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April 18, 2007 Workshop Meeting

Date: April 18, 2007


Mayor Katz called the Workshop Meeting of the Teaneck Township Council to order at  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; J. Hodges, 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, SU GUIA and THE COUNTY SEAT, 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.

A moment of silence for Phylicia Moore, the Teaneck High School Student that past away this past week, was observed.


Naomi Cramer - Maitland Avenue - Is in support of an eminent domain Ordinance or Resolution being passed by the Council to protect private property.

Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive - Does  not understand the reluctance of Council to pass an Ordinance or Resolution prohibiting eminent domain.  Questioned if the residents were considered customers and who C. Rudolph met with in Washington, DC.

Elsworth James - 250 Voorhees Street - Would like the properties along Teaneck Road to be cleaned up and have the Health Department regulate this.

C. Feit 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.

C. Rudolph explained that Mayor Katz and he met with Senator Menendez and Senator Lautenberg .

Mrs. Fall explained that the term customers is referring to people utilizing the Township's services and they are not only residents of Teaneck.


1. Christopher Statile, PE - Ward Plaza Conceptual Plan.

Mr. Statile presented Council with a conceptual plan for Ward Plaza.  The plan included adding islands, parallel parking on both sides, bicycle lanes on both sides, cross walks, street lights down the medians, pedestrian refuge on the medians, and providing a visual barrier for residents by the addition trees and shrubs on the medians.

Mrs. Fall explained that the residents had been invited to participate and a number of meetings had been held.

Mr. Fall reminded the Council that the State rejected lowering the speed on the street to 25 MPH; the Township hopes by the addition of medians we will be able to have it lowered.  The Township also wants to introduce sidewalks and metered parking on the Armory side.  Mrs. Fall explained that the Grant we have now is a Federal Government Grant for $250,000 and that this amount will not be enough for the full changes.

Mr. Statile explained the options that the Township can explore to seek the additional $300,000.  These including setting up meetings with NJ DOT and local aid process.

Council was in agreement to move forward with the project as presented.

Mrs. Alston, a resident of Ward Plaza and their spokesperson, stated that the residents are concerned about the parking system.  The questions they have would be how long the metered parking would be in place each day.  Mrs. Fall advised that she would continue to meet with the residents on this matter.

2. Al Medioli - Dock and Boat House - Andreas Park.

Mr. Medioli explained that the Teaneck High School Rowing Club wishes to build a boat house and dock for the rowers and canoers in Andreas Park.  This project will cost upwards of $100,000 but will be of no expense to the Township.  Mr. Medioli showed Council the 2 alternate locations for docks as well as the possible locations for a boat house.  Ms. Crockett and Mr. McKearnin were also present and there are concerns about the some of the locations and their impact on the adjacent neighbors.

Mrs. Fall will coordinate a meeting with Mr. Medioli, Mr. McKearnin and Ms. Crockett on the locations of the dock and boathouse and return to Council with a joint recommendation.

C. Honis left at 9:05 p.m.


1. Exempt Properties - Sewer Ordinance.

Council established which properties would be exempt from the Sewer Ordinance; Board of Education properties, TVAC, and the Charter School property.  Amended Ordinance will be introduced at the May 8, 2007 Regular Meeting.

2. TEDC and CLSID By Laws.

Mr. Turitz explained the proposed changes and made his recommendations on what should be changed and not changed, referring to a revised document which Council did not have.

Ms. Littman spoke about the reasons for the proposed changes from the TEDC perspective.

Council requested to have copies of the revised document to which Mr. Turitz referred; copies were to be made for discussion later in the meeting.

3. Regulation of Solicitation:
 a.  Tabled Ordinance No. 3996 - Proposed Revised Ordinance.
 b.  In Commercial Areas.

Council discussed who would fall under this Ordinance and if they should just have a not allowed to solicit between certain hours instead.  Council decided not to continue with this Ordinance at this time.

