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June 25, 2013 - Minutes - Open Session Meeting

Date: June 25, 2013

MINUTES OF THE OPEN SESSION MEETING OF

THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL

HELD IN THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING CHAMBERS ON

TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Mayor Hameeduddin called the Open Session Meeting of the Teaneck Township Council to order at 8:10 p.m. and asked all present to please rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

ROLL CALL

Present:           C. Parker, C. Stern, D.M. Gussen, C. Pruitt, C. Katz (arrived at 8:14 p.m.),

                        C. Schwartz (arrived at 8:17 p.m.), Mayor Hameeduddin.

Absent:            None.

Also Present:   W. Broughton, Township Manager; J.L. Evelina, RMC, Township Clerk;                                        I. Abbasi, Executive Assistant; J. Jackson, Senior Clerk; S. Turitz, Esq. -

                        Ferrara, Turitz, Harraka & Goldberg, P.C.

 

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENT

Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by Resolution No. 283-12, setting the 2013 meeting dates and Sunshine Notice, dated June 20, 2013, amending the 2013 meeting dates, sending a copy to THE RECORD and THE JEWISH STANDARD, 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 Hameeduddin informed that there was no Closed Session Meeting this evening.  He congratulated Teaneck High School’s Class of 2013.

 

PRESENTATIONS

1.         2013 Matthew Feldman Award – Teaneck Community Chorus.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin announced the Advisory Board on Community Relations and spoke briefly about the Matthew Feldman Award.  He acknowledged Senator Weinberg.  Patricia White, Advisory Board on Community Relations Chairwoman announced the Teaneck Community Chorus, and the Board spoke about the recipients.  The Chair thanked the Township Clerk’s Office and the Manager’s Office for their support and assistance.  Senator Weinberg presented a Proclamation to the recipients on behalf of District 37 Legislators.  The Board presented the 2013 Matthew Feldman Award to the Chorus, and the Council congratulated the Chorus.

 

The Council recessed for refreshments from 8:24 p.m. – 8:29 p.m.

 

2.         The Advisory Board on Community Relations also presented Councilman Elie Y. Katz on behalf of the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corp. with a donation in memory of Mr. LaSanta and Martin Greenwald.  Councilman Katz thanked the Board and Mrs. LaSanta on behalf of Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corp.

 

PUBLIC HEARING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES

The Township Clerk to read the titles of the following Ordinances into the record:

 

ORDINANCE NO. 21-2013 - AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $181,119.00 AS A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FOR THE RESURFACING OF AYERS COURT AND LOZIER PLACE.  THIS PROJECT TO BE FINANCED ENTIRELY FROM COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS.

 

ORDINANCE NO. 22-2013 - BOND ORDINANCE TO APPROPRIATE AN ADDITIONAL SUM OF $300,000 FOR THE ACQUISITION OF EMERGENCY GENERATORS IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO MAKE A DOWN PAYMENT, TO AUTHORIZE THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS TO FINANCE SUCH ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES IN ANTICIPATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF SUCH BONDS.

 

The Mayor inquired whether any member of the Council had any comments respecting these ordinances prior to opening the public hearing.

 

No member of Council commented.

 

The Mayor declared that the public hearings on the above ordinances were now open.  Any members of the public wishing to be heard on any of said ordinances or to ask questions concerning said ordinances may come forward and state their names for the record.  Comments or questions shall be limited to five minutes per person.  

 

Dr. Alex Rashin – raised his issues with monetary figures; and requested that the Ordinance pertaining to generators be tabled.

 

Dr. Charles Powers – questioned the elements of the Ordinance pertaining generators.

 

Naomi Cramer – raised her issues with the type of gas being utilized in connection with generators.

 

There being no further persons wishing to speak concerning said ordinances, the Mayor declared that the public hearing on these ordinances were now closed.

 

The Mayor inquired whether any member of the Council had any comments respecting these ordinances.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin requested that Mr. Turitz confirm that there are no issues with the preparation of these Ordinances, and Mr. Turitz offered confirmation.  Mayor Hameeduddin requested that Manager Broughton confirm that the selection of fuel was as a result of same powering more than one facility.  Manager Broughton confirmed same and provided a history with respect to the selection of diesel.

 

Council and the Manager briefly discussed generators.

