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January 23, 2007 Regular Meeting

Date: January 23, 2007

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL
HELD IN THE
MUNICIPAL BUILDING COUNCIL CHAMBERS
ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2007

Mayor Katz called the Regular Meeting of the Teaneck Township Council to order at 8:00 p.m., and asked all those present to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

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. Hodges, 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. Mayor Katz, Deputy Mayor Parker and Police Chief Tiernan presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Police Captain Diane Mancini on her retirement.  Kind words were said by C. Kates, C. Honis and Mrs. Fall.  Police Captain Diane Mancini accomplished many things in town including being the first woman Police Officer in the Township.

2. 2. Mrs. Fall presented Certificates of Congratulations to Donald Krizek, Justin Perelli, Angel Rios, Luis Rodriguez and John Zakrzewski for their promotions in the Department of Public Works.  Stamatios Makris also received a certificate for his promotion but was unable to make it to the meeting.

3. Mayor Katz, C. Kates, C. Honis and C. Rudolph presented the following residents with certificates and recognizing their participation in Leadership Teaneck:
a. Certificates of Completion - Sandra Adams, Clifton Arrington, Rosa Bland, Eric Brauer, John   Butler, Mary Carroll, Margot Embree Fisher, Ezra Ghazal, Joseph Glass, Melanie Gluck,    Mitchell Gluck, Charles Gonzalez, Jean Greenfield, Leon Haynes, Roby Langert, James Linek,   James Logan, Kathleen Mulligan, Raji Natarajan, Toni Nayowitz, Wanda Newman, Daniel   O'Neil, Jeff Ostroth, Robert Pallesen, Michael Rogovin, Carol Sonnessa, Steven Tesser, Tanya   Turner, Ester Weis.

b. Certificates of Participation - Carolyn Brady, Jane Builder, Beverly Lucas, Jason Schwigert, Leslie  Small, Sharon Sullivan, Dimitri Teresh, Deborah Witcher Jackson.

HEARINGS ON ORDINANCES

Ordinance #3979

First reading by title only on January 9, 2007, advertised January 12, 2007 and posted on the bulletin board.

No one came forward to speak.

C Feit made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #3979 be closed and that it proceed to second and final reading by title only.  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.

The Clerk read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

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

C. Feit made a motion that Ordinance #3979 be passed on second and final reading and adopted.  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

Ordinance #3980

First reading by title only on January 9, 2007, advertised January 12, 2007 and posted on the bulletin board.

No one came forward to speak.

C. Kates made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #3980 be closed and that it proceed to second and final reading by title only.  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.

The Clerk read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

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

C. Kates made a motion that Ordinance #3980 be passed on second and final reading and adopted.  Seconded by C. Rudolph 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.

Ordinance #3981

First reading by title only on January 9, 2007, advertised January 12, 2007 and posted on the bulletin board.

No one came forward to speak.

DM Parker made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #3981 be closed and that it proceed to second and final reading by title only.  Seconded by C. Rudolph 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.

The Clerk read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

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.

DM Parker made a motion that Ordinance #3981 be passed on second and final reading and adopted.  Seconded by C. Rudolph 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.

Ordinance #3982

First reading by title only on January 9, 2007, advertised January 12, 2007 and posted on the bulletin board.

No one came forward.

C. Rudolph made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #3982 be closed and that it proceed to second and final reading by title only.  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.

The Clerk read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

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.

C. Rudolph made a motion that Ordinance #3982 be passed on second and final reading and adopted.  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.

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES

C. Honis introducing the following ordinances and setting February 6, 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.

ORDINANCE #3983 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING A CERTAIN LEASE DATED JULY 7, 1976, AMENDED MAY 2, 1978, JANUARY 19, 1988, JUNE 7, 1988, JUNE 21, 1988 AND AUGUST 14, 1997 MADE BY THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, AS LESSOR, WITH THE TEANECK SWIM CLUB, INC., AS LESSEE.

ORDINANCE #3984 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 33, ENTITLED "DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

ORDINANCE #3985 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE TOWNSHIP CODE ADDING CHAPTER 38 STORMWATER CONTROL REGULATIONS.

ORDINANCE #3986 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ARTICLE IV, "SEWER USE AND CHARGES," OF CHAPTER 30, "SEWERS AND SEWAGE DISPOSAL" TO ESTABLISH A NEW SEWER USER CHARGE SYSTEM.

ORDINANCE #3987 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK.