4. Glenpointe Rezoning Ordinance.

Mr. Turitz updated Council.  A draft ordinance was prepared for discussion before the Planning Board and Council.  Since that time, now Glenpointe is dealing with the issue of height and parking which will include some changes to the original draft ordinance.  Planner Beahm is currently reviewing a revised draft ordinance  Mr. Turitz recommended that once the final draft ordinance is ready, it be introduced and sent to the Planning Board for review and comments between introduction and adoption.  Council concurred.

5. Antenna Ordinance.

Mr. Turitz informed Council this Ordinance is ready for introduction and will not limit Township owned buildings if antennas are not currently present.  The Antenna Ordinance will be placed one the May 8, 2007 Regular Meeting for introduction.


1. Bogota Eminent Domain Ordinance.

Mr. Turitz gave Council his legal analysis.  He explained the power of eminent domain is given by the State.  This type of Ordinance would not prevent Council from exercising eminent domain in the future, since the powers are conferred by State law.

C. Kates feels that there should be State criteria for the use of eminent domain, and just compensation, just not fair market value compensation, but does not feel that this Council should give away a power like that.

C. Rudolph feels the same as C. Kates.  C. Rudolph also feels that passing a Resolution would show our commitment.

C. Gussen does not believe in inhibiting his future decisions.

C. Parker agrees and would support a Resolution for responsible eminent domain.

C. Feit feels that it is an issue of trust.

A Resolution will be prepared for a future meeting.

2. Nominations.

Mr. Turitz advised that a member of a statutory board must be at least 18 years old.  An advisory board member may be less then 18 but may not hold any position on an advisory board. 

Council nominated the following individuals to sit on boards:

C. Kates made the following nominations for the Advisory Board on Community Relations:
Melanie Gluck, Angela Barker, Mohammad Mian and Benjamin Kellsen.

C. Rudolph made the following nominations for the Advisory Board on Parks, Playgrounds and Recreation - Cindy Balsam, for Clean and Green Committee - Robert Pallesen and Barbara Wharton, for the Shade Tree Advisory Board - Barbara Wharton and Nicholas Greipenberg, Kenneth Goffstein for the representative to the TANAAC.

C. Gussen made the following nominations for the Library Board: Anne Geffert - full term, Karen Langford - unexpired term.

DM. Parker made the following nomination for the Social Services Advisory Board:  Marsha Mackey.

C. Feit made the following nominations:  Kenneth Goffstein and Art Vatsky to the TANAAC and Benjamin Kelsen to the Site Plan Review Advisory Board.

Mr. Turitz advised Council that Mr. Kelsen represents property owners in tax appeals against the Township and he would be precluded from so doing if he is appointed to a board.  Mrs. Fall was asked to contact Mr. Kelsen on this matter - therefore, his nominations will be held until Mr. Kelsen so advises.

Resolutions will be list on the April 24, 2007 Regular Council Meeting.

3. Cell Tower.

Mrs. Fall advised the Treepole agreement has been executed and the construction documents are  now in Building Department and Engineering review.

4. Subcommittees.

Mrs. Fall informed Council of the current status of various subcommittees.

1. Commuter Parking - Will be meeting April 24, 2007 at 2 p.m. with Mr. Robins.
2. Sign - Will be meeting April 24, 2007 at 12:30 p.m. to discuss the DOA Report recommendations.
3. Realtor - Tentative date of May 17, 2007 at 7 PM for the meeting with the Realtors subject to Council concurrence - Council approved.
4. Zoning Ordinance Review - Will be meeting on April 25, 2007 and May 1, 2007 with Anne Senter and Steve Gluck.

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are forming a subcommittee to discuss Meters within the Township.


1. Recreation Fees - Rodda Center Room Rentals and Youth Division.

Council discussed the proposed fee revisions at the Recreation Center.  Council is in favor of all the revisions. 

