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June 19, 2007 Workshop Meeting

Date: June 19, 2007

MINUTES OF A WORKSHOP MEETING OF THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL
 HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON
  TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2007

Mayor Katz called the Workshop Meeting of the Teaneck Township Council to order at
7:38 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. Gussen, Mayor Katz.

Absent: C. Honis.

Also Present: S. Turitz - Ferrara, Turitz, Harraka & Goldberg, Esqs.; H. V. Fall, Municipal
  Manager; L. Aportela-Hernandez, Acting Clerk; J. Evelina, Senior 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 thanked Francisco Martinez of the Department of Public Works; held a moment of silence for Arielle Small; and expressed concern for Tasha Morton's daughter on behalf of the Township Council and residents.

GOOD AND WELFARE

Dara Picard - 342 Van Buren Avenue - commented with respect to 520 Palisade Avenue, encouraged public involvement in context of low density.

Joe Richardson - 83 Jasper Avenue - commented with respect to 1475 Palisade Avenue; and proposed and submitted questions to Mrs. Fall for circulation to Council, on behalf of the Affordable Housing Advisory Board as prepared by Mr. Wurm.

Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive - commented with respect to 1475 Palisade Avenue; and questioned if there is a need for affordable housing in the Township.

C. Feit made a motion to Close the Good and Welfare Portion of the Meeting to the Public.  Seconded by C. Kates and carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Honis.

C. Rudolph was in favor of beginning the affordable housing process at 1475 Palisade Avenue.

C. Kates discussed the need for affordable housing.

MEETINGS

1. Holy Name Hospital - J. Ellis, VP - Message Boards.

Jane Ellis, representative of Holy Name Hospital, Greg Wilson of Daktronics and Michael Cappelli of Lafayette Sign Company appeared. 

Ms. Ellis advised that Holy Name Hospital is requesting permission to install an electronic message center on their property at the corner of Teaneck Road and Cedar Lane.  The Hospital also wishes to donate one to the Township, including a suitable enclosure.

The purpose of this meeting is to show an example of the electronic message board to Council, and specifications will be determined at a later time, such as location for installation and design.

Mrs. Fall advised that the existing Ordinance does not address electronic message boards and as a result, the Ordinance must be amended.

Council went outside to review the sample message board at 8:15 p.m., and this matter will be relisted for discussion at the July Workshop Meeting.

2. BCIA - E. Hynes, Executive Director - Discussion of Expenditure of Additional $ - 
 Overpeck County Park.

This matter to be rescheduled at BCIA’s request.

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

Mr. Toporovsky, counsel for the project sponsor, advised that changes have been made to the proposed development, i.e.. low income housing for seniors and housing tax credits; under regulations, the Township can give regional preference; a developer may choose to work with the Township to provide vacancies and; as per Mr. Toporovsky's June 19, 2007 correspondence, the development is for senior housing only.

Mr. Turitz advised if Council wanted to consider the project Council needs to conduct a vote with respect to the Certificate of Need at a public hearing; advised that the Pilot Agreement must be entered into between all parties, which must meet COAH requirements.  Mr. Turitz advised that such a resolution in no way binds the Township or any of its boards, etc. to this project.

DM. Parker expressed opposition to the criteria, specifically, home visit screening process. 

The consensus of Council was in favor to delete the language pertaining to the home visit screening process.

Mr. Turitz will prepare the Certificate of Need and resolution for the June 26, 2007 Regular Meeting. 

RETREAT

1. Staffing.

This matter was listed in follow-up to the June 13, 2007 Retreat where discussion evolved with respect to Chief Tiernan's proposal.

C. Kates recapped the meetings with the State, County and Federal officials regarding this matter.

Police Chief Paul M. Tiernan was present.

Council discussed the cost for an additional 14 officers, and the majority of Council was in favor of creating a Gang Task Force, consisting of 5 officers.

Mrs. Fall advised that a budget amendment would be required for June 26th as well as an amendment to the ordinance to provide for the  additional police officers.  She review the proposed changes including deleting one of two Deputy Chief positions to reflect the current table of organization of one.  Mr. Turitz will prepare the ordinance. 

Mayor Katz recessed the meeting from 9:04 a.m. to 9:14 a.m.


DISCUSSION OF ORDINANCES

1. Marriage Fee.
 A. Fee for O/S Bergen County.

Mr. Turitz provided amended language regarding availability and location.   An Ordinance will be listed for introduction at the June 26, 2007 meeting.

 B. Payment to Mayor and/or Deputy Mayor.

Mayor Katz and Deputy Mayor Parker recused themselves from the discussion.

