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June 12, 2007 Regular Meeting

Date: June 12, 2007


MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL
HELD IN THE
MUNICIPAL BUILDING COUNCIL CHAMBERS
ON TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2007

Mayor Katz called the Regular Meeting of the Teaneck Township Council to order at 8:13 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, Acting Clerk, 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, 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.

The Mayor announced that Council discussed personnel and litigation in Closed Session.

OATH OF OFFICE TO ACTING MUNICIPAL CLERK

Municipal Manager Helene V. Fall swore in Lissette Aportela-Hernandez as the Acting Municipal Clerk.

Mrs. Fall had kind words to say about Mrs. Aportela-Hernandez.  C. Kates, C. Honis, and Mayor Katz also spoke about her hard work and dedication to her job.

Mrs. Aportela-Hernandez thanked everyone for supporting her.

PRESENTATIONS

Mayor Katz and DM. Parker presented Firefighter Harmon with a Retirement Certificate.  Firefighter Harmon has worked as a firefighter for Teaneck since 1990 and had previously served the Township in the Department of Public Works.

Mayor Katz and C. Honis presented Allie Marshburn with a Certificate in recognition of her recent receipt of  the Mid-Stuyvesant Block Association Good Neighbor Award.

Mayor Katz, C. Gussen and Police Sergeant Ferrante presented Harry Sing and Marilyn Santana, new Teaneck Auxiliary Police Officers, with Certificates of Appreciation for their completion of the Bergen County Police and Fire Academy.

Mayor Katz and C. Kates presented Certificates of Appreciation to the following people for being Cedar Lane Patriotic Banner donors:
 a.  The Fall Family
 b.  Senator Loretta Weinberg
 c.  David Boesch
 d.  James E. McCall
 e.  The Gooney Bird Detachment, Marine Corps League #434
 f.  The Cedar Lane Business Owners and Property Owners
HEARINGS ON ORDINANCES

Ordinance #4008

First reading by title only on May 21, 2007 advertised May 25, 2007 and posted on the bulletin board.

Mayor to declare the hearing on Ordinance #4008 open, asking if anyone wishes to comment on this ordinance.

No one came forward to speak.

C. Feit made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #4008 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 #4008 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

C. Feit made a motion that Ordinance #4008 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 #4009

First reading by title only on May 21, 2007 advertised May 25, 2007 and posted on the bulletin board.

Mayor to declare the hearing on Ordinance #4009 open, asking if anyone wishes to comment on this ordinance.

Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive - Feels that this Ordinance is open ended and limitations are unclear.

Art Vatsky - 950 Garrison Avenue - Is opposed to this Ordinance, feels that certain members should be non-voting members.

Howard Rose - 450 Garrison Avenue/570 Northumberland Road - Feels that this does a lot to strengthen this organization due to the fact that it mandates a full staff.

DM Parker made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #4009 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 #4009 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 33-32 "SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT," OF CHAPTER 33, "DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS," OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK RESPECTING THE CREATION AND DESIGNATION OF THE CEDAR LANE MANAGEMENT GROUP TO FUNCTION AS A DISTRICT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION FOR THE CEDAR LANE SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT.

DM. Parker made a motion that Ordinance #4009 be passed on second and final reading and adopted.  Seconded by Mayor Katz and carried by the following vote:

C. Kates said that she is in support of the Ordinance but has been concerned with certain aspects.  The Ordinance is not completely how she saw it being laid out but feels it is a step in the right direction.

Mayor Katz feels this Ordinance is a step in the right direction for everyone.

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: None.

As it was 9:00 p.m. Good and Welfare commenced at this time.

GOOD AND WELFARE

Howard Berger - 323 Willow St. - Spoke about business areas of Teaneck that he feels are in need of revitalization. 

Mildred Tucker - 45 Shepard Avenue - The Master Plan addresses large bulky multi-family dwellings being built in Teaneck. Ms. Tucker also spoke of rezoning Teaneck Road from Route 4 to Tryon Avenue.

Rochelle Rudnick - 252 Van Buren Avenue - Spoke about the rezoning of the Holuba property.

Art Vatsky - 950 Garrison Avenue - Expressed his appreciation of Mrs. Fall and the work she has done over the years.  Asked about municipal vehicles being permanently stored in the municipal parking lot, what is happening with the old Police Headquarters as well as the new Police Headquarters.

Howard Rose - 575 Northumberland Road - Hopes the facts will influence the Planning Board and the Council.

