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February 6, 2007 Regular Meeting

Date: February 6, 2007

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL
HELD IN THE
MUNICIPAL BUILDING COUNCIL CHAMBERS
ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 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; L.    Aportela-Hernandez, Assistant to the Municipal Manager, J. Hodges, Assistant to the     Municipal Clerk.

Council, Mrs. Fall and Mr. Turitz paid tribute to the Municipal Clerk, Robyn LaMorte and held a moment of silence.

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. Members of St. Mark's were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for their program "ESL to Go".

2. Mayor Katz and DM. Parker presented Mr. Carter Jackson with a Certificate of Appreciation as he is the New NAACP President.

3. Ms. Deborah Josephs accepted a Certificate of Commendation on behalf of her daughter, Danielle Josephs, who set-up a Mid-East Coexistence House at Rutgers University, Douglas Campus.

HEARINGS ON ORDINANCES

Ordinance #3983

First reading by title only on January 23, 2007, advertised January 26, 2007 and posted on the bulletin board.

Art Vatsky - 950 Garrison Avenue - Would like Council to consider the effects that Global Warming will have on properties close to the riverfront.

C. Feit made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #3983 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, Mayor Katz.

Opposed: None.

Absent: None.

Recused: C. Gussen.

 

Mrs. Fall read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

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.

C. Feit made a motion that Ordinance #3983 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, C. Rudolph, C. Honis, C. Gussen, Mayor Katz.

Opposed: DM. Parker.

Absent: None.

Recused: C. Gussen

Ordinance #3984

First reading by title only on January 23, 2007, advertised January 26, 2007 and posted on the bulletin board.

Art Vatsky - 950 Garrison Avenue - Spoke about Global Warming being a stress on the infrastructure.

C. Kates made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #3984 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.

Mrs. Fall read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

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

C. Kates made a motion that Ordinance #3984 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 #3985

First reading by title only on January 23, 2007, advertised January 26, 2007 and posted on the bulletin board.

No one came forward to speak.

DM. Parker made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #3985 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.

Mrs. Fall read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

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

Dm Parker made a motion that Ordinance #3985 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 #3986

First reading by title only on January 23, 2007, advertised January 26, 2007 and posted on the bulletin board.

No one came forward to speak.

C. Rudolph made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #3986 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.

Mrs. Fall read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

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.

C. Rudolph made a motion that Ordinance #3986 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 #3987

First reading by title only on January 23, 2007, advertised January 26, 2007 and posted on the bulletin board.

Joseph Naveli - 1109 Belle Avenue - Encouraged Council to be in favor of this Ordinance, not only is it a personal convenience but it will help to keep the street clean, and right now it is unsafe to cross the street with the commuter parking that is currently occurring.

Christine Devido - 1097 Belle Avenue - Feels that commuter parking is a big issue.  She is unable to get out of her driveway, has small children and that cannot be seen behind these cars, it is a noise issue in morning and effects the quality of life.

Karen Hagar - 1091 Belle Avenue - Feels that it has become difficult to live on Belle Avenue under these conditions.

Art Vatsky - 950 Garrison Avenue - Agrees that there are so many parked cars and that alternate side of the street parking may be a good solution to the problem.

Laura Zucher - 962 Hillside Avenue - Empathizes with Belle Avenue Residents.

Susan Berger - 746 Downing Road - Feels this is a terrible Ordinance and discourages people from taking public transportation.

Brian Blitz - 1108 Belle Avenue - Spoke about how Council needs to come up with a solution to the bigger problem of commuter parking, but this should not prevent them from passing this Ordinance in the interim.

Fred Burgess - 1094 Belle Avenue - Feels that taxes have gone up while privileges have gone down.

C. Honis made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #3987 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:

Absent:

Mrs. Fall read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

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

C. Honis made a motion that Ordinance #3987 be passed on second and final reading and adopted.  Seconded by C. Kates and carried by the following vote:

C. Feit stated that we should address this issue on a town wide basis, via the Master Plan or otherwise.

C. Kates is in support of working on the larger problem.  She stated that Council is aware of the problem and that it is not fair to the residents not to pass the Ordinance.  Asked Mrs. Fall to explain the predicament of having alternate side of the street parking because she feels that it is a good idea.