ORDINANCE #3988 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK.

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.

Abstained: C. Gussen (Ordinance # 3983)

PUBLIC INPUT ON RESOLUTIONS ON THIS AGENDA

The following residents spoke in favor of Sandra Loft being reappointed to Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission.

  Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive  Dee Ann Ipp - 708 Pomander Walk
  Laura Zucher - 62 Hillside Avenue  Naomi Cramer - 623 Maitland Avenue
  Barbara Hutt 1347 Pennington Road  Ron Schwartz - 698 Larch Avenue

C. Gussen made a motion to close Public Input on Resolutions and Old Business on this agenda.  Seconded by C. Kates 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.

C. Feit made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.  Seconded by Mayor Katz.

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 # 1209 - Temple Emeth - Casino Night - $100.00.
RA # 1210 - The ARC Bergen & Passaic Counties - Off - Premise 50/50 Cash Raffle - $20.00.

MINUTES

December 19, 2006 - Closed Session Meeting - Approved for Content Only.
January 4, 2007 - Budget Review Meeting.

RESOLUTIONS

20-07.  Authorize Purchase of 911 Equipment Upgrade.
21-07.  Award Bid - Sprint Spectrum LP. - Tree Pole Wireless Communication Tower.
22-07.  Authorize Purchase - Combination Sewer Cleaner Vehicle.
23-07.  Award Contract - National Water Main Cleaning Co. - Cleaning, Root-Cutting, and Video    Inspection of Sanitary Sewer Lines.
24-07.  Authorize Appointments - Social Service Advisory Board.
25-07.  Authorize Extension of Lease - North Jersey Tractor.
26-07.  Authorize Renewal of Liquor License # 0260-33-028-001.
27-07.  Authorize Execution of Developer's Agreement - Congregation Arzei Darom.
28-07.  Authorize Legal Compensation - J. Dennis Kohler - CCRB - 4th Qtr. 2006
29-07.  Ratify Investments - CFO - December 2006.
30-07.  Ratify Payments - CFO - December 2006.
31-07.  Authorize Rejection and Readvertising of Bid - Lighted Basketball Court Construction -     Argonne Park.
32-07.  Authorize PO for Generator and Installation for Fire Station #2.
33-07.  Authorize Transfers of 2006 Appropriation Reserve Budget Accounts.
34-07.  Authorize Execution of Amended Developer's Agreement - Holy Name Hospital.

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

C. Kates made a motion that the reading of the bill list be dispensed with inasmuch as it has been posted on the bulletin board all day and that it be authorized paid in the amount of $ 4,650,648.44 when properly approved, sworn to and the money is available.  Seconded by C. Rudolph and carried by the following vote:

In Favor: C. Feit, C. Kates, C. Rudolph, C. Honis, C. Gussen.

Opposed: None.

Absent: None.

Abstained: DM. Parker, Mayor Katz.

OLD BUSINESS

C. Kates made a motion to appoint Sandra Loft as Commissioner to the Historic New Bridge Landing Park.  Seconded by C. Honis.

Council discussed reappointing Sandra Loft to the Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission.

C. Kates feels the residents have captured the reasons why she should be reappointed. 

DM. Parker feels that the 11 years she has already served to the Commission is commendable and her experience is as well.

C. Feit expressed that he felt conflicted about the matter.

Mayor Katz believes that Mrs. Loft is qualified for the position.

Carried by the following vote:

In Favor: C. Kates, C. Parker, C. Honis.

Opposed: None

Absent: None.

Abstained: C. Feit, C. Rudolph, C. Gussen, Mayor Katz.

GOOD AND WELFARE

The following residents spoke about Council not reappointing Sandra Loft.  The residents expressed concerns about the vote, would like Council to reconsider and put back on the agenda, questioned why they did not table the decision, and are upset with the final outcome:

  Ron Schwartz - 698 Larch Avenue  Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive
  Laura Zucker - 62 Hillside Avenue   Tasha Morton -    Sherwood Avenue
  Marie Warnke - 680 Albin Street  Ellen Schwartz - 109 Griggs Avenue
  Jeff Ostroth - 308 Vandelina Avenue  Naomi Cramer - 623 Maitland Avenue

Micky Goldschmidt - 729 Wasburn Street - Questioned why everyone is focused only on one issue, feels that new blood may be more palpable.  Asked for an explanation on the treepole, bill list, and consent agenda.

