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March 6, 2007 Regular Meeting

Date: March 6, 2007

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL
HELD IN THE
MUNICIPAL BUILDING COUNCIL CHAMBERS
ON TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2007

Mayor Katz called the Regular Meeting of the Teaneck Township Council to order at 8:19 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; 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.

Mayor Katz informed the public that Council met in Closed Session from 7:00 p.m. to 8:18 p.m. to discuss matters concerning personnel and property.  Mayor Katz acknowledged the presence of Senator Loretta Weinberg, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Dr. Henry Pruitt, Board of Education Member and Glenna Crockett, Superintendent of Recreation.  He requested a moment of silence for Marvin Mausner who served the community for many years.  He announced the birth of Councilmember Adam Gussen's baby girl, Molly Jessica.

PRESENTATIONS

Certificate of Appreciation - Samuel Topaz - Bronze Star.

Mr. Topaz could not attend and will be rescheduled for a future meeting.

Certificate of Appreciation - Fred Guggenheim - Years of Service.

Mayor Katz and C. Honis presented Mr. Guggenheim with the Certificate to recognize his many years of service on the Environmental Commission.  Mr. Guggenheim expressed gratitude.

Certificate of Commendation - Gorgeous Girls & Gifted Guys Book Club, Inc.

Mayor Katz and Deputy Mayor Parker presented the Certificate to the Founder and Charter Members of the Club.  Miss Marsha Gailes and her mother expressed gratitude.  Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle, C. Kates, C. Honis and C. Gussen spoke in honor of the Club.

25th Anniversary Watch - George Tadiello.

Mayor Katz and C. Feit presented the watch and certificate to Mr. Tadiello.

Mrs. Fall spoke in honor of Mr. Tadiello.

25th Anniversary Watch - Francis Wilson.

Mayor Katz and C. Feit presented the watch and certificate to Mr. Wilson, and Mr. Wilson expressed gratitude.

Mrs. Fall spoke in honor of Mr. Wilson.

Matthew Feldman Award - Teaneck Comes Together.

Martin Greenwald, Chair of the Advisory Board on Community Relations read a statement in honor of Teaneck Comes Together and presented the organization with a clock. 

Javalda Powell and Renee Forte-Clarke expressed gratitude on behalf of Teaneck Comes Together.   Karen Sarraga was unable to attend as she was ill.

Senator Weinberg and Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle presented Teaneck Comes Together with a Resolution on behalf of the Senate and Assembly.

C. Kates and C. Rudolph presented Teaneck Comes Together with a Certificate on behalf of the Township.

The meeting was adjourned from 9:13 p.m. to 9:21 p.m. for the Matthew Feldman Award Celebration.

C. Feit made a motion to table Ordinance #3966.  Seconded by DM. Parker 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.

GOOD AND WELFARE

Charles Gonzalez - 94 E. Maple Street - thanked Council for the cleanup work at the Dairy Queen Building, which was vandalized with graffiti and the cleanup work at Ammann Park.

Lillian Lewis, North Teaneck Road Business Alliance - 69 Ardsley Court - suggested that the Township owned building located at 1425 Teaneck Road, utilized by the Department of Public Works, be demolished and a new building be built which can be used an office for North Teaneck Road Business Alliance, other office space and as a community youth center.

Dr. Henry Pruitt, Board of Education Member - 113 Voorhees Street - commended Council for recognizing the Gorgeous Girls and Gifted Guys Book Club and Teaneck Comes Together.

Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive - congratulated C. Gussen on the birth of his new baby and suggested that Council concentrate on more practical issues rather than development, i.e. providing the parents in the community with free after care services for their children who attend Teaneck Schools.

Cindy Balsam - 608 Grenville Avenue - expressed her support for the full inclusion of the handicapped playground and stated that parents should be involved in the planning.

Art Vatsky - 950 Garrison Avenue - offered condolences to the family of Marvin Mausner; suggested that the Township purchase temporary storage facilities for heavy duty vehicles and snow plowing equipment; and suggested the installation of bus shelters on Cedar Lane.

Alan Sohn - 752 Cottage Place - commended Teaneck Comes Together; offered condolences to the family of Marvin Mausner; and suggested specific amendments to Ordinance #3966.

Amy Citron - 714 Rutland Avenue - commended Council for their efforts with respect to the fully accessible playground.
Hillel Adler - 1286 Dickerson Road - commended Council for their efforts with respect to the fully accessible playground.

Jordan Wouk - 554 Cumberland Avenue - spoke about Fred Guggenheim and the late Marvin Mausner.

DeeAnn Ipp - 708 Pomander Walk - requested the status of the conservation easement with respect to Teaneck's Historic Burial Ground.

Gabby Moskowitz - 1334 Mercedes Street - commended Council for their efforts with respect to the accessible playground.

Mickey Goldschmidt - 729 Washburn Street - commended Council for their efforts with respect to the playground and urged Council to expedite the process.

