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August 1, 2007 Workshop Meeting

Date: August 1, 2007


Mayor Katz called the Workshop Meeting of the Teaneck Township Council to order at 6:34 p.m., and asked all those present to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.


Present: C. Feit, C. Kates, DM. Parker (6:38 p.m.), C. Honis, C. Gussen (6:36 p.m.),    Mayor Katz.

Absent: C. Rudolph.

Also Present: S. Turitz - Ferrara, Turitz, Harraka & Goldberg, Esqs.; H. V. Fall, Municipal
  Manager; L. Aportela-Hernandez, Acting Clerk; J. Hodges, Senior Clerk.


Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by adoption of Resolution #466-06, setting the 2007 meeting dates and Resolution #276-07 amending the 2007 meeting dates, sending a copy to THE RECORD, THE SUBURBANITE, THE BERGEN NEWS/SUN BULLETIN, THE CONNECTION, THE JEWISH STANDARD, SU GUIA, THE COUNTY SEAT and THE COURIER TIMES, 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.


Mildred Tucker - 72 Shepard Avenue - Would like a change in the Master Plan language and a change of zoning on North East Teaneck Road between Rt. 4 and Tryon Avenue.

Asher Topovrosky - 179 Cedar Lane - Spoke about Council passing a non-binding Resolution for an affordable housing development.

Maurice Davis - 98 Franklin Road - Spoke about the need for "slow down" signs to be posted on Franklin Road.  Also stated that an old phone number is still posted on the canopy of the Dason store.

Karen Langford - 129 Circle Driveway - Spoke about zoning for North Teaneck Road.

Ron Beret - 184 Shepard Avenue - Spoke about zoning and the Master Plan.

Rochelle Rudnick - 352 - Van Buren Avenue - Spoke about the Glenpointe rezoning and 1475 Palisades Avenue.

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Rudolph.

Mrs. Fall said she will forward the traffic concern to the Police Department and the Dason Lighting concern to the Building Department.



Resolution 302-07 - Adoption of the 2007 Municipal Budget.

Mayor Katz informed the public that the Township applied for and was denied extraordinary aid.

DM. Parker made a motion to Adopt the 2007 Municipal Budget.  Seconded by  Mayor Katz and carried by the following vote:

C. Kates is disappointed that we did not receive the extraordinary aid and about the basis upon which awards were made.

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

Opposed: C. Feit, C. Gussen.

Absent: C. Rudolph.


1. Solar Power Use Study.

Mrs. Fall explained the Bergen County Improvement Authority has reviewed the Township owned buildings for possible solar panels.

Peter Perillo with Metro Energy Solutions broke down exactly what the BCIA was studying for the Township.  He explained they looked at 10 facilities and found the Richard Rodda Community Center and Fire Station #3 are prime candidates for the PV System.  Panels would be mounted to the roof or the ground.  Mr. Perillo explained the costs, savings, and life expectancy of the panels.

Robin Acampora with Capital Financial Advisors went into detail about the savings and the financing.  The savings will specifically be in years 16 to 25 and there is a 25 year product guarantee with the company.  Ms. Acampora explained the process to follow with the BCIA for the project’s next step.

Council asked Mrs. Fall to review the financing related items and the next steps and to further report to Council.


1. Customer Service Policy.

Council discussed the drafted customer service policy.

C. Feit feels it should be more specific.

DM. Parker asked if it would be displayed in every office and how it would be implemented.

Mrs. Fall explained that it will be hung in every office and training would begin with Department Heads.

C. Gussen feels there is a standard of expectations and the public would know this by having this hung in every office.

Mayor Katz feels this has potential for future litigation.

Mrs. Fall will provide a revised policy with greater detail.



1. Development Regulations Revisions.
 A. Cedar Lane.
 B. Queen Anne Road/ Degraw Avenue.

Council discussed specific parts of the Ordinance, getting clarification from S. Turitz and Mrs. Fall, including wording on gas stations, banks, and retail/ residences.