 

C. Katz moved to pass Ordinances No. 21-2013 and Ordinance No. 22-2013 on second and final reading and adopt.  The Township Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to advertise same according to law.  Seconded by C. Schwartz.

 

There being no further comments, the Mayor called on the Township Clerk for a roll-call vote.

 

ROLL CALL

In Favor:         C. Parker, C. Stern, D.M. Gussen, C. Pruitt, C. Katz, C. Schwartz, Mayor Hameeduddin.

Opposed:         None.

Absent:            None.

 

The Mayor declared that said Ordinances were duly adopted.

 

MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR GOOD AND WELFARE AND

 PUBLIC INPUT ON ANY MATTERS ON THIS AGENDA

 

The Mayor inquired whether any member of the Council had any comments prior to opening the meeting to any comments from the public.

 

No member of Council commented.

 

The Mayor declared that any members of the public wishing to be heard at this time shall come forward and state their names for the record.  Comments shall be limited to five minutes per person.

 

Dr. Barbara Toffler – raised her issues with an engineering firm, previously hired by the Township; and presented questions to Council with respect to same.

 

Howard Rose – raised his issues with respect to Cedar Lane, specifically, (1) illegal u-turns; and (2) jaywalking.

 

Dr. Alex Rashin – raised his issues with the authorization of generators, the dates and times of recent meetings scheduled by C. Parker and C. Pruitt, attendance at Memorial Day and costs associated with Soccer Fields Turf  Project.

 

Leslie McKeon – raised her issues with dialogue, the time associated with her application for a permit and the costs associated with the Soccer Fields Turf Project and the press box.

 

Dr. Charles Powers – referred to Dr. Toffler’s comments and referenced the Township’s Pay-to-Play Ordinance as “one of the best in the State”; and raised his issues with drainage and generators.

 

Naomi Cramer – raised her issues with procedure and the Soccer Fields Turf Project.

 

There being no further persons wishing to speak at this time, the Mayor declared that the public comment portion of the meeting was now closed.

 

The Mayor inquired whether any member of the Council or the Manager wished to respond to the public comments or whether a member of the Council wished to remove any item from the Consent Agenda and have a separate discussion thereon.

 

C. Pruitt responded to Dr. Rashin and advised that additional meetings will be scheduled; questioned what specifications would be used in connection with the Soccer Fields Turf Project insofar as drainage; and questioned if undercover police officers have been placed on Cedar Lane to ticket for jaywalking.

 

Manager Broughton responded that the architect on the project advised that the drainage does not have to be completed first, and the field has been lifted.  He advised of possible wetlands on the property across the street, owned by CSX.  With respect to Cedar Lane, Manager Broughton advised of state mandates.

 

C. Katz requested that Council be able to consult with Gianforcaro; clarified that the Pay-to-Play Ordinance would be revisited to strengthen, not weaken.  In response to Ms. McKeon, he advised that the Council is taking measures to ensure satisfaction.  He commended C. Parker and C. Pruitt with respect to their scheduled community meetings.

 

C. Schwartz commended C. Parker and C. Pruitt with respect to their community meetings.  In response to Mr. Rose, he confirmed that his concerns have been noted.  With respect to Ms. McKeon, he spoke about being the product of your environment and advised that the renovation of the Old Police Headquarters will take employees out of the existing basement, advising that although there is a cost associated with the renovation, there are also many benefits.  Regarding bathrooms in parks, he informed that the Manager is currently working on a report.  He also spoke about the positive feedback that he has received regarding the Fields Turf Project.  He expressed support for the strengthening of the Pay-to-Play Ordinance. 

 

C. Parker questioned when the bathroom report would be available, and Manager Broughton responded that he is currently working with the Department of Public Works and the Environmental Advisory Board Respecting Votee Park.

 

C. Parker requested that moving forward, a summary of each introduced Ordinance be provided prior to the introduction of each Ordinance, proposed by the Manager.  In response, Manager Broughton assured that he will have same prepared, moving forward.

 

C. Parker questioned the location of DEA Narti, and in response, Clerk Evelina advised that DEA Narti is doing business as BV Tuscany Restaurant, located at 368 Cedar Lane.

 

 

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.

 

RAFFLES

All subject to approval and conditions applicable with the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission and pursuant to State Statute.

