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May 15, 2007 Workshop Meeting

Date: May 15, 2007

MINUTES OF A WORKSHOP MEETING OF THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL
 HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON
  TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2007

Mayor Katz called the Workshop Meeting of the Teaneck Township Council to order at
7:52 p.m., and asked all those present to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL

Present: 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, 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.

Mayor Katz informed the public that Council met in Closed Session from 6:30 p.m. to 7:47 p.m. to discuss matters concerning personnel and litigation; apologized for the delay; announced the next Regular Meeting of the Township Council is scheduled for May 21, 2007; congratulated DM. Parker and her husband on their 9th Wedding Anniversary; welcomed back C. Rudolph who returned from a vacation in Aruba; and thanked Francisco Martinez of the Department of Public Works.

Mrs. Fall informed the public that the 5th Annual Clean and Green is scheduled for this upcoming Sunday; and provided the time and location of activities.

GOOD AND WELFARE

George Reskakis, Advisory Board on Community Relations Chairperson - 353 Johnson Avenue - announced Clean and Green and the reopening of parks; urged the Council to list the Open Space and Recreation Plan on an upcoming agenda for discussion and provide to the Planning Board with same for their review and approval.

Ernie Levy - 646  Drive - informed Council that minors are walking along Queen Anne Road often where there is much traffic and limited sidewalks, which is a safety issue.

Jordan Wouk - 554 Cumberland Avenue - spoke about Marvin Mausner and his accomplishments; and requested that Council approve the naming of a portion of the greenway to Marvin Mausner Meadow.

Cyndi - 608 Grenville Avenue - thanked Council for the inclusion playground on behalf of the families in the community that were in need of same for their children.

Ms. Levy - 617 N. Forest - spoke about children walking on main roads within the Township where there is a high level of traffic and minimal sidewalks, which is a safety issue.

Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive - spoke about Marvin Mausner and his accomplishments; and requested that Council approve the naming of a portion of the greenway to Marvin Mausner Meadow.

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. Kates, DM. Parker, C. Rudolph, C. Honis, C. Gussen, Mayor Katz.

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Feit.

Mrs. Fall provided the Levy Family with her business card; will contact the Police Chief to investigate and will report to the Levy Family and Council; in response to the inquiry about the Open Space and Recreation Place, the Planning Board will hold a hearing with respect to same at the June 12, 2007 Meeting.

C. Gussen mentioned his support for green acres funding; was in agreement with the Levy Family.

Mrs. Fall suggested the subject matter of pedestrian safety in the vicinity of Queen Anne Road be placed on a future Workshop Agenda for discussion.

MEETINGS

1. Mr. J. LeJava, Esq. - Transfer Development Rights Program - Highlands Commission

Mr. LeJava, Counsel on behalf of New Jersey Highlands (hereinafter referred to as "NJH") provided handouts to Council with respect to his presentation; explained TDR allows municipalities to transfer developments to receiving zones that have infrastructure to accommodate increased growth; provided explanation of the maps provided to Council; expressed the desire of the NJH to locate TDR receiving zones; suggested the Township's participation to expand; and explained incentives and grant programs.

Council questioned redevelopment; questioned credit; and commented about density referred to in the Master Plan.

Mrs. Fall questioned if Council was interested in a planning grant, if same could be used to look at respective areas and if the Township is obligated.

Mr. LeJava responded to Mrs. Fall that the Township is not obligated; informed Council that the developer would have to be willing to pay extra money; TDR is a tool that some municipalities are using that are  not zoned and underdeveloped.

Mrs. Fall questioned grant money.

Mr. LeJava responded that the grant money is for the municipality.

Mr. Turitz clarified impact fees are only for residential and confirmed the process for Mr. LeJava and Council.

C. Gussen requested that this matter be placed on a future Workshop Agenda as a Council-Listed Item.

Mrs. Fall will so relist for discussion.

2. Mr. A. Toporovsky, Esq. - 1475 Palisade Avenue - 5001/3.01 - Development Plans

Mr. Toporovsky informed that the proposed project is a development for affordable housing, located in a B1 Zone which allows for affordable housing development; and Safe Equities would be the contracted developer.