Council discussed compensation for the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

A separate ordinance will be drafted reflecting that fifteen dollars of the fee will be retained by the Township with the balance to be paid to the person performing the marriage or civil union.  This would be considered extra compensation and not salary therefore, not pensionable.

2. Rent Ordinance Review.

The consensus of Council was in favor to renew the Ordinance as is for 2007-2008.

3. Regulation of Commercial Delivery Boxes.

This matter will be rescheduled for the July Workshop Meeting since Mr. Turitz had just provided the draft ordinance.

4. Polling Results:
 A. Irvington Road.

Mrs. Fall reported that 20 residents were contacted, and seven responded.  Five residents were opposed, and two were in favor.  An Ordinance will be drafted for the June 26, 2007 Meeting since no response is considered an affirmative response.

 B. Palmer Avenue.

Mrs. Fall reported that four residents were opposed, two residents were in favor and two residents did not respond.  As a result of a split, this matter will not move forward.  Mrs. Fall will notify the residents.

5. Request for On-Street HC Space -  River Road.

Council concurred with the Police Department's recommendations, and an ordinance will be drafted for introduction for the June 26, 2007 Meeting to create the on-street designated space.

6. Ordinance No. 4002.

Mr. Turitz advised that certain sections need to be removed from the Ordinance pertaining to appointments of advisory boards and Council-Elect.   Mr. Turitz will provide a draft Ordinance.

7. Muni-meters - State Street Parking Lots.

Mrs. Fall to research solar-powered muni-meters that accept credit cards and report to Council.  Council was in agreement with Mrs. Fall’s proposed regulations.  A resolution will be prepared.

8. Public Contracting Reform.

Council discussed Mr. Turitz's correspondence, dated June 5, 2007, specifically, 1.  whether or not to incorporate the fair and open process in the ordinance; 2.  whether or not to include 37th Legislative District representatives; and 3. what the amount should be.

There was no consensus of Council, and the Subcommittee will review.

9. Parking Restrictions - Queen Anne Road .

Council authorized Mrs. Fall to move forward as proposed and to include DeGraw Avenue as well so that there will be the same on-street parking restrictions as currently exist in the CLSID.

An Ordinance will be introduced  at the June 26, 2007.

MISCELLANEOUS

1. Nominations.

Mayor Katz nominated Mr. Oddie to the Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission to fill the unexpired term of Fred Guggenheim.  The majority of Council was not in favor of same. 

DM. Parker nominated Naomi Gewritz to the Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission to fill the unexpired term of Fred Guggenheim.  The majority of Council was in favor.

C. Rudolph nominated Mr. Levine to the Civilian Complaint Review Board.  The majority of Council was in favor.

C. Kates and DM Parker nominated Barbara Ley Toffler to the Planning Board, and the majority of Council was not in favor.

Mayor Katz nominated Eric Brauer as a full member, Lenny Hennig as Alternate #2 and Mohammed Hameeduddin as Alternate #1.  The majority of Council was not in favor of Lenny Hennig for Alternate #2.   The majority of Council was in favor of Eric Brauer as a fully member and Mohammed Hameeduddin as Alternate #1.  Mayor Katz then nominated Steven J. Kaye as Alternate #2, and the majority of Council was in favor. 

C. Gussen expressed an interest in serving on the Planning Board, and the majority of Council was in favor.

C. Rudolph requested that Mrs. Fall continue to serve on the Planning Board, and majority of Council was in favor.  The Mayor noted that this is his appointment, and also expressed his support.

OLD BUSINESS

1. Youth Task Force Report - Use of FORUM Services for Training.

Mrs. Fall referred to DM. Parker's email, dated May 23, 2007.  DM Parker explained that the FORUM can provide training to the newly formed Youth Advisory Board but that a request had to be submitted to secure the funding.  Council was in favor and authorized Mrs. Fall to submit a funding request.

2. List of Items to Donate.

Council asked Mrs. Fall to send an itemized list to the Clergy Council.

3. Additional Workshop Meeting Dates.

This matter will be rescheduled for discussion at the July Workshop Meeting, which will commence at 6:30 p.m.

4. Opportunities Analysis Report - Circulated May 7, 2007.

This matter will be rescheduled for discussion at the July Workshop Meeting.

5. Report of Realtor Subcommittee - May 17, 2007 Meeting.

This matter will be rescheduled for discussion at an upcoming meeting as part of the Sign Subcommittee report.

6. Naming of Parks, etc. Policy.

This matter will be rescheduled for discussion at an upcoming meeting.

7. Removal of Snow From Sidewalks.

Council discussed this matter, and the consensus of Council was not to move forward with any changes including the hiring of outside contractors as once the Township is involved it assume the liability for the cleaning of the sidewalks.