Marie Warnke - 680 Albin Street - Spoke on behalf of the Hackensack River Greenway Advisory Board stating that they reject river-front development.

Jeff Ostroth - 308 Vandelinda Avenue - Questioned the Council's participation in hiring Birdsall Engineering and giving them a tour prior to being hired.

Jerry Singer - 301 Barr Avenue - Spoke about ratables and the development opportunities report prepared by Birdsall Engineering.

DM Parker 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.

C. Gussen explained that the matter of Mrs.  Loft not being reappointed is not a question of her not being qualified for the position or not.  His abstention is not a "no" vote .  There are 9 other applicants for the position.  C. Gussen feels that all applicants should be viewed together prior to a decision being made.

C. Rudolph would like to see all of the applicants that applied before he makes his decision.

DM. Parker is disappointed and hopes her fellow colleagues will reconsider.

C. Kates commented she was not surprised that Mrs. Loft was not reappointed.  C. Kates believes that a large body of the community wants to see Mrs. Loft reappointed. 

C. Kates mentioned the 2007 Municipal Budget and possible laying off employees.

DM. Parker stated that Council has not decided to layoff any employees.

C. Honis feels that four Councilmembers abstaining from voting Mrs. Loft into position is ridiculous and that they should have the courage to say no.

C. Rudolph stated that some of Council wants to see what their options are regarding the operating budget.

C. Kates spoke about the operating budget and how department heads had to give up their Martin Luther King Day holiday in order to provide reduction information about their operating budgets.

Mayor Katz explained that the Councilmembers who abstained from voting, made a decision to not take action and feels that he could not vote no.  Mayor Katz believes there is no question if Mrs. Loft is qualified but feels Council should consider more people.  Mayor Katz also spoke about the budget and not voting the popular way but the right way.

MISCELLANEOUS

C. Kates informed the residents of the Solstice Ensemble Concert at St. Mark's Church on February 4, 2007 benefiting the Social Service Advisory Board.

Mayor Katz spoke about the meeting he had with Mr. Goetz from CSX about the renovated tunnel.   Mr. Goetz had advised Mayor Katz about the comment relating to railroad transportation and Homeland Security.  Mr. Goetz had suggested forming a task force of Councilmembers, Legislators,  and CSX employees to discuss railroad landscaping to reduce the visual and possibly noise for adjacent neighbors.

Council was interested in such a task force; Mrs. Fall will contact Mr. Goetz.


NEW BUSINESS

None.

COMMUNICATIONS

None.

COMMITTEE REPORTS - COUNCIL LIAISONS

C. Kates - SCAB - Discussed at their meeting possibilities for charging a small initial fee for programs given at the recreation center for seniors.  C. Kates reported that there is discussion about the Concierge Club changing from condos to rental units.

DM. Parker - Coffee with Council - Enjoyed herself this past Sunday and encouraged public to come out in the future.

C. Gussen - Questioned charging seniors for services and programs offered at the Rodda Center.  Mrs. Fall advised Council could discuss at the budget meetings.

C. Rudolph - Planning Board - Advised residents of upcoming Master Plan meetings.

C. Katz - Asked about having a meeting every six months with the District 37 Legislators.  Mrs. Fall will contact the Legislators.

C. Feit - ABCR - spoke about the annual Matthew Feldman Award and discussions at the last Advisory Board meeting about programs for the youth.

TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

1. I have provisionally appointed Mr. Michael Cassidy to the position of Tree Climber with the Department of Public Works, effective January 2, 2007.

2. I have provisionally appointed Mr. Carmelo Rivera to the position of Electrician with the Department of Public Works, effective January 16, 2007.

3. 2007 Proposed CLSID Assessment/ Budget.  Mrs. Fall explained that the proposed 2007 CLSID budget assessment will be the same as the 2006 budget - there is no anticipated increase.  She asked Council did they wish to meet with the TEDC prior to the CLSID budget introduction.  Council determined this was not needed.  The budget will be introduced at the February 6th and there will be a hearing in March.

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY’S REPORT

1. Teaneck’s Historic Burial Ground

Mr. Turitz explained the NJDEP has given temporary approval of the proposed plan as presented to NJDEP.  NJDEP is requiring a detailed survey of the Burial Ground.  Mr. Turitz had requested permission from Mrs. Fall to have Mr. Statile prepare the survey since time was of the essence and Mr. Statile had done much of the survey and other work required on the property.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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HELENE V. FALL, ACTING MUNICIPAL CLERK