 

Council questioned the median income of the Township; questioned if there would be participation in the Green Program and requested that information be submitted to Council concerning same; requested a formal proposal be submitted to Council; questioned if the project would be considered moderate or low-income housing; questioned if there would be a parking issue; questioned what retail would be present; and questioned if the Council is bound by a Resolution of Need.

Mr. Toporovsky will provide Council with a formal proposal and documentation pertaining to the Green Program; informed the proposal reflects 60 units, which is not public housing or HUD, but privately-developed housing; the parking will be at-grade parking; responded to Mr. Turitz and advised that the proposed structure is compliant, except for the proposed parking structures.

Mr. Turitz advised Council that a Resolution of Need would be the first step of a long process; the Resolution of Need would be with conditions and must comply with the Planning Board and Site Plan Review Advisory Board; the proposed project requires pilot with respect to finance; the ultimate approval of design lies with the Planning Board; and advised Council to consider if there is a need for this type of housing within the Township.

DISCUSSION OF ORDINANCES

1. TEDC and CLSID By Laws.
 a.  Draft Ordinance Designation CL Management Group as District Management    Corp. for CLSID.

An Ordinance will be introduced at the May 21, 2007 Regular Meeting.

 b. Proposed By-laws - Cedar Lane Management Group.

An Ordinance will be introduced at the May 21, 2007 Regular Meeting.

2. Marriage Fee Ordinance.

Council suggested the following fee schedule:

$100.00 for residents, Monday through Friday;
$150.00 for non-residents, Monday through Friday;
$150.00 for residents, Saturday through Sunday and Holidays; and
$200.00 for non-residents, Saturday through Sunday and Holidays.
(legal holidays to be provided by the State).

Also, an additional fee of $50.00 will be added for travel outside of Teaneck but within Bergen County.

An Ordinance will be introduced at the May 21, 2007 Meeting.

3. Biannual Fee Ordinance Review.

An Ordinance will be introduced at the May 21, 2007 Meeting.

4. Rent Ordinance Review.

Mayor Katz recused himself.

This matter will be relisted for the June Workshop Meeting.
MISCELLANEOUS

1. Nominations.

DM. Parker made the following nominations:

Angela Barker - Ethics Board
Steve Tesser - Cable TV Franchise Renewal Advisory Board
Lee Marguiles - Cable TV Franchise Renewal Advisory Board
Lorna McKenzie - Cable TV Franchise Renewal Advisory Board
Richard Contrera - Cable TV Franchise Renewal Advisory Board
Avi Turk - Cable TV Franchise Renewal Advisory Board
Robert Coen - Cable TV Franchise Renewal Advisory Board
Terry Mack-Hunter - Cable TV Franchise Renewal Advisory Board
Janet Abbott - Social Services Advisory Board

C. Rudolph made the following nominations:

Alan Sohn - Finance Advisory Board
Nancy Cochrane - Reappointment to the Shade Tree Advisory Board
Gerald Rosen - Reappointment to the Site Plan Review Advisory Board
Herbert Argintar - Reappointment to the Site Plan Review Advisory Board
Alan Rosenberg - Reappointment to the Site Plan Review Advisory Board
Alfred Gelberg - Reappointment to the Site Plan Review Advisory Board
Edward Mulligan - Reappointment to the Board of Adjustment as Alternate Member
Harvey Rosen - Reappointment to the Board of Adjustment as Alternate Member
Annekee Brahver Keely - Reappointment to the Board of Adjustment

C. Honis made the following nomination:

Nancy Ellson - Advisory Board on Community Relations as Holy Name Hospital Representative

C. Kates made the following nomination:

Barbara Toffler - Reappointment to the Planning Board

Resolutions will be prepared for the May 21, 2007 for the respective appointments and reappointments, except the Planning Board which was placed on hold as a result of interest from additional applicants.

OLD BUSINESS

1. NJ Shade Tree & Community Forestry Plan - CEU Requirements.

Council discussed with Nancy Cochrane, Chair of Shade Tree Advisory Board who was present.  Mrs. Cochrane will provide proof of requirements.

2. Welcome to Teaneck Signs.

Mrs. Fall informed Council that Fairleigh Dickinson University requested that their seal be permitted on the Welcome to Teaneck Signs.

Council approved, and Mrs. Fall will contact Fairleigh Dickinson University to advise.

3. Shared Services.

Council established a Subcommittee, and Mayor Katz, C. Rudolph and C. Honis will serve.

