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January 16, 2007 Workshop Meeting

Date: January 16, 2007


Mayor Katz called the Workshop Meeting of the Teaneck Township Council to order at 7:31 p.m., and asked all those present to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.


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.


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.

Mayor Katz announced the presence of Tasha Morton, former Board of Education member, Charles McKearnin, Township Engineer and Martin Cramer, Esq., former Township Attorney.  Mayor Katz requested a moment of silence for former Mayor and Councilman Paul Ostrow's brother, Stuart Ostrow, who recently passed.

Mayor Katz asked Council to provide a clarification to last Thursday’s budget meeting where Council determined to place a one week freeze on any hiring or filling of vacancies until the next budget meeting this Thursday.  Mrs. Fall requested clarification from Council whether she could move forward with promotions discussed with Council at last Thursdays’ Budget Review meeting.

All Councilmembers were in agreement that the promotions as planned were authorized to proceed.


Howard Berger - 323 Willow Street - requested Council take action now with development in all business districts and suggested development begin with Queen Anne Road and DeGraw Avenue, Teaneck Road and that potential development of  Ammann Park be considered.

Joel Wadler - 1153 E. Laurelton Parkway - spoke and submitted correspondence pertaining to the requirement that he improve an unimproved Township street to access his property.

Javalda Powell, Teaneck Comes Together - 981 Sheffield Road - spoke about a January 14th event, the theme was "I Dream of Teaneck"; presented art work from Teaneck High School students to Council; expressed gratitude to Council and school officials for their continued support; and relayed concerns from parents regarding diversity, taxes and education.

Renee Forte Clark, Teaneck Comes Together - 187 Shepard Avenue - informed that parents are exploring inclusion of  houses of worship in the Teaneck Comes Together programs to expand diversity; parents had expressed interest in a Boys and Girls Club in the Township; and parents are concerned about taxes and education.

Eugene Coleman - 995 Richard Court - informed Council that the Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission will be endorsing the reappointment of Sandra Loft at its meeting this evening.  The Commission is requesting funds for research pertaining to the historical designation of property.

Tasha Morton - spoke of the use of Ammann Park by children; and expressed opposition to development near her residence and in the Park.

C. Kates made a motion to Close the Good and Welfare Portion of the Meeting to the Public.   Seconded by C. Gussen 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 informed Council that Mr. Wadler applied for a variance; there are conditions imposed by the Board of Adjustment which included the improvement of the road which condition Mr. Wadler agreed to; the Township Engineer is enforcing the requirements of the Board of Adjustment.  If Mr. Wadler does not wish to comply with the Board of Adjustment conditions, he must address the  Board of Adjustment, not Council.

C. Gussen assured Ms. Morton that nothing will happen to Ammann Park, and he is still taking her on a tour of the Parks throughout Teaneck.

Mr. Turitz advised Council that they do not have the jurisdiction to override any conditions imposed by the Board of Adjustment.


1. Sandra Loft - Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission.

Mr. Turitz advised Council of the legal procedure by which Ms. Loft will be interviewed.

Council presented Ms. Loft with questions, specifically, why she feels she should be reappointed and the status of the Board's grant funds.  Mrs. Loft responded.

C. Kates requested that Ms. Loft be nominated.

Ms. Loft read a statement into the record regarding her qualifications for reappointment to the Commission.

A vote on Mrs. Loft’s nomination will be taken at the January 23rd Council meeting.

2. Bergen County Engineer Ascolese -
 a. Tryon Avenue/Teaneck Road Intersection.

Mrs. Fall informed that as per Council's request, Mr. Ascolese conducted a traffic study, which has been reviewed by the Teaneck Police Department and the Township Engineer.  Both the Police Department and Township Engineer concur with Mr. Ascolese’s recommendation to change the Tryon Avenue lagging left turn arrow to a lead arrow and install a westbound left turn arrow to pass the large number of turns, provided this change is approved by the NJ Department of Transportation, item #3 in your December 14th letter.  Any costs associated with this change will be at the County’s expense except for the purchase of pedestrian countdown signals, which the Township will pay for and the County will install.

Mr. Ascolese agreed that once these improvements are made, his staff will monitor the functioning of this intersection to determine if additional improvements are required, as also outlined in his December 14, 2006 letter, specifically #5 which would then need to be further discussed with the Council since significant funds would be required from the Township.

Richard Spitale, Engineer also with the County Engineer’s office, summarized the operation of the inspection, which was submitted to Council with Mr. Ascolese's December 14th correspondence.