8. POAB - Possible Expansion of Membership.

Council authorized Mrs. Fall to move forward with expansion to include at large members.   A resolution will be listed for the June 26th Council meeting.

9. DPW Salt Shed.

Charles McKearnin, Township Engineer was present.  Mrs. Fall informed pursuant to State Stormwater Laws, no salt can be stored outside, and there is a need for a facility to house the salt; the cost to build for a proper foundation for the temporary structure is $150,000 more than anticipated based upon the soil testing; the permanent structure has a larger capacity; shared services are limited; and bids are ready to go out for a temporary structure.  Mrs. Fall recommended that an alternate be included for a permanent structure as well since the foundation would be able to handle either type. 

Council authorized Mrs. Fall to move forward with the bids for the temporary and permanent restructures.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. April 25, 2007 Letter - The Courier Times Samples - Circulated May 23, 2007.

A Resolution will be prepared designating The Courier Times as an official newspaper to the Township.  This will only mean that it will get notices and press releases.

2. May 30, 2007 Letter - The Puffin Foundation, Ltd.

Mrs. Fall and Council discussed this request to use the Phelps Park Parking Lot in the evening after dark.  Council did not authorize because of safety issues.

3. April 19, 2007 Email - Affordable Housing Advisory Board.

This matter will be rescheduled for the July Workshop Meeting.

4. Environmental Commission Annual Report - 2006.

Council authorized the Environmental Commission's request to submit the report to ANJEC.

5. May 16, 2007 Email - PPRAB - Carriage House.

Mrs. Fall informed Council that the Task Force did not meet yet as staff was waiting for the architect’s assessment of the building; the damage report is pending; there are no deed restrictions; and the Parks, Playgrounds and Recreation Advisory Board wants the Task Force to discuss what to do with the space even if the building is removed.  Council agreed to have the Task Force undertake this discussion.

6. June 1, 2007 Letter  - SCAB - Friends of the Senior Center.

Mr. Turitz advised Council that the Advisory Board cannot create a Friends Group, or a 501c3 corporation.  Individual people can, it they so wish.

 

NEW BUSINESS

1. Council Liaisons - Various Boards - 2007 - 2008.

DM. Parker will serve on the Advisory Board on Affirmative Action and the Social Services Advisory Board; Mayor Katz will serve on the Advisory Board on Affordable Housing, the Clean and Green Advisory Board, the Community Response Team and the Financial Advisory Board; C. Feit will serve on the Advisory Board on Community Relations and the Community Response Team; C. Rudolph will serve on the Economic Development Corporation and the Shade Tree Advisory Board; C. Honis will serve on the F.O.R.U.M., the Hackensack River Greenway Advisory Board and the Teaneck Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse Committee; C. Kates will serve on the Preserve Teaneck Greenbelt Committee, the Patriotic Observance Advisory Board, the Senior Citizens Advisory Board and the Library Board; and C. Gussen will serve on the Parks, Playgrounds and Recreation Advisory Board and the Planning Board.  

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. Transfer Development Rights Program - C. Gussen.

There was no consensus of Council to re-discuss this matter.

2. Website/Domain Name/Sponsorship - C. Rudolph.

This matter was previously discussed at the June Retreat.

3. Sidewalk Installation - WS of Queen Anne Road - C. Gussen.

This matter will be listed for consideration as a 2008 budget item.  Mrs. Fall will obtain a cost estimate to have the work performed as a local assessment.

4. Inmate Work Program - Mayor Katz.

Mrs. Fall informed Council that interoffice communication was sent to department heads. This program has been used in the past and will continue to be used by the Township as appropriate.

TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

1. PAL Building.

Mrs. Fall informed Council that the creation of a PAL Program is under consideration by the PBA Union.  The consensus of Council was to hold demolition until such time as the police union responds.

2. Inclusive Playground.

Council authorized Mrs. Fall to proceed with bid based upon the finalized costs as presented, of just over $580,000 with $180,000 coming from a Bergen County grant.  $400,000 will come from the Township’s Open Space and Recreation Trust Fund.

3. Proposed Revised 2008 Recycling Insert - December Newsletter.

Council authorized Mrs. Fall to proceed  with an insert to the December Newsletter as presented, with no separate Calendar.

4. Budget Presentation, Etc.

This matter will be rescheduled for discussion at the July Workshop Meeting.

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY’S REPORT

1. Municipal Complex - Deed Restriction.

This matter was previously discussed by Council at their Retreat.

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion made, seconded and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned at   11:59 p.m.

LISSETTE APORTELA-HERNANDEZ, MPA
ACTING MUNICIPAL CLERK R# 208-07