 

4. Parking Meters - State Street Parking Lots.

Mrs. Fall will provide suggestions to Council for the June Workshop.

5. Use of MOST Funds - Follow-up to 3/13/07 Discussions.

Mrs. Fall will report to Council with further information from MOST.

6. Youth Task Force Report.

DM. Parker directed Council's attention to her May 9, 2007 email wherein the Youth Task Force recommended the following:

1. establishment of a Youth Advisory Board, comprised of 11 children, grades 8-12 and 3   adults who will act as advisors;
2. the funding of a gang educational component;
3. funding for Teaneck Comes Together;
4. charging the Recreation Department with the creation of programming for youth, ages   13-17; and
5. continuing to meet with the stakeholders.

Council discussed, and Mrs. Fall will draft a Resolution with respect to numbers 1 and 4.  Numbers 2, 3 and 5 will be held for the June Workshop Meeting, and Mrs. Fall will contact Tenafly with respect to number 4.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. April 24, 2007 Memo - J. Wouk - Naming of Portion of Greenway.

Jordan Wouk, Hackensack River Greenway Advisory Board Chair - requested that 100 feet from the river and adjacent to the water be considered part of the greenway.

Council requested a map from Mr. Wouk, and Mr. Wouk will provide.

The subject matter of a naming policy will be listed for the June Workshop Meeting.

2. April 28, 2007 Memo - J. Wouk - River Access.

This matter was held for discussion.

3. April 25 2007 Letter - The Courier Times.

This matter will be held for discussion, and Mrs. Fall will circulate the paper to Council for their review.

NEW BUSINESS

1.  Annual Reports from Advisory Boards - From 4/30/07 Meeting.

Mrs. Fall will submit responses to Council.

2. NJDOT - Local Bikeway Program.

Mrs. Fall informed Council that staff does not recommend.

Council concurred with Mrs. Fall's recommendations.

3. Aboretum Pilot Program Brochure.

The Parks, Playgrounds and Recreation Advisory Board will provide additional information.
COUNCIL-LISTED ITEMS

(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.

This matter will be discussed at the upcoming Retreat.

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

This matter will be discussed at the upcoming Retreat.

3. C. Rudolph - Additional Workshop Meetings.

Council discussed the addition of a Workshop Meeting to each month, and it was agreed to move forward.

4. Incandescent Lamps/Bulbs - C. Gussen.

C. Gussen suggested that the Township adopt an Ordinance which would prevent the Township from purchasing these bulbs.

Council was in favor, and Mrs. Fall will draft a Resolution.

5. Snow Removal from Sidewalks - C. Gussen.

Mrs. Fall will report to Council with respect to clearance and the amount of time.

6. Chapter 36 - Holidays - Mayor Katz & C. Feit.

Mr. Turitz will draft an Ordinance.

7. Alternate Council Meeting Locations- DM Parker & C. Rudolph.

Council discussed, and the consensus of Council was not to move forward.

TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

1. Request for Change in Parking Regulations:
 a. Portion of Irvington Road.

Council authorized Mrs. Fall to proceed with polling.

 b. Portion of Palmer Avenue.

Council authorized Mrs. Fall to proceed with polling.

2. Buildings:
 a. Carriage House.

Council requested that the record reflect that the governing body was reluctant, but ultimately approved same.

 b. PAL Building.

This matter will be held for discussion.  Mrs. Fall with confer with the PBA, as per Council's request.

3. Belle Avenue/Sagamore Avenue.

An Ordinance will be drafted for the June 12, 2007 Meeting.

4. Street Lights - Alma Terrace.

Council authorized Mrs. Fall to proceed with the installation of two lights.

5. Storm Update.

Mrs. Fall informed Council that the Nor'easter cost approximately $75,000 in expenses, and a resolution will be drafted for the June Meeting for emergency repairs.

6. Schedule Balance of Board Applicant Interviews.

Mrs. Fall informed that four additional applicants expressed interest, and interviews will be scheduled for Closed Session at 6:30 p.m. on June 19, 2007.

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY’S REPORT

1. Sunset For Teaneck Redevelopment Agency.

Mrs. Fall will invite members to the December Meeting.

2. Municipal Complex.

Mrs. Fall to schedule a public hearing.

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion made, seconded and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned at   12:08 p.m.