Council asked that the draft ordinances be forwarded to the Planning Board and Construction Official for review and comment.

2. Palisade Avenue - Remove No Parking Restriction - Portion by W. Englewood Avenue.

This Ordinance will be listed for introduction at the August 21, 2007 Regular Meeting.

3. Palisade Avenue - Remove No Parking Restriction - Portion by Colonial Court.

This Ordinance will be listed for introduction at the August 21, 2007 Regular Meeting.

4. St. Marks’s Place - Remove No Parking Restriction - Portion.

This Ordinance will be listed for introduction at the August 21, 2007 Regular Meeting.

5. Appointments by Council.

Mr. Turitz explained this Ordinance's wording was changed to specify which appointments a lame duck Council could and could not make.  Council will proceed with the introduction of this Ordinance at the August 21, 2007 Regular Meeting..

Council discussed having specific applications for each board.  DM Parker asked that it be listed on the September WS agenda.


1. Subcommittee Report - Dog Parks.

Council reviewed the proposed cost estimates and the potential for possible wetlands at the Windsor Park location, near the Bergenfield border.   Council expressed concern about the costs involved.  Council was agreeable to Mrs. Fall’s suggested that she, Mayor Katz, C. Gussen and Township Engineer McKearnin meet on site to look at whether any parts of the location would be usable without a wetlands area impact.

2. Nominations - TMAASA - Reappointment of Members.

Mrs. Fall explained TMAASAs membership will expire in September.

Council determined to reappoint all members and will need a Board of Education member.

3. Schedule Meeting Dates:
 A. Interviews for YAB, TEDC, CLMG And Others.

  Staff will set up interviews for August 27 and August 28.

 B. Public Meeting on Meters in Business Districts.
 C. Public Meeting on Commuter Parking.
  Council determined to combine these two meetings.  Dates will be distributed via    Council packet.
 D. Parking Structure Consultants.
 E. Board Chairperson.
 F. Clergy Council.
 G. Lobbyists and Grant Writing Firms (6 Firms)

  Dates will be distributed via Council packet.


1. TCT Proposal For 2007-2008 - Request for Funding.

Council will discuss funding requests prior to each event is scheduled to occur.  Mrs. Fall will so notify TCT.

2. Commuter Parking Questionnaire.

Council reviewed the proposed questionnaire.  Mrs. Fall explained that she would suggest it be done in the  Fall.  Questionnaires will be placed on cars, online, and will ask permission of merchants to have in stores.  Council concurred.

3. Fall 2007 Teen Programs.

Council reviewed Recreation Superintendent Crockett’s  memo advising that other programs, anticipated to take place in Fall 2007 would be effected in order to fund a Fall 2007 Teen Program.   Mrs. Fall advised we currently have submitted two requests for grant funding and will wait a couple weeks for responses before exploring other options.  In addition, at the Council/BOE subcommittee the request to partner was also made and we await a response.

4. Facility Naming Policy.

Council decided to not move forward with establishing a policy for facility naming.

5. HNH Message Center.

Mayor Katz, C. Kates and Mrs. Fall met with HNH VP Ellis.  Ms. Ellis will come back with a revised proposal including proposed guidelines.  Will be placed on September Workshop.


1. June 27, 2007 Letter - St. Anastasia’s Church - 100th Anniversary Banner Request.

Mayor Katz thinks this is a great idea.  He questioned the banners on Teaneck Road and asked if the "Teaneck" could be bigger. 

Council agreed to allow the banners, pending approval from PSE&G, but does not feel "Teaneck" needs to be bigger.  Mrs. Fall will advise the Church.

2. July 3, 2007 Letter - DACKKs Group - Request for Endorsement of Community    Development Project Application - Karen Amy, President of DACKKs Group.

Karen Amy, President of the DACKKs Group, came forward to present the endorsement request to Council.  She explained that the DACKKs Group sets up affordable housing for people to overcome homelessness and disabilities.  They are looking for a 100% match, scattered sites throughout the County of two family houses or single unit condos.  Ms. Amy explained the house is not a group home.  DAACKs Groups pays the full amount of property taxes, and they provide the individual with output services.