C. Gussen feels numerous signs on a street are confusing.

Mayor Katz feels that it is a band aid.  Teaneck has the biggest commuter parking in Bergen County, but for right now this is the only option.  Mayor Katz stated that Council needs to be committed to fixing the overall problem.

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: None.

Good and Welfare

Mrs. Fall read the addition of Resolution # 49-07 - Authorize Appointment of Acting Municipal Clerk into the record.

Howard Rose - 575 Northumberland Road - Extended his condolences to Robyn LaMorte's family and friends.

Art Vatsky - 950 Garrison Avenue - Spoke about Resolution # 40-07, feels the amount is such a big expenditure for such a small overlay.

Bob Weber - 2 London Court - Expressed condolences.  Spoke about the Concierge Club and that it is a huge ratable with a lot of vacant units.

Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive - Asked if any of the properties up for auction have potential for pocket parking lots and about the separation of the TEDC and CLSID. 

Audra Jackson - 92 E. Maple Street - Urges Council to address leadership and promote the African American woman in the Police Department to Lieutenant.

Naomi Cramer - Maitland Avenue - Sorry about Mrs. LaMorte's passing - Spoke about unfulfilled properties, question C. Rudolph about the "Blue Line" in the Master Plan, and is concerned about the Planner not responding to the Planning Boards wishes.

Laura Zucker - 62 Hillside Avenue - Spoke about Mrs. LaMorte's humor, dignity, kindness and uniqueness.  Asked where the breakdown in the Master Plan is.

Alan Sohn - 752 Cottage Place - Gave his condolences and stated that the Clerk will be greatly missed.  Thanked C. Gussen for the changes regarding the energy audit.

Vincent Napolitano - 966 Ramapo Road - Asked why Sandra Loft was not given a yes or no vote.

Brian Aberbach - 150 River Street, Hackensack, NJ -  Spoke about Robyn LaMorte and how wonderful a person she was.

Mark Schwartz - 641 Cumberland Avenue - Expressed condolences.  Wants to encourage handicapped access to the bridges.  Thanked Mrs. Fall for the two weeks to read the Master Plan.

C. Honis made a motion to close the Good and Welfare portion of the meeting to the public.  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.

Mrs. Fall explained that the properties up for auction are zoned for residential purposes only,  the North and South sides of Belle Avenue are parks, alternate side of the street parking is an annoyance, needs additional signs and is double the work for the Public Works Department, CLSID budget is being introduced tonight and the hearing will be one month later, and in regards to the Concierge Club and variances, the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment are the only ones allowed to address the issue.

C. Kates spoke about the Concierge Club and other developments need to be mindful of all district traffic,  the TEDC and CLSID budget are separate budgets and she is frustrated about the separation taking so long, and agrees with Mr. Napolitano.

C. Gussen explained to Mr. Napolitano that his abstention is not a lack of courage.

C. Rudolph explained that TEDC accepted Council's proposal of new CLSID board and the Master Plan draft recommends to maintain all existing zoning in the "Blue Zone" area.

Ordinance #3988

First reading by title only on January 23, 2007, advertised January 26, 2007 and posted on the bulletin board.

No one came forward to speak.

C. Gussen made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #3988 be closed and that it proceed to second and final reading by title only.  Seconded by C. Honis 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 read the title of the following ordinance into the record:

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

C. Gussen made a motion that Ordinance #3988 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.

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES

C. Feit introduced the following ordinances and setting February 20, 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 C. Rudolph.

Mrs. Fall read the titles of the following Ordinances into the record:

ORDINANCE # 3989 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 35, ENTITLED "TAXICABS AND OTHER VEHICLES FOR HIRE" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

ORDINANCE # 3990 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

ORDINANCE # 3991 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

ORDINANCE # 3992 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

ORDINANCE # 3993 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

ORDINANCE # 3994 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE PRIVATE SALE OF A PORTION OF LOT 1 IN BLOCK 1107 AS SHOWN ON THE TAX MAP OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK PURSUANT TO N.J.S.A. 40A.:12-13

Carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: Mayor Katz (Ordinance # 3991)

Absent: None.

