD AND SU GUIA, filing a copy in the Township Clerk’s Office and posting it on the Municipal Building bulletin board, and the Mayor hereby directs that this statement be included in the minutes.

PRESENTATIONS

1. TVAC

Life Membership Award - Lauren Prince, Samuel Levi, David Barrett, Eric Orgen, Nathan Safran.

Mayor Katz and C. Feit presented the Certificates.  David Barrett and Nathan Safran could not attend.

CPR Save Award - Elie Shinnar, Henry Pita, Ethan Brovman, Jonathan Hutt, Larry Robertson, Avi Miller, Michael Rothschild, Zev Green, Ashley Hahn, Elana Clark, Judah Rauch, Vishal Shah, Sam Aronson, Mark Schwartz, Pedro Vaigasi, Abby Cooper, Austin Bach.

TVAC President Etan J. Yeshua presented the Certificates.

Valor Award - Austin Bach, Judah Rauch.

TVAC President Etan Y. Yeshua presented the Certificates.

2500 Call Award - Michael Rothschild.

TVAC President Etan Y. Yeshua presented the Certificates.

2. Police Officer Walter A. Haase - 25th Anniversary Watch.

Mayor Katz and C. Gussen presented the Certificate and Watch.

Chief Tiernan and Mrs. Fall spoke in honor of P.O. Haase.

3. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Mayor Katz presented the Proclamation to members of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Committee,
Mrs. Lacey, Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Mohamed.

C. Honis read the Proclamation into the record.

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INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES

C. Feit introduced the following ordinances and setting January 23, 2007 at 8:00 PM, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be reached as the date and time and Municipal Building Council Chambers as the place for a hearing on said ordinances.  Seconded by Mayor Katz.

The Clerk read the titles of the following Ordinances into the record: 

ORDINANCE #3979 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36 ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

ORDINANCE #3980 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

ORDINANCE #3981 - AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $30,000.00 AS A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT TO RESURFACE GAYLORD TERRACE, THIS PROJECT TO BE FINANCED ENTIRELY FROM COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS.

ORDINANCE #3982 - AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $70,000.00 AS A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT TO RESURFACE WASHINGTON PLACE FROM WALDEN STREET TO THE ENGLEWOOD CITY LINE, THIS PROJECT TO BE FINANCED ENTIRELY FROM COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS.

Carried by the following vote:

In Favor: C. Feit, C. Kates, DM. Parker, C. Rudolph, C. Honis, C. Gussen, Mayor Katz.

Opposed: None.

Absent: None.

PUBLIC INPUT ON RESOLUTIONS ON THIS AGENDA

No one came forward.

C. Kates made a motion to close Public Input on Resolutions and Old Business on this agenda.  Seconded by Mayor Katz and carried by the following vote:

In Favor: C. Feit, C. Kates, DM. Parker, C. Rudolph, C. Honis, C. Gussen, Mayor Katz.

Opposed: None.

Absent: None.

          CONSENT AGENDA

All matters listed below are considered to be routine in nature by Council and will be enacted by one motion.  There will be no separate discussion of these items.  If any discussion is desired by Council, that particular item will be removed from the Consent Agenda and will be considered separately.

DM. Parker made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.  Seconded by C. Rudolph.

The Clerk read the titles of the following items into the record:
   
RAFFLES

All subject to approval and conditions applicable with the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission and pursuant to State Statute.

RA #1208 - The Garage Theatre Group - On-Premise 50/50 Cash Raffle - $20.00.
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MINUTES

November 13, 2006 - Workshop Meeting.
November 21, 2006 - Regular Meeting.
December 5, 2006 - Closed Session Meeting (C. Rudolph, Absent) - Approved for Content Only.
December 5, 2006 - Regular Meeting (C. Rudolph, Absent).
December 12, 2006 - Closed Session Meeting (C. Rudolph, Absent) - Approved for Content Only.
December 12, 2006 - Workshop Meeting (C. Rudolph, Absent).

RESOLUTIONS

3-07. Approve 2007 Temporary Budget.
4-07. Authorize Purchase Order - Princeton Nassau/Conover Ford - Utility Truck.
5-07. Authorize Execution and Submission of 2006 Annual Accomplishment Report - Community Forestry   Plan.
6-07. Reappoint Sanitary Sewer Collection System C-3 Licensed Operator - J. Pampaloni, Jr.
7-07. Amend 2007 Council Meeting Schedule - Add 1/23/07 Public Meeting at 3:00 p.m.
8-07. Authorize Tax Collector To Charge Additional 6% Penalty On Total Tax Delinquency In Excess
 of $10,000.
9-07. Designate Official Depositories and Adopt Cash Management Plan - 2007.
10-07. Authorize Township Official to Execute the Agreement with My FSA Link, LLC.
11-07. Authorize Renewal of Contract - Delta Dental Plan of New Jersey, Inc.
12-07. Authorize Submission of Safe and Secure Communities Program Grant Application.
13-07. Authorize Municipal Consent - Bergen Transportation Services, Inc.
14-07. Authorize Municipal Consent - Aura Express, Inc.
15-07. Authorize Municipal Consent - Teaneck Taxi and Limousine Service.
16-07. Authorize Rental of Additional Snow Plowing/ Snow Removal Equipment/With Operators - Various   Contractors - 2006 / 2007.

Carried by the following vote:

In Favor: C. Feit, C. Kates, DM. Parker, C. Rudolph, C. Honis, C. Gussen, Mayor Katz.

Opposed: None.

Absent: None.

BILL LIST

None.

OLD BUSINESS

None.

GOOD AND WELFARE

Howard Berger - 323 Willow Street - spoke in support of economic development.