Council concurred with the proposal.

3. TEDC/CLSID Bylaws - Proposed Changes.

Mr. Turitz advised there are different proposals before Council; Council must make policy changes; the existing plan originates from 1988; concurs with Stuart Koperweis' recommendations; Cedar Lane Special Improvement District and the Teaneck Economic Development Corporation must be separated, and creation of organization must be by way of Ordinance; Teaneck Economic Development Corporation Subcommittee made recommendations regarding by-laws of both groups, and that would be policy decision; Council has obligation to make appointments.

Nancy Adams, Downtown Development/Birdsall Engineering -  Ms. Adams provided her professional background.  She reviewed the part of the Development Opportunities report prepared for the Township by Birdsall Engineering which she assisted with. Informed Council that the North Teaneck Road Business Alliance is a vibrant group, which is good for Teaneck however, should be more organized; Teaneck Road needs improvements; suggested the creation of Meter Parking Program through the Department of Community Affairs; Cedar Lane Special  Improvement District should have their own director; suggested matching grants/facade program; spoke about a business incubator program ; and West Englewood Plaza District would benefit from a SID like management program.

Karel Littman, CLSID Director - mentioned at one time there was a facade program that was placed on hold by past management; spoke of bank partnership and funding grants; and supports the facade program.

Council discussed appointment policy, and discussed possible membership scenarios for the TEDC and the CLSID, as well as appointment power.  For the CLSID it was suggested to have a Council designee, Manager designee, 2 residents at large appointed by Council, 1 Chamber of Commerce representative appointed by the Chamber, 3 Business Owner/Property Owner representatives appointed by Council, 1 TEDC representative appointed by the TEDC, and 2 additional 3 Business Owner/Property Owner representatives appointed by the CLSID subject to Council veto.  Terms were discussed to initially have 6-2 year terms and 5-3 year terms and then 2 year terms thereafter.

Council discussed leave the TEDC membership and appointments as they currently exist.

This matter will be listed for further discussion.


1. Sewer User Charges.

Mrs. Fall informed that she asked Mr. Turitz for clarification as to an individual who owns multiple properties and the 100,000-gallon credit.  Mr. Rupp drafted amendments to the Ordinance to clarify that each property is entitled to the 100,000-gallon credit.

The Ordinance will be introduced at the January 23, 2007 Meeting.

2. Proposed Taxi Cab.

This matter to be held for the February Workshop Meeting.

3. Proposed Limousine.

This matter to be held for the February Workshop Meeting.

4. Auxiliary Police.

Mrs. Fall informed Council that pursuant to State Law, the maximum allowed is 25% of full force or 25 in Teaneck’s case.  No further action will be taken, as State Law defines the maximum number.

5. Stormwater Regulations.

Mrs. Fall informed Council that this pertains to demolition and new construction, but nonresidential use.  Mr. McKearnin, Township Engineer, was also present and provided additional information.

The 2 Ordinances will be introduced at the January 23, 2007 meeting.

6. Glenpointe South Rezoning.

Mrs. Fall informed Council that the Planning Board approved the height listed in the Ordinance. 

Council requested planner review for parking requirements. Mr. Turitz will contact Harold Ritvo, Esq. for clarification.

7. Belle Avenue.

The Ordinance will be introduced at the January 23, 2007 meeting.

8. Fort Lee Road.

The Ordinance will be introduced at the January 23, 2007 meeting.

9. Vandelinda Avenue.

The Ordinance will be introduced at the January 23, 2007 meeting.

10. Chadwick Road.

The Ordinance will be introduced at the January 23, 2007 meeting.

11. Greenwood Road.

The Ordinance will be introduced at the January 23, 2007 meeting.

12. Queen Anne Road.

The Ordinance will be introduced at the January 23, 2007 meeting.

13. Rooftop Antennas.

Mrs. Fall informed Council that the Planning Board approved the addition of Township-owned buildings.

Mr. Turitz to amend the Ordinance to include same.

14. Appointments by Council.

Mr. Turitz discussed the interviewing process in open/closed session and clear notice in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Mr. Turitz will amend the Ordinance for boards with open-ended seating and 2-week limitation for boards with limited seats.

15. Regulating Towing Fees.

Mrs. Fall recommended amending the Ordinance for  no fee to be required by towing companies for vehicles taken for evidence of a crime as directed by the Township.