Laura Zucker - 62 Hillside Avenue - Would like Council to look at the Township as a whole in regards to zoning, rethink about having an Ordinance regarding eminent domain, and asked if Council has taken the parking situation in consideration for the handicapped playground.

Mohammed Mian - 276 Hillside Avenue - Informed Council and residents of the family festival taking place on Sunday, June 17, 2007.  The Muslim Community is holding the event and is inviting everyone to come and enjoy.  Mr. Mian asked about having amusement devices at the event.

Paula Rogovin - 625 Linden Avenue - Spoke about the war in Iraq  and questioned why officers were ticketing motorists who honked their horn for the cause at the recent event at the Teaneck Armory.

Naomi Cramer - 623 Maitland Avenue - Commented on the honking issue and 1515 Teaneck Road development plan.

James Kinloch - Shepard Avenue - Spoke about having more parks for children.

Edward Stack - 1170 Alicia Avenue - Spoke about the lack of response from the Board of Education regarding the arrest of a Teaneck teacher.

Ruby Hannah - 209 Shepard Avenue - Feels that Teaneck Road is not a good place for low income housing.

Jim Gilbert - 712 Hartwell Street - Spoke about the tickets issued to motorists for honking their horns.

Zev Green - 143 Midwood Road - Spoke about having a pedestrian stanchion pedestrian crossing on Teaneck Road at Canterbury Court and 79 Canterbury Court being an unoccupied residence for some time now.

Nanayaa Owusu-Prempeh - 1184 Windsor Road - Thanked Mrs. Fall for the Windsor Road street name sign being posted at Cedar Lane.  Ms. Owusu-Prempeh also spoke on the matters of having a social/ cultural center for teenagers and the CVS exit being difficult because of the parked cars on Cedar Lane.

Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive - Stated the 1515 Teaneck Road is not an appropriate plan, the earth/ mound should not be pushed back up against the PHQ, she is in support of eminent domain and commented on the honking of horns.

C. Kates 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.

Mrs. Fall explained to Mr. Mian that generally amusement devices are not permitted in the parks, but since the event is open to the public free of charge, with Council's permission it can be allowed.  Mrs. Fall said 1515 Teaneck Road is a current Planning Board matter and Council cannot comment at this time.  The old PHQ estimated renovation is $1.4 million in 2006 dollars and Council is currently evaluating the entire site for Municipal purposes.  In regards to the new PHQ, the bids came in on March 20, 2007, the project has not yet been awarded and the current temporary cladding has helped.  Mrs. Fall stated that no one directed the Police Officers to do their job, the State has a law in regards to honking.  Mrs. Fall explained that Council has already discussed parking for the inclusive park and the location selected because of its proximity to parking.  There is a traffic light one block south of Canterbury Court with a walk signal and residents should use the signalized intersection.  As long as 79 Canterbury Court pays their taxes and maintains their property, there is nothing the Township can do as to whether or not it is occupied.

DM. Parker believes the 1515 Teaneck Road project is a private developer, not a federal or county subsidized housing project.  DM. Parker commented that the project is currently a Planning Board matter and that it would be inappropriate to comment on.  Mrs. Fall concurred with DM. Parker and advised that she raised the question at the Planning Board meeting and the developer will address the State mandated COAH requirements for affordable housing.

Council discussed the Holuba property and the issue of classifying what low density is.  Council again asked  the Planning Board to come up with a specific low density number.

Mrs. Fall and Council discussed why there is not stanchions at Canterbury Court.  Mrs. Fall explained the Police Department did not recommend pedestrians using this location to cross Teaneck Road.  Council would like the Police Department to reexamine the Canterbury Court crosswalk.

Ordinance #4010

First reading by title only on May 21, 2007 advertised May 25, 2007 and posted on the bulletin board.

Mayor to declare the hearing on Ordinance #4010 open, asking if anyone wishes to comment on this ordinance.

No one came forward to speak.

C. Kates made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #4010 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 #4010 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 2, APPENDIX III OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE ENTITLED "FEES AND CHARGES FOR CERTAIN TOWNSHIP SERVICES" RELATING TO FEES FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF MARRIAGES AND CIVIL UNIONS BY THE MAYOR OR DEPUTY MAYOR (WHEN AUTHORIZED BY THE MAYOR).
Council discussed the wording of the Ordinance and the impact on performing out of County weddings and the charge.  It was the consensus was to hold Ordinance #4010 until June 26, 2007 Regular Meeting when new wording can be revisited.  This ordinance was carried until June 26, 2007.