 

RA No. 1359 – Loyal Order of Moose No. 961 – Instant Raffle Game - $750.00.

 

MINUTES

June 11, 2013 – Closed Session Meeting – Approved for Content Only.

June 11, 2013 – Open Session Meeting.

 

RESOLUTIONS

A/133-2013                 Amend 2013 Council Meeting Schedule – Cancel 8/13/13 & Add 8/20/13.

B/134-2013                 Ratify Payments – CFO – May, 2013.

C/135-2013                 Refund 2011 & 2012 Tax Overpayments – Tax Collector – Various.

D/136-2013                 Refund 2011 & 2012 Taxes Pursuant to State Tax Court Decision – Tax                                         Collector – Various.

E/137-2013                 Appropriate Capital Improvement Funds – Glenwood Avenue Pump                                              Station Upgrade.

F/138-2013                  Award Professional Services Contract – Crew Engineers, Inc. – Glenwood                                    Avenue Pump             Station Upgrade.

G/139-2013                 Award Extraordinary Unspecifiable Services Contract – Dedicated Project                                    Services, LLC – Clerk of the Works.

H/140-2013                 Authorize Issuance of Purchase Order – U.S. Municipal Supply, Inc. –                                           Street Sweeping Vehicle.

I/141-2013                  Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-31-037-001 –                                          Teaneck Bogota Columbian Club – 2013/2014.

J/142-2013                  Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-31-032-001 –                              American Legion Post 128 of Teaneck – 2013/2014.

K/143-2013                 Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-31-040-001 -                                           Loyal Order of Moose Teaneck Lodge No. 961 – 2013/2014.

L/144-2013                 Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-33-004-007 –                                          Regina’s – 2013/2014.

M/145-2013                Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-33-005-012 –                                          Mexicali Blues Café – 2013/2014.

N/146-2013                 Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-33-020-007 –                                          Hiro of Teaneck, LLC – 2013/2014.

O/147-2013                 Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-33-023-008 –                                          East Japanese Restaurant – 2013/2014.

P/148-2013                  Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-33-007-                                                   005 – Vitales Restaurant – 2013/2014.

Q/149-2013                 Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-33-031-003 –                                          The Cottage Bar – 2013/2014.

R/150-2013                 Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-33-011-004 –                                          Amarone Ristorante – 2013/2014.

S/151-2013                  Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-33-014-012 –                                          The Pasta Factory, LLC – 2013/2014.

U/152-2013                 Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-36-041-002 –                                          Marriot – 2013/2014.

V/153-2013                 Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-44-006-005 –                                          Best of Wines & Liquors, LLC – 2013/2014.

W/154-2013                Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-44-021-004 –                                          Enterprise Liquors – 2013/2014.

X/155-2013                 Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-44-019-008 –                              Fill-Er Up Kosher Wines, Inc. – 2013/2014.

Y/156-2013                 Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-44-024-003 –                              River Edge W&L, Inc. – 2013/2014.

Z/157-2013                 Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-44-016-004 –                                          Ma’adan – 2013/2014.

AA/158-2013              Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-44-025-007 –                                          Teaneck Liquor – 2013/2014.

BB/159-2013              Approve Shared Services Agreement with Board of Education – Shared                                        Services – 2013/2014.

 

BILL LIST

The Township Clerk to read the amount of the Bill List into the record ($4,238,556.03).

 

D.M. Gussen moved to approve the Consent Agenda, including Raffles, Minutes, Resolutions and the Bill List and to dispense with the reading of same inasmuch as it has been posted on the bulletin board all day, except Resolutions T, BB and DD.  Seconded by C. Pruitt.

 

The Mayor called on the Township Clerk for a roll-call vote.

 

ROLL CALL

In Favor:         C. Parker, C. Stern, D.M. Gussen, C. Pruitt, C. Katz, C. Schwartz, Mayor Hameeduddin.

Opposed:         None.

Absent:            None.

Abstained:       C. Parker – Bill List.

                        C. Katz – Raffles, Resolutions, C/135-2013, D/136-2013, K/143-2013, S/151-                               2013 and X/155-2013 and Bill List.

 

Mayor declared whether said items were passed.