DM Parker advised that with respect to means testing, after further reviewing this matter, since the Township does participate in the Count program, she did not recommend further consideration of means testing.  Council concurred.

Council also discussed charging seniors for the programs that they take part in and determined no to further consider this matter.  Council decided to explore a "Friends of the Senior Center" as well to accept donations that people would like to make toward the senior programs. C. Kates and C. Rudolph will spear head the “Friends” discussion. 

2. PHQ.

Mrs. Fall advised the bids were received on March 20th and are good for 60 days.  The lowest responsible bidder may extend, at his discretion beyond the 60 days.

Council discussed the potential of totaling redoing all buildings within the Municipal Complex and asked Mr. Turitz to review on an expedited basis the Green Acres matter.

Council asked Mrs. Fall to seek an extension beyond the 60 days to provide the Council with an opportunity to explore alternate means.  Mrs. Fall will relist on the May Workshop Agenda.

3. Shared Services.

Council reviewed Mrs. Fall’s memo regarding the status of the exploration of possible shared services  with the City of Hackensack to perform body work on Township Vehicles.  Mrs. Fall was authorized to proceed with the agreement.

Council discussed Grants pertaining to shared services.  Mrs. Fall explained that we are currently looking into having shared services with the City of Englewood for fire dispatching.  Such a study for shared services would be eligible for a Shared Services Grant.

4. Votee Park/Jr. Football League Use of Existing Building.

Mrs. Fall informed Council that the Jr. Football League will require the use of the whole facility in Votee Park.  Council authorized Mrs. Fall to proceed with the renovation work for the 2008 year in lieu of the rental of a trailer.

5. Realtor Meeting - May 17 at 7:30 PM.

All of Council is available for at this date and time.

6. Amend Council Meeting Schedule - Change 5/22/07 Regular Meeting to 5/21/07.

Council will change the May 22, 2007 Regular Meeting to May 21, 2007 as the result of a conflicting holiday.  C. Rudolph will not be able to make the meeting.

7. Inclusive Playground.

Mrs. Fall advised Council that she understood the Freeholders were voting on the Grant this evening.  Mrs. Fall discussed the memo submitted by Ms. Crockett advising the playground would be in excess of $420,000 based upon the public input.  Council decided the MOST funds would be used to cover the balance from what will not be received from the County Grant.

C. Gussen commented that the playground plan could be of National recognition quality.


1. March 29, 2007 - Letter from Senator Weinberg - Petition Revising School Funding   Formula.

Council would like a Resolution drafted explaining the economic status of students within the school district is different than the Municipality as a whole.  Mrs. Fall will draft the resolution.

2. March 29, 2007 - Memo from K. Littman - Farmers' Market Update.

The participants of the Farmers Market would like to continue to have the Thursday Market in the Garrison Avenue Parking Lot. 

K. Littman explained the Grant opportunities for a second market in town.  They would like to have a trial period on Mondays in July and August.  This market would have a different concept then the first.  It would feature a farmer but also have plant and flower sales and Ms. Littman is looking into having restaurants take part.  This second market would take place on Teaneck Road. 

Council was in agreement with both proposals.

3. TEDC - Request for Release of Funds 1/2 year.

Mrs. Fall recommended the release of $35,000 to the TEDC and Council agreed.

4. TEDC - Request for $2,400 in Advertising Support for Farmers' Market.
Council has agreed to support this request and will list for Tuesday, April 24, 2007 Regular Meeting.

5. March 19, 2007 - Letter From J. Czeterko - Parking Around Perimeter THS.

Mrs. Fall recommended that no Council subcommittee was required and that Staff could work with the Board of Education on this matter.  Council concurred.

6. March 15, 2007 - E-mail From STAB Chairperson Cochrane - Training Costs.

Mrs. Fall recommends reimbursement of up to $200.00. Ms. Cockrane spoke on behalf of the training costs and the need for CEUs by the board.  Mrs. Fall will look into the requirements of having CEUs and provide a further report to Council.