Tasha Morton - Sherwood Avenue - expressed concern with respect to the proposed location of the accessible playground in Votee Park.

Laura Zucker - 62 Hillside Avenue - commended Council with respect to the accessible playground and the Master Plan.

C. Rudolph made a motion to close the Good and Welfare portion of the meeting to the public.  Seconded by C. Feit 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 urged residents to always report problems within the Township and informed Ms. Morton that the proposed area for the accessible part a flat and open area which incorporates a parking area, which are important for parents and the children who will use the facility.

Mr. Turitz informed the public that the draft conservation easement is in its final stages, and upon completion, the easement will be forwarded to Green Acres and the Council for final approval.

INTRODUCTION OF THE 2007 BUDGET

C. Feit introduced the 2007 Budget and setting April 11, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. 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 Budget.  Seconded by C. Rudolph.   .

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

Resolution #69-07 - Approving the Introduction of the 2007 Budget.

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 resolution into the record:

Resolution #70-07 - Authorize Submission of Budget to Director of Local Government Services.

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.

HEARING ON THE 2007 CEDAR LANE SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT BUDGET

Mayor Katz declared the hearing open asking if anyone wished to comment.

Art Vatsky - 950 Garrison Avenue - objects to the Cedar Lane Streetscape Improvement District Budget.

C. Kates made a motion to close the hearing on the 2007 Special Improvement District Budget.  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 that the Teaneck Economic Development Corporation is by Ordinance the managing authority of the Cedar Lane Streetscape Improvement District; and announced the Special Assessment Hearing, is scheduled for April 11, 2007 and that each property owner will be notified by certified mail, return receipt requested. 

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

Resolution #71-07 - Adoption of the 2007 Special Improvement District Budget.

C. Kates made a motion to adopt the 2007 Special Improvement District Budget.  Seconded by C. Rudolph  and carried by the following vote:

C. Kates advised  the Township was in agreement with Stuart Koperweis' suggestions regarding the separation of the Cedar Lane Streetscape Improvement District and the Teaneck Economic Development Corporation; and Council is awaiting a response from the Teaneck Economic Development Corporation with respect to their by laws.

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: None.

HEARINGS ON ORDINANCES

Ordinance #3995

First reading by title only on February 20, 2007, advertised February 23, 2007 and posted on the bulletin board.

No one came forward.

DM. Parker made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #3995 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 # 3995 - AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $80,000 FROM THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK FOR UPGRADE OF VOTEE PARK POOL RELATED APPURTENANCES.

DM. Parker made a motion that Ordinance #3995 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. Honis introduced the following ordinances and setting March 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 Mayor Katz.

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

ORDINANCE #3997 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 20, ENTITLED "HAWKERS, PEDDLERS, TRANSIENT MERCHANTS, ITINERANT VENDORS, ETC." OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

ORDINANCE #3998 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

ORDINANCE #3999 - AN ORDINANCE TO EXCEED THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET APPROPRIATION LIMITS AND TO ESTABLISH A CAP BANK (NJSA 40a:4-45.14) CALENDAR YEAR 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.

PUBLIC INPUT ON RESOLUTIONS ON THIS AGENDA

Amy Citron - 714 Rutland Avenue - commented about Resolution #73-07 and suggested the installation of a fence for the accessible park.

Jordan Wouk - 554 Cumberland Avenue - commented about Resolution #73-07 and mentioned that the accessible park is not only for the disabled but inclusive and suggested input from parents.

C. Gussen 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.

C. Feit made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.  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 # 1214 - YWCA Of Bergen County - Off Premise Draw Raffle - $40.00.

MINUTES

January 8, 2007 -  Workshop Meeting.
January 9, 2007 -  Closed Session Meeting - Approved For Content Only.
January 16, 2007 - Workshop Meeting.
January 23, 2007 - Closed Session Meeting - Approved For Content Only.
January 23, 2007 - Regular Meeting.
February 6, 2007 - Closed Session Meeting - Approved For Content Only.
February 6, 2007 - Regular Meeting.
February 13, 2007 - Workshop Meeting.

RESOLUTIONS

#72-07  Authorize Appointment of 2007 Public Agency Compliance Officer - K. Lynch.
#73-07  Authorize Endorsement of Bergen County Open Space Trust Fund Grant    Application - Handicap Accessible Playground - Votee Park.
#74-07  Authorize Submission of Revised Fiscal Year 2008 Appropriations Request Form.
#75-07  Authorize Submission of Grant Certification to NJDEP - FY '05 Stormwater   Grant Application.
#76-07  Authorize Legal Compensation - Harold Ritvo, Esq. - 1/17/07 and 2/21/07 Special   BOA Meetings.
#77-07  Authorize Legal Compensation - Harold Ritvo, Esq. - 4th Qtr 2006 (Litigation -   BOA).
#78-07  Amend 2007 Council Meeting Schedule - Change Time of 4/11/07 Closed    Session and Add  4/11/07 Special/Regular Meeting.
#79-07  Authorize Professional Services Contract - Labor Counsel - DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick,   Cole and Wisler, LLP - 2007.
#80-07  Authorize Professional Services Contract - Special Labor Counsel - Genova,   Burns & Vernoia - 2007.
#81-07  Authorize Professional Services Contract - Special Construction Attorney -   Peckar & Abramson - 2007.
#82-07  Authorize Professional Services Contract - Bond Counsel - McManimon &   Scotland, LLC - 2007.
#83-07  Authorize Professional Services Contract - Auditor - Ferraioli, Wielkotz, Cerullo   & Cuva, PA - 2007.
#84-07  Amend 2007 Council Meeting Schedule - Add 3/26/07 Special Meeting - Retreat.
#85-07  Authorize Submission of Extraordinary Aid Application - DLGS - CY 2007.
#86-07  Designate March 2007 as "Women's History Month - Generation of Women   Moving History Forward".

Carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Abstained: C. Rudolph (#79-07 and #83-07).

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 $3,122,211.20 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, DM. Parker, C. Rudolph, C. Honis, C. Gussen, Mayor Katz.

Opposed: None.

Absent: None.

C. Feit suggested that the bill list be read in its entirety into the records so the public would have a better understanding of the types of items included.

OLD BUSINESS

None.

MISCELLANEOUS

C. Kates informed Council about the Planning and Zoning Book in New Jersey which she mentioned would be beneficial to the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment.


NEW BUSINESS

C. Feit expressed interest in the Council Liaison vacancy on the Advisory Board on Community Relations.  A Resolution will be prepared for the March 20, 2007 Meeting.

C. Gussen requested that the naming of the Southern Little League field be listed on the upcoming Workshop.  Mrs. Fall informed that the matter will be listed for the March 13, 2007 Workshop, and a Resolution could then be prepared for the March 20, 2007 Meeting

COMMUNICATIONS

None.

COMMITTEE REPORTS - COUNCIL LIAISONS

Deputy Mayor Parker reported on the Youth Task Force.  She informed that she, C. Kates and C. Honis were present; it was a fact-finding meeting; the Board of Education was contacted to inquire about possibility of having a joint advisory board; the Task Force expressed an interest in converting the DPW facility on Teaneck Road into a youth center; the Youth Task Force will meet with Houses of Worship to discuss the possibilities of youth centers.

C. Kates informed that the Visioning implementation committee will meet this week; mentioned that it would be unrealistic to expect Council to consider any expenses for projects based upon the current budget but that the committee planned to go back to the task forces to evaluate the suggestions and how they could work with existing structures.

C. Kates reported the Senior Citizen Advisory Board met and discussed evacuation plans for seniors and the disabled persons; the Police Department had just conducted a meeting with the various agencies who would respond to such a situation and was working on a plan to address these types of matter.

C. Feit reported that the Advisory Board on Community Relations met at which time there was a discussion about a possible dialogue of Jewish/Arab relations; previously the Board had a a presentation by the Sikh community.

C. Gussen reported the Parks, Playgrounds and Recreation Advisory Board will meet on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at which time the inclusive and special needs of the handicapped will be discussed in preparation for the installation of the handicap accessible playground.

DM. Parker reported on the Environmental Commission and the Open Space Hearing recently conducted.  She also mentioned the Planning Board and possible inclusion of the Open Space Plan when finished and the inclusion of the a  Comprehensive Recreation Master Plan in the Mater Plan.

C. Kates reported that she had attended the recent Master Plan meeting of the Planning Board and the Board had indicates its intention to include an Open Space Plan an element of the Master Plan, but the Open Space Plan being worked on by the Environmental Commission needs to be finalized and presented to the Planning Board for their consideration for adoption and included in the Master Plan as an amendment during 2007 in order for the township to be eligible for land acquisition grant funds from the state of NJ.

TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

1. Schedule Meeting Dates - Interview Pending Volunteer Applicants.

Mrs. Fall informed that the Township is in receipt of 60 applications, not including the Library Board.  A Resolution will be prepared changing the time of the March 20, 2007 Closed Session Meeting to 6:30 p.m. to interview applicants for the Library Board.

Mrs. Fall will circulate additional dates to Council for the purposes of interviewing the balance of the applicant for the various other boards.

2. Advertise Pending Board Openings - Statutory and Advisory.

Mrs. Fall reviewed the information she had circulated to the Council regarding the terms for the various Statutory Boards and/or Advisory Boards with specific terms which expire in June 2007 and the proposed press release to seek applicants.    Council authorized the issuance of the press release.

3. Schedule Library Board Applicants - 3/20/07.

Mrs. Fall suggested that based upon the number of interviewees that the closed session meeting start at 6:30 p.m.  Council concurred.

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY’S REPORT

Mr. Turitz informed the public that Council must return to Closed Session to continue discussion with respect to labor-related matters.

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion made, seconded and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned at 10:50 p.m.

HELENE V. FALL, ACTING MUNICIPAL CLERK