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES

C. Rudolph introduced the following Ordinances and setting June 26, 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, except for Ordinance 4015 which will be heard on August 21, 2007 at 8:00 PM in the Municipal Building Council Chambers.  Seconded by Mayor Katz.

ORDINANCE #4011 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

ORDINANCE #4012  - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE RESURFACING OF FYCKE LANE, SECTION 2, FROM TEANECK ROAD TO GLENWOOD AVENUE AS A GENERAL IMPROVEMENT AND APPROPRIATING $140,000 TO BE ENTIRELY FUNDED BY A GRANT UNDER THE NEW JERSEY TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND AUTHORITY ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2007.

ORDINANCE #4013 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE PRIVATE SALE OF LOT 6 IN BLOCK 1001 AS SHOWN ON THE TAX MAP OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK PURSUANT TO N.J.S.A. 40A:12-13 (b) (5).

ORDINANCE #4015 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTIONS 33-24 "ZONE DISTRICT REQUIREMENTS' AND 33-25 "CONDITIONAL USE CRITERIA" IN ARTICLE V, "ZONING ORDINANCE", OF CHAPTER 33 "DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS" 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

PUBLIC INPUT ON RESOLUTIONS ON THIS AGENDA

Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive - Res. 212-07 - Feels it is a conflict of interest and difficult to enforce.
        Res. 218-07 - Questioned if the interest rate was good or bad and the purpose.
        Res. 223-07 - Quested the appraisal of the property.

C. Honis made a motion to close Public Input on Resolutions and Old Business on this agenda. 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.

 

 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. Gussen made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda, except Res. 231-07 and 232-07.  Seconded by C Rudolph.

The Clerk read the title of the following items into the Record:

MINUTES
May 8, 2007 - Closed Session Meeting - Approved for content only.
May 15, 2007 - Closed Session Meeting (C. Feit absent) - Approved for content only.
May 15, 2007 - Workshop Meeting (C. Feit absent).
May 21, 2007 - Closed Session Meeting  - Approved for content only.
May 21, 2007 - Regular Meeting.

Mrs. Fall noted that C. Feit had provided some minor typographical comments on some minutes and the non-material changes have been made.

RESOLUTIONS

210-07. Award Purchase Orders to M.  Ingannamorte & Son for Emergency Sewer Repairs Due to    Mid-April Storm.
211-07. Authorize Purchase Order to Beyer Brothers to Repair Fire Engine #2, 1991 Mack Truck     Pumper.
212-07. Adopt By-Laws of the Cedar Lane Management Group.
213-07. Reject Bids and Authorize Readvertisement - 2006 Community Development Program     Resurfacing Projects.
214-07. Grant Unpaid FMLA Leave - D. Farrell.
215-07. Establish Compact Fluorescent Bulb Usage Policy.
216-07. Amend Fine Amount - Parking During Snow Emergencies.
217-07. Amend Fine Amount - Traffic Offenses.
218-07. Authorize Sale of Refunding Bond Anticipation Notes - Settlement Agreement.
219-07. Authorize Sale of Refunding Bond Anticipation Notes- Cedar Lane Streetscape.
220-07. Award Professional Services Contract - McNerney & Associates - Tax Appeals.
221-07. Grant 30 days of Unpaid Leave of Absence - H. Schmitt.
222-07. Award Contract and Readvertise for Leaf Removal and Snow Plowing Equipment.
223-07. Award Professional Services Contract - Appraisal Systems, Inc. - Tax Appeals.
224-07. Ratify Submission - "Into the Fire" Fund Grant Application.
225-07. Execute Agreement - 2007-2008 Snow Plowing Program - Bergen County.
226-07. Award Contract - Lighted Basketball Court Construction - Argonne Park.
227-07. Authorize Re-Tire, LLC to Dispose Municipal Scrap Tires.
228-07. Award Professional Services Contract - Appraisal Systems, Inc. - Annual Added Assessment   Inspections.
229-07. Authorize Refund - 2006 Property Taxes - Block 2608, Lot 24.01.
230-07. Authorize Refund - Tax Overpayments - Various.
 
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.

Abstain: C. Feit (Minutes - 5/15/07)

C. Kates made a motion to approve Res. 231-07 - Authorize Contract Execution with CALEA for Teaneck Police Department Accreditation and Res. 232-07 - Establish Youth Advisory Board.  Seconded by C. Honis.