PUBLIC INPUT ON RESOLUTIONS ON THIS AGENDA

No one came forward to speak.

C. Kates made a motion to close Public Input on Resolutions and Old Business on this agenda. 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.
 
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 with the exception of the January 11, 2007, Budget Review meeting Minutes that will be voted on separately.  Seconded by Mayor Katz.

Mrs. Fall 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 # 1211 - Holy Name Hospital School of Nursing Alumni - On - Premise 50/50 Cash Raffle - $20.00.

MINUTES

December 19, 2006 - Regular Meeting.

RESOLUTIONS

39-07 Authorize Legal Compensation - Peckar & Abramson, P.C. - 4th Quarter.
40-07 Approve 2007 Cedar Lane Special Improvement District Budget Introduction.
41-07 Authorize Legal Compensation - Harold Ritvo, Esq. - 11/7/06 and 12/20/06 - Special Meetings.
42-07 Authorize Installation of Street Lamp - 1190 River Road.
43-07 Authorize Public Auction - Township Property - Block 5508, Lot 2; Block 5508, Lot 9; Block 5604,   Lot 7; Block 5604, Lot 24; Block 5605, Lot 15; Block 5606, Lot 32.
44-07 Authorize Execution of Interlocal Agreement with BCIA - TANA.
45-07 Authorize Refund of 2005/2006 Tax Overpayment.
46-07 Authorize Refund of 2006 Tax Overpayment - County Board Credits.
47-07 Authorize Refund of 2005 Tax Overpayment - State Core Judgement - Block 5407, Lot 5.
48-07 Authorize Sale and Inventory of Scrap Metals to Park Stein, Inc.
49-07 Authorize Appointment of Acting Municipal Clerk.

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. Rudolph (Resolution # 44-07).

C. Feit made a motion to table the Budget Review Meeting Minute of January 11, 2007.  Seconded by C. Rudolph and carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: C. Honis.

Absent: None.

Abstained: C. Kates.
BILL LIST

C. Rudolph 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 $ 5,765,796.37 when properly approved, sworn to and the money is available.  Seconded by C. Honis and carried by the following vote.

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: None.

Abstained: Mayor Katz.

OLD BUSINESS

None.

MISCELLANEOUS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

COMMUNICATIONS

None.

COMMITTEE REPORTS - COUNCIL LIAISONS

C. Gussen - PPRAB - Boat House proposal for Rowing Club and are in favor of dog run.

C. Rudolph - STAB - Would like to have the Arbor Day ceremony on May 20, 2007. TEDC - Are waiting for the split from CLSID and the status on their budget.

DM. Parker - SSAB - After the benefit concert at St. Mark's, they would like to present the proceeds to the SSAB Chairperson.

C. Rudolph - PB - Announced the next PB meeting will be on Thursday February 8, 2007, 7:00 pm at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

C. Kates - SCAB - Informed residents of the Heart Health Program at Holy Name Hospital

TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

1. I have probationally appointed Lieutenant Steven Librie to the position of Police Captain with the Teaneck Police Department, effective February 1, 2007.

2. I have probationally appointed Sergeant Kenneth Croonquist to the position of Police Lieutenant with the Teaneck Police Department, effective February 1, 2007.

3. I have probationally appointed Police Officer Paul Finkler to the position of Police Sergeant with the Teaneck Police Department, effective February 1, 2007.

4. DOA Report - Extra Meetings - BEI feels these meetings are outside the scope of the original proposal and will charge $850 for each additional meeting.

C. Gussen asked Mrs. Fall to ask BEI to strongly request them to waive the charges.  C. Rudolph and C. Kates agreed with C. Gussen.

Mrs. Fall announced that the budget meeting on Thursday, February 8, 2007 has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 15, 2007.

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY’S REPORT

Mr. Turitz gave his report in Closed Session.

ADJOURNMENT

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

HELENE V. FALL, ACTING MUNICIPAL CLERK