7. March 1, 2007 - E-mail From L. Lewis - 1425 Teaneck Road.

Will hold for future meeting when Council discusses the Master Plan.

8. April 3, 2007 - Letter From BC Department of Planning & Economic Development -   Transfer of Development Rights Program.

Mrs. Fall explained the Highlands Commission would like to come and make a presentation to Council.  There is a  Grant that could be received from this to be used for a development study to be done without a commitment to the project.  Council was agreement to have the presentation.


1. Bi Annual Review of Liquor License Reports - Discussion on Possible Liquor License   Hearings.

Council set up dates for the liquor license hearings: May 31, 2007; June 4, 2007; June 18; 2007; and June 20, 2007.  Mrs. Fall was asked to provide additional information about Gernomis, Vinne O’s, Gerdes, Hiros and the Cottage Bar.


(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. Grant Writer - C. Rudolph.

Will hold for a future Workshop Meeting.

2. Commercial Property - CL/Palisade Avenue - Mayor Katz.

Hallmark studios is currently zoned for office/ commercial use.  The Master Plan has it zoned otherwise.  The current property owner is having trouble finding tenants and would like the zoning changed to mixed use as in the Master Plan.

Mr. Turitz will look into what the Master Plan says and the process to change it. Mrs. Fall will provide information to Council on the current zoning.

3. Recycling and Garbage Collection. - C. Rudolph.

Will hold for a future Workshop meeting.


1. Advisory / Statutory Board / Commission Current Members - Schedule Interview Dates.

Council agreed to schedule May 2, 2007 to meet with current Statutory board members whose term expire on June 30, 2007 or whose term expired on June 30, 2006 and who have continued pending reappointment, with interviews starting at 6:30.

2. Customer Service Survey.

Mrs. Fall provided Council with a sample questionnaire.  Mayor Katz feels this example is a great start.  Council suggested slight changes to the survey; putting the survey on an 81/2 x 11 paper and folding it in half.  Mrs. Fall will proceed.

3. Telephone System Update.

Mrs. Fall gave Council the update on the phone system.  Mrs. Fall advised Mr. Schwartz continued to work with staff.    He has been a great asset to the process.

4. Cedar Lane Sidewalk - Queen Anne Road and Palisade Avenue.

The Township has reviewed the cost estimate.  $500,000 is approximately what the estimated cost will be.  Mrs. Fall was asked to contact County and State Legislators for funding.

5. Salt Shed.

Mr. McKearnin was present.  Mrs. Fall discussed the need to proceed since as of April 1, 2007, unless there is a shed, the Township will be unable to store any salt on location.  The shed will be made of polyethylene. Council decided to authorize the purchase of temporary structure for the shed.

6. PAL Building.

This item will be held for a future meeting.

7. Energy Audit Update.

Mrs. Fall informed Council that Seimens is still analyzing bills.

8. Teaneck Welfare Committee Account.

Mrs. Fall advised this matter was included as part of the 2007 Budget presentation.  The SSAB is requested that  PATF1 funds, up to $2,000 be used to assist residents with small emergencies.  PATF1 funds are nonoperating funds as outlined in Mr. Fisher's memo.  Council concurred.


1. Sunset Clause for MOST Tax.

Mr. Turitz explained there is no requirement for MOST tax to have a sunset clause.

2.  Council discussed the members of the TEDC and CLSID after reviewing the document circulated by Mr. Turitz.  Council decided to keep the Manager as a voting member, to no longer have members from the Chamber of Commerce, and add one additional member.  Mr. Turitz will revised the ordinance.  The proposed by-laws still need to be provided.


Council discussed the seating arrangement used for tonight’s workshop meeting.  Council did not come to a decision about a new seating arrangement for workshop meeting.  Further discussion is required.


On a motion made, seconded and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned at 11:37 p.m.