Council is in support and will consider a Resolution the August 21, 2007 Regular meeting.

3. July 17, 2007 Suburbanite Letter  - Bimonthly Newsletter.

Mrs. Fall is concerned with how much the Suburbanite is read and receiving something for free from a newspaper. 

C. Kates feels that this could be a good thing.

C. Gussen asked if there could be no ads in this section.  Council concurred.

Council asked Mrs. Fall to seek further informatoin from the Suburbanite and to address the issue of no ads.

4. July 9, 2007 letter - Town of Clarkstown - Creation and Administration of an Interstate   Hackensack River Watershed Authority.

Council would like to write letter to show support of the concept but is not committing to any funding support.   Mrs. Fall will write a letter.

5. July 23, 2007 letter - Law Offices of Asher Toporovsky - 1475 Palisades Avenue.

C. Gussen is concerned with the impact on the school district.

Council asked Mr. Toporovsky a variety of questions concerning the urgency, number of bedrooms, deadline, density, public interviews, zoning, etc.  Council asked Mr. Toporovsky to send Mr. Turitz information for his review with respect to the time line and the need for a resolution at the next Council meeting.


1. Zoning of North Teaneck Road.

S. Turitz described the current zones descriptions for B-R, B-1 and B-2.

Council discussed what parameters they feel need to be discussed and looked at.  Council discussed use of a subcommittee to get public input.  Council discussed the makeup of a subcommittee to include the Planner, members of the TEDC, members of the North Teaneck Road Business Alliance and members of Council.

After further discussion Council determined to hold the meeting itself, as a special Council meeting on August 20, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. and will look into having it in the Library's auditorium or Bryant School.


(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. Similarly Named Streets - Washington Place/Washington Street - C. Rudolph.

Council determined to take no action at this time.

2. Solid Waste Collection Subcommittee - Mayor Katz.

C. Rudolph, Mayor Katz and Ms. Fall will make up this subcommittee.  They will look at different alternatives, continuing with the retreat discussion.


1. TEDC Request for Release of Funds.

Council authorized the release of the funds as requested and a voucher will be prepared for the August 21, 2007 Bill List.

2. Community Development Grant - 2008 Funding - Proposed Road Projects.

Council reviewed the proposed projects and authorized submission of the application.  Resolution to be prepared for the August 21st meeting.

3. PHQ Spoil.

Mrs. Fall reported there is no problem with the soil with respect to the testing.  Mrs. Fall explained it was tested in preparation for possibly removing it to the Overpeck Park project.  She discussed with Council whether it wished to have the soil currently stockpiled at the BOE parking lot and at the DPW removed including potential transportation costs estimated at $70,000 as well as potential costs to replace the soil of $400,000.  No determination was made.

Council asked Mr. Turitz to  research advertising for the sale of the soil.

4.  Financial Advisory Services.

Mrs. Fall reviewed with Council a proposal received to provide financial forecasting.  Mrs. Fall asked Council if they would be interested in this type of project and if so, she would obtain additional proposals.  Council expressed its interest.

5. September Workshop Meeting.

Council agreed to starting the September Workshop Meeting at 6:30 p.m. and will discuss changing the time of Workshop Meetings on a month to month basis.

6. Seating for Workshop Meetings.

Council determined to remain on the dais during all portions of the meeting.


1. Kelly Condo Law - Township Provided Solid Waste Collection.

Mr. Turitz advised that if  Council chooses to provide solid waste collection they will have to provide the collection for condos, apartments, co-ops, and multi - family dwellings as well.

2. Pay-to-Play.

Mr. Turitz reviewed the time line for the review of the initiative petitions for the pay to play ordinance and a written report has been given to the Manager and the Clerk for circulation to the Township Council.  Action must be taken at the August 21st and September 4th meetings.


On a motion made, seconded and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned at 10:13 p.m.