C. Kates said we have a great Police Department and she is happy to see both the Resolutions moving forward.

C. Kates suggested that "and things" should be removed from Res. 232-07.  Council concurred.

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. Feit 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 $ 6,879,916.70 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.

OLD BUSINESS

None.

MISCELLANEOUS

1. Affirmative Action Advisory Board Seminar.

Mrs. Fall explained to Council the board generally has one business workshop a year and would like Council's consent for their $150.00 budget and the proposed agenda.  Council agreed to the Affirmative Action Review Board's budget request.

2. Youth Services - Joint Summer Venture with Board of Education.

Mrs. Fall reviewed her memo explained this will be twice a week , Mondays and Fridays in July and August, I the evenings  with the Township funding ½ of the cost of the Board of Education the other ½ of cost for a total of $8,000 and the Township will provide the Police Officer in addition.  The FORUM will provide a Wednesday night program through their own funds.  Council was in unanimous agreement for the pilot program.

DM. Parker spoke about what the joint Board of Education and Council subcommittee has been doing for the last few weeks.

There was discussion about the subcommittee which has been meeting consisting of Mayor Katz, DM Parker, Manager Fall, Board of Education President Pruitt, Vice President Walser and School Supt. Czeterko.  C. Rudolph feels that having rotating Council Members joining these meetings will be most beneficial.  Mayor Katz advised he would discuss this request with the subcommittee as C. Kates had also expressed an interest in attending.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

Mayor Katz advised the Environmental Commission is requesting to be able to be in direct contact with the Township Attorney regarding the Open Space and Recreation Plan.  Council was in agreement with the request.

DM. Parker would like to invite the Advisory Board on Affordable Housing to the June Workshop meeting to hear the presentation regarding the proposed affordable housing project on Queen Anne Road at State Street.  Council was in agreement.

COMMITTEE REPORTS - COUNCIL LIAISONS

Mayor Katz - Metered Parking - Council previously discussed having a group of residents to work on establishing meter parking within the Township.  Mayor Katz feels the Advisory Board on Finance would be a good fit with input from the TEDC.  Council was in agreement.

TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

1. FORUM Agreement.

Mrs. Fall reviewed the annual donor’s agreement for the $50,000 funding which spans the 2007 and 2008 Township budget years.  Council agreed to fund the entire $25,000 for the second half of 2007 and committed to the $25,000 for the first half of 2008.

2.   Update on PHQ Bid.

Mrs. Fall spoke about this subject during Good and Welfare.  The current mound of dirt at PHQ and the one at DPW would be needed to fill in the excavation at the end of the work.  In the interim, the material is being tested so that the Council can make a determination about whether to retain the dirt or give it away as fill since there have been inquiries about the dirt.  In addition the pile at the DPW can not remain there for much longer.

3. Cedar Lane Sidewalks.

Some of the sidewalks on Cedar Lane have deteriorated.  Two tests have been undertaken, one for strength  and a composition test.  The strength test results came back and the material is 3x the strength required by the DOT (the standard used by the project);  the composition results have yet to come.

4. Gang Update.

Mrs. Fall explained Council charged her with the task of obtaining information from County and State agencies regarding gang enforcement task forces.  A meeting between the Township, County agencies, State agencies, and various local officials took place at the Teaneck Police Department this past Wednesday.  Mayor Katz, C. Kates and C. Rudolph were in attendance.  Various resources were discussed, which were primarily of the community information type, as well as the sharing of information if the Township could provide staffing to County or State agencies to assist with their gang unit work. 

Mrs. Fall reported on the Thursday afternoon meeting with the BC Prosecutor, Chief Tiernan, Mayor Katz and C. Rudolph.  There was discussion about the potential benefits to the Township in lending one of our Police Officers to the County and in return we could potentially receive more forfeiture money and that Police Officer would receive specialized training.   There was discussion about the current Table of Organization and whether there could be better utilization of certain positions.

Council discussed at length the hiring of additional Police Officers as requested by the Police Chief, 9 patrol officers and the establishment of a Gang Unit with one sergeant and 4 detectives.  There was no majority to hire the full 14 as requested.  Council determined to request  Chief Tiernan provide Council with an alternative plan.  Mrs. Fall will see if the Chief is available to meet on June 20th.

 


TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY’S REPORT

Mr. Turitz advised Council they need to think about what they would like on the Municipal Green so that staff has direction.  Council determined to discuss at the June 13, 2007 Retreat.

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion made, seconded and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned at 11:56 p.m.

HELENE V. FALL, ACTING MUNICIPAL CLERK