 

C. Parker moved to approve Resolution T/160-2013 (Authorize Municipal Consent – Liquor License No. 0260-33-001-006 – DEA & Narti – 2013/2014).  Seconded by D.M. Gussen and carried by the following vote:

 

ROLL CALL

In Favor:         C. Parker, C. Stern, D.M. Gussen, C. Pruitt, C. Katz, C. Schwartz, Mayor Hameeduddin.

Opposed:         None.

Absent:            None.

 

The following resolutions were tabled:

CC.     Appoint Members to Board of Adjustment.

DD.     Appoint Members to Planning Board.

 

C. Schwartz nominated all members of the Board of Adjustment and Planning Board whose terms are expiring for reappointment.  Seconded by C. Stern.  Clerk Evelina will re-list the resolutions for the upcoming Council Meeting.

 

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE(S)

NONE.

 

OLD BUSINESS

NONE.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

NONE.

NEW BUSINESS

Mayor Hameeduddin will not be attend the July 23, 2013 Council Meeting.

 

C. Parker will not be able to attend the August 20, 2013 Council Meeting.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

NONE.

 

 

 

 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS - COUNCIL LIAISONS

No member of Council reported.

 

COUNCIL-LISTED ITEMS

1.         Board of Education Website” – C. Katz.

C. Katz requested that the link for the Board of Education website be included at the bottom of the Township’s website.  Council consented to same.

 

2.         Super Bowl” – C. Parker.

C. Parker spoke about the Senator’s suggestion insofar as the Super Bowl.  In response, Mayor Hameeduddin informed of his suggestions, specifically, (1) working with Maggie Peters; (2) contacting Ridgewood; (3) working with the Marriot regarding cross promotions.  C. Parker mentioned homeowners renting their homes for the Super Bowl.  Mr. Turitz will provide a legal memo to Council.

 

3.         Resolution Supporting PSE&G’s Energy Strong Program” – C. Stern.

C. Stern spoke about PSE&G’s proposed resolution, requesting support from municipalities for their energy strong projects, and he requested that same be listed on the Consent Agenda for the upcoming meeting.  He also requested that Mr. Turitz amend the final clause to reflect that the project will not cost the Township any money.  Council consented to the resolution being listed.   

 

TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

1.         Update – Council-Directed Items.

Manager Broughton informed Council of the following: 

            a.         A cost estimate regarding the bathrooms in the parks is pending;

            b.         A Town Hall Meeting with the seniors is being scheduled;

            c.         Alternate times for residents to retrieve recycling cans are being scheduled, and                             some were made available at the Council Meeting;

            d.         An Ordinance with respect to Commuter Parking/Ward Plaza is pending;

            e.         A speed analyzer on Palisade is scheduled to be installed; and

            f.          An additional handicapped parking spot has been installed at the Richard Rodda                           Community Center.

 

2.         PAL Building.           

The Manager received quotes for the demolition of the PAL building, and all quotes range

from $10,000 to $20,000, not including restoration, oil tank removal, etc.

 

3.         Dog Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

The Council briefly discussed and consented to the Manager scheduling the ceremony for sometime towards the late summer.

 

4.         Re-dedication of Eastern Star Plaque.

This matter was not discussed.

 

5.         Police Officer Recruitment Initiative.           

The Manager advised that the Civil Service Commission is accepting applications for those interested in taking the Police Test until September 4, 2013.  He further advised that he will be moving forward to raise public awareness. 

 

C. Katz requested a list of current vacancies.  Manager Broughton requested to place people into the July, 2013 Academy, as there will be vacancies that need to be filled due to officers being on modified duty and retirements.  Council requested additional information prior to moving forward.

 

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY’S REPORT

Mr. Turitz advised that the injunction of COAH has been lifted.  As such, a resolution authorizing the reactivation of the 3rd-Round Certification will be listed on the July 23, 2013 Council Meeting Agenda.

 

C. Katz questioned the status of the Queen Anne sidewalks, and Mr. Turitz advised that he is awaiting a price regarding same.

 

C. Parker advised that she will not be present at the July 23, 2013 Council Meeting.

 

ADJOURNMENT

D.M. Gussen made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:00 p.m.  Seconded by Mayor Hameeduddin and carried by the following vote:

 

ROLL CALL

In Favor:         C. Parker, C. Stern, D.M. Gussen, C. Pruitt, C. Katz, C. Schwartz, Mayor Hameeduddin.

Opposed:         None.

Absent:            None.