Charles Gonzalez - spoke in support of the preliminary Birdsall Engineering report and spoke about Ammann Park renovations.

Mitchell Gluck - 75 Bennett Road - questioned the status of the proposed telephone system, DPW facility and commented on the holiday display.

Audra Jackson - 94 E. Maple Street - thanked DM. Parker and C. Gussen for information pertaining to the revaluation property, and spoke about promotions within the Teaneck Police Department.

Art Vatsky - 950 Garrison Avenue - requested strategies for the Master Plan; stated that residents should be able to rely less on private transportation; and suggested an increase in bicycle paths.
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Jerry Singer - 301 Barr Avenue - mentioned opposition to Birdsall Engineering.

Alan Sohn - 752 Cottage Place - spoke about the Budget and questioned an upcoming daytime meeting scheduled for January 23, 2007.

Tasha Morton - Sherwood Avenue - spoke about Township parks.

Ezra Ghazal - 459 Ogden Avenue - reported that vehicles are making illegal turns onto Essex Road.

Lillian Lewis, North Teaneck Road Business Alliance - supports development; and suggested Block 5703, Lot 11 be used for development.

Howard Rose - 450 Cedar Lane - stated that the Engineering Report should have focused on the Master Plan; and spoke of Teaneck's pride with respect to equal opportunity employment.

Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive - spoke about Martin Luther King, Jr.; and suggested Council weigh the cost of economic development.

C. Honis made a motion to close the Good and Welfare portion of the meeting to the public.  Seconded by Mayor Katz and carried by the following vote:

In Favor: C. Feit, C. Kates, DM. Parker, C. Rudolph, C. Honis, C. Gussen, Mayor Katz.

Opposed: None.

Absent: None.

Mrs. Fall will report to the Police Department the concerns about traffic in the vicinity of Whittier School; a January 23, 2007 Council Meeting has been scheduled with Commissioner Kolluri, as Council is concerned about lack of State funding for Route 4 corridor improvements; the proposed telephone system is not something Council will rush into, but will continue to discuss; with respect to the DPW facility, the Council has sought interest from surrounding municipalities and the Township received grant funds for a joint DPW facility study from the BCIA; and informed that the holiday display was temporarily affected as a result of an electrical problem.
 
C. Gussen responded to Tasha Morton on Township Parks and offered her a tour of all 23 parks and; agreed with Mr. Sohn about protecting taxpaying dollars.

C. Rudolph mentioned the Birdsall Engineering Report was an 8-week process; requested the Manager schedule a meeting for public input on the preliminary report; and urged the public to attend the Master Plan Meetings.

DM. Parker mentioned the Birdsall Report is preliminary; and requested clarification of the Deputy Police Chief position.

Mrs. Fall informed that Council determined in 2006 and in prior years not to fund the position, the Chief of Police recommended previously and continues to recommend the elimination of the Deputy Chief position as well as other administrative positions through attrition and to use the funds in the patrol division which she supported; staffing of all departments will be discussed by Council in the upcoming budget meetings.

C. Kates urged the public to attend Planning Board Meetings and urged Planning Board members to take the public input into account.

C. Rudolph stated the Chair of the Planning Board has opened the floor to the public during different times of Planning Board Meetings, and the Planning Board urges the presence of the public at the meetings.

Mayor Katz stated the Master Plan started six years ago, the Engineering Report prepared by Birdsall Engineering is preliminary; the Township is in need of a new phone system.


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MISCELLANEOUS

C. Kates advised the Governor in a speech today mentioned former residents, Peter Pace and Paul Volcker, Jr.

C. Gussen commended C. Kates on the article she wrote and published in the New Jersey League of Municipalities Magazine.

Mayor Katz mentioned HGTV's interest in filming within the Township and requested authorization for the Manager to permit HGTV's access at a reduced price since all filming would be internal.

Council was in agreement to allow.

Mrs. Fall to reduce the municipal fee schedule pertaining to inside filming for this one instance and list for further discussion by Council.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

COMMUNICATIONS

None.

COMMITTEE REPORTS - COUNCIL LIAISONS

C. Feit reported he and C. Gussen attended a breakfast with President Adams of Fairleigh Dickinson University.  President Adams expressed interest in scheduling a meeting with New Jersey Transit and Fairleigh Dickinson to discuss possible creation of commuter parking at Fairleigh Dickinson with a direct bus route to midtown.

Mrs. Fall will contact New Jersey Transit and FDU.

C. Kates spoke about community development and asked Mrs. Fall to advise the County that neither she or DM. Parker would attend the January 11, 2007 Meeting, as there is a Council Budget Meeting.

C. Gussen thanked the Police for the ride along he and Mayor Katz took on New Year's Eve.

TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

1. I have provisionally promoted Mr. Donald Krizek to the position of Supervisor Public Works with the   Department of Public Works, effective January 2, 2007.

2. I have provisionally promoted Mr. Justin Perelli to the position of Assistant Supervisor with the Public   Works Department, effective January 2, 2007.

3. I have provisionally promoted Mr. John Zakrzewski to the position of Assistant Supervisor with the   Public Works Department, effective January 2, 2007.

4. I have provisionally promoted Mr. Luis Rodriguez to the position of Tree Climber with the Public   Works Department, effective January 2, 2007.

5. I have provisionally promoted Mr. Stamatios Makris to the position of Truck Driver with the    Public Works Department, effective January 2, 2007.

6. I  have probationally appointed Kathleen Tobin to the position of Clerk Typist with the Recreation   Department, effective January 2, 2007.

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY’S REPORT

None.
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ADJOURNMENT

On a motion made, seconded and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned at 10:15 p.m.

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ROBYN J. LAMORTE, RMC, CMC
MUNICIPAL CLERK