1. State Street Parking Lots and On - Street Parking.

Council determine do install muni-meters for 2 lots and utilize parking permits for residents.  Council must decide who will be able to obtain parking permits.  Mr. Turitz to review with Mrs. Fall for further discussion with Council.  With respect to on-street parking, there are no restrictions planned - as is the current status.

2. Energy Audit - Update.

Ms. Aportela-Hernandez  informed Council that she is awaiting a date from Siemens for a walk through to look at fixtures, windows and the age of the Township-owned buildings.

3. WIFI - Update.

Mrs. Fall informed Council she is awaiting the proposal.

4. Website - Update.

Mrs. Fall informed Council that the Board of Education and Fairleigh Dickinson University could not provide assistance, and that she is seeking  proposals for the website design.

This matter to be held for a future Workshop Meeting.

5. Employee Service Recognition Pins.

Mrs. Fall will look into recognition pins containing bars for the police and fire departments to accommodate their uniforms.

6. Council Retreat Follow-up - Goal/Objective Setting.

Mrs. Fall will circulate dates to Council.


1. December 20, 2006 - EC Memo - Property Sale Disposition of Funds.

Environmental Commission requested that Council commit to placing property sale funds in a designated account.  Council was not in agreement.  Mrs. Fall will respond to the Environmental Commission. 

2. December 21, 2006 - TEDC Email - Request for Memorial Day 2007 Street Fair.

Council was in agreement with the requested date.  Mrs. Fall to investigate the overtime costs to the Township, as this event will occupy a holiday, to see what funds the CLSID can provide to offset the costs.

3. December 23, 2006 - M. White Email - Fees and Regulations for Certificates of Use.

Construction Official Gluck had advised Mrs. Fall that pursuant to State law, the certificate of use could not be waived.  The waiver of the fee was discussed by Council and it was decided that there would be no waiver.

4. January 4, 2007 - HPC Memo - Bahai Center Proposal.

Mrs. Fall informed Council that this matter is subject to funds being available in the budget.  Council asked Mrs. Fall to notify the Commission that this matter would be reviewed upon completion of the budget review.

5. December 8, 2007 - Correspondence from E. Rand - Teaneck International Film Festival.

This matter to be held after budget discussions.

6. January 8, 2007 - Correspondence from COAH - Regional Contribution Agreements.

This matter to be held for the February Workshop Meeting.


Council discussed having a Clergy Council meeting  and formed a Subcommittee (C. Feit, C. Kates and Mayor Katz), having an Advisory Board/Statutory Board and Commission Chairpersons meeting and forming a  Subcommittee and having a meeting with the Realtors and formed a  Subcommittee (C. Rudolph, C. Gussen, Mayor Katz).  Mrs. Fall and Mrs. LaMorte to staff these Subcommittees.


(Items listed at request of the Councilmember as noted in parenthesis.  Backup provided if available.  Council to determine whether to discuss, list for discussion at an upcoming meeting, or not discuss).

1. Customer Service Survey (Mayor Katz).

This matter to be held after budget discussions.

2. Technology Advisory Board (Mayor Katz).

This matter to be held for the February Workshop Meeting.

3. Naming Rights (Mayor Katz).

This matter to be held for the February Workshop Meeting.

4. 1500 River Road (C. Feit).


5. Route 4 / Belle Avenue - Welcome to Teaneck Signs (Mayor Katz).

Mrs. Fall will contact Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Hospital to ascertain if they would be interested in cosponsoring the costs of the signs as was done with the Welcome to Teaneck signs.


1. Street Light - 1190 River Road.

Mrs. Fall informed the location is in the vicinity of Hope Presbyterian Church, and the cost is $24.00 per month.  This came at the request of a commuter who uses the area sidewalks.   Council consented.  A Resolution will be prepared.

2. Council Chamber Lighting.

Mrs. Fall stated this matter is self evident and the energy efficient bulbs are being used in the fans; looking for appropriate bulbs for the chandeliers over the dais.

3. Glenpointe Traffic Issues.

Mrs. Fall informed Council that Police Lieutenant Carney and Township Engineer McKearnin met with representatives from Sanzari Enterprises; they will be having a meeting on site to discuss the possibility of locating sidewalks.  Mrs. Fall will further advise Council.

4. Schedule Special Meetings - Development Opportunities Plan.

Mrs. Fall was asked by Council to obtain from Birdsall Engineering 2 dates for Special Public Meetings on the Report.


1. Council Rules - VIII (b) Committees.

This matter to be held for the February Workshop Meeting.


On a motion made, seconded and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned at 11:47 p.m.