June 9, 2009 Special Regular Meeting Minutes
|Date:||June 9, 2009|
|Time:||6:00 PM - 7:45 AM|
MINUTES OF A SPECIAL REGULAR MEETING OF THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL HELD IN THE
MUNICIPAL BUILDING COUNCIL CHAMBERS
ON TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2009
Mayor Feit called the Special Regular Meeting of the Teaneck Township Council to order at 8:11 p.m., and asked all those present to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Present: C. Gussen (arrived at 8:12 p.m.), C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler (arrived at 8:13 p.m.), Mayor Feit.
Also Present: W. Rupp - Ferrara, Turitz, Harraka & Goldberg, Esqs.; W. Broughton, Municipal Manager; L. Aportela-Hernandez, Municipal Clerk; J. L. Evelina, Senior Clerk.
Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by adoption of Resolution #342-08, setting the 2009 meeting dates and Resolution #117-09, amending the 2009 meeting dates, sending a copy to THE RECORD, THE SUBURBANITE, THE BERGEN NEWS/SUN BULLETIN, THE CONNECTION, THE JEWISH STANDARD, 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.
Mayor Feit informed the public that Council met in Closed Session to interview applicants for advisory boards and to discuss pending labor negotiations; and no formal action was taken.
CEDAR LANE SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ASSESSMENT HEARING
Mayor Feit declared the hearing open asking if anyone wished to comment.
Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive - expressed opposition to business governing and the Cedar Lane Budget.
Howard Rose - 575 Northumberland Road - the names listed on the budget documentation reflect the names of private organizations; there is no money paid by residents but money paid by businesses; and expressed concern about money to be expended within the Cedar Lane budget.
Greg Andrews - 384 Cedar Lane - stated that he has tenants that are not being affected as a result of the budget.
Nehama Barouk, 431-439 Cedar Lane - businesses are decreasing and tenants are requesting rent decreases; as a result of improvements to Cedar Lane, business owners are alleging that they are losing business.
C. Gussen made a motion to close the hearing on the Cedar Lane Special Improvement District. Seconded by DM. Parker and carried by the following vote:
In Favor: C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.
C. Gussen supported Mr. Rose's comments; less than half of the dollar amount is being used to the benefit of the district; the Council's involvement is the legal authority to allow for special tax assessment however, the Council does not manage the groups; the oversight is minimal; and property owners should be addressing concerns to the Cedar Lane Management Group.
DM. Parker serves on the Board, and expressed that the Board plans to reassess the expenditures of the SID as the Board discusses and formulates next year's budget.
C. Toffler stated that she will be abstaining, as she is not satisfied with the figures in the budget; and requested that Mr. Rupp provide a legal opinion on the matter.
Mr. Rupp advised that C. Toffler that Council already approved the budget on May 19, 2009 and that tonight's action only confirms the assessment.
DM. Parker informed that the Board did face some challenges this year as a result of the split, and a previous request for funding was denied; and next year, the Board plans to present a budget with more product.
C. Katz made a motion to confirm the proposed $0.149 / $100 assessed valuation Cedar Lane Special Improvement District Assessment for budget year 2009 and the individual property assessments. Seconded by DM. Parker and carried by the following vote:
In Favor: C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, Mayor Feit.
Abstained: C. Toffler.
On a motion made, seconded and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned at 8:26 p.m.