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June 23, 2009 Regular Meeting Minutes

Date: June 23, 2009
Time: 9:45 PM

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF

THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL

HELD IN THE TEANECK HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009

 

Mayor Feit called the 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.

 

 

ROLL CALL

 

Present: C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

 

Absent: DM. Parker

 

Also Present: W. Rupp - Ferrara, Turitz, Harraka, & Goldberg, Esqs.; W. Broughton, Municipal Manager; L. Aportela-Hernandez, Municipal Clerk; C. Loschiavo, Clerk Typist, C. Ferraioli - Auditor;

G. Fehrenbach, Government Management Advisors, LLC

 

 

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by adoption of Resolution #342-08, setting the 2009 meeting dates, and the June 19, 2009 Sunshine Notice 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 welcomed everyone and thanked all for attending; he stated that prior to the commencement of the Regular Meeting, Council was in Closed Session with no formal action being taken.

 

HEARING ON THE 2009 MUNICIPAL BUDGET

2009 MUNICIPAL BUDGET OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, COUNTY OF BERGEN, NEW JERSEY FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 2009.

Mayor Feit declared the hearing open asking if anyone wished to comment.

Gail Slockett, Oradell - indicated that the members of Council do not listen, causing the residents to constantly repeat themselves at each meeting; stated firefighters from other towns were in attendance to emphasize the importance of their positions; cutting firefighters' positions would increase the danger to residents as well as the firefighters themselves; the departments is already dangerously understaffed; the Fire Department will not function properly with the resignation of the five Deputy Chiefs; none of the firefighter's positions are dispensable, they all make sure each one of them comes home alive.

Gene Ruffini, Sherman Avenue - shared a personal experience from August, 2008 when the Teaneck Fire Department responded to his home which was engulfed in flames and rescued his wife, who perished on the way to the hospital; he praised the fact that although it was clearly a dangerous situation, the firefighters did not hesitate entering the burning building; indicated the Township will pay a large price by laying off members of the Fire Department.

Dana Kwaycheck, 311 Queen Anne Road - stated that she is having back surgery in August and is in need of the Good Morning Program.

Bill Latvin, President FMBA - NJ - thanked Council for hearing everyone and would never want to tell them how to do their jobs; understands the difficult economic times and what a difficult decision this is however, cutting positions in the Fire Department is a huge mistake in that when these positions are cut, people will lose their lives; suggested Council and Mayor Feit speak with experts before making any final decisions, as they will be held responsible should anything happen; stated that Teaneck is surrounded by the busiest roads and highways, these are additional reasons that the Fire Department should be kept fully staffed.

Lad Bell, 16 Chris Terrace, Ringwood - indicated that he has been a firefighter for many years and response time is imperative; described the duties of each firefighter when they are first responders; how are the firefighters expected to know their exact job without a Deputy; went on to say no one knows more about fighting fires than Chief Montgomery.

Frank Field - has been a fire safety advocate for many years; stated that this country has the worst fire safety record in the world when it comes to loss of lives and property; other countries in the same economic position as we are in, are hiring firefighters, not cutting their positions; how are firefighters supposed to enter a burning building without worrying about their safety when they are operating in understaffed conditions; the lives of seniors and children are being jeopardized if the Fire Department staff is cut.

David Fox, Attorney for the members of the Fire Department - stated that he was aware that he could not change the minds of Council in three minutes, but would certainly try; no one disputes Chief Montgomery's warnings, residents will die if this plan is followed through; referred to an affidavit from Township CFO stating that layoffs are not necessary.

Donna Rosario, wife of firefighter - worries constantly about her husband's safety; the lives of firefighters and residents will be jeopardized by the loss of the Deputy Chiefs; stated that she prays more now than ever that her husband comes home alive.

Joan Davis, 976 Alpine Drive - discussed the style of government as well as Council's inability to discuss certain subjects in front of residents; spoke of the rain, global warming and the need to prevent layoffs of Township employees at this time.

Andrew Gonzalez, 293 DeGraw Avenue - he is one of the eleven potential layoffs; indicated the Fire Department is already grossly understaffed and hopes that Council will reconsider.

John Grado, 58 West Summit Avenue, Midland Park - the firefighters need the support of the people and the Township Manager should realize this; indicated this was a case of bad-faith negotiations with a gross injustice in treating the employees as second-class citizens.

Pat Burns, President Firefighters Union, Elizabeth, NJ - discussed a similar situation which had taken place in Elizabeth where two children perished in a fire and three firefighters had to retire on disability one week after layoffs had taken place; stated that at that time, the longest standing Mayor was voted out.

Patricia Jungerman - more layoffs will cause the Township of Teaneck to become more dangerous.

Rich Burchell, VP FMBA 42 - feels that the removal of five Deputy Chiefs and the demotion of another is appalling; the decisions are affecting residents and firefighters; discussed the affect layoffs will have on response time; does not understand how Council can have a one-hour discussion on a Stop sign and not discuss the inadequate water supply on Sussex Road; challenged all to go through Bergen County Fire Academy.

Mildred Tucker, Shepard Avenue - has lived in Teaneck for many years and understands the 4% property tax increase; understands the tax CAP; does not want to think the firefighters are threatening the possibility of a death in the event there are layoffs; this budget is the result of Mrs. Fall's poor planning; understands the difficult position Council is in; feels no one is willing to compromise, causing a very big problem.

John Dixon, 74 Fernwood Road, Wantage, NJ - Mayor and Council have no idea how quickly fire spreads within a 30-second time span; proceeded to explain the scenario of progressive fire in 30-second intervals; when first responders arrive, there are at least 20 jobs which need to be done; questioned how Council could entertain the idea of reducing manpower with this information.

Gene Schlur - has been a resident of Teaneck for 33 years; if shortfall is made up prior to the five Deputy Chiefs retire, why are layoffs still on the able?

B. Leber - is a resident of Teaneck and knows what the budget is; she feels Council's behavior is shameful in not recognizing the Deputy Chiefs' years of service; forcing them to retire indicates that Council doesn't care; she stated that an article written in the Suburbanite demonstrated more compassion for these men.

Howard Rose, 575 Northumberland Road - never doubted the sincerity, honor and integrity of the public servants; feels safety first, salary second; negotiations have been going on for months with no resolutions; shame should be placed on both sides; there is no reason why there should be no compromise.

Donald Engerver, Sr., Dewey Avenue, Saddlebrook, NJ - indicated he is ashamed of two of the Council Members who took an oath when he trained them for TVAC; discussed the loss of Holy Name Hospital through the domino effect.

Curtis Barns, Van Buskirk Road, Englewood Firefighter - a layoff will cause much detriment to the residents as well as the Township; there must be somewhere else they can locate the money.

Robert O'Neill, 292 Hemlock Terrace - was a firefighter for 39 years and was forced to retire prior to serving his 40-year goal; no matter how you dress it, G. Fehrenbach had a plan but it did not prevent layoffs; felt G. Fehrenbach was arrogant during their meeting, no one really understood what he was talking about and he believes there was no plan; spoke of his grandson who has Muscular Dystrophy and fears if there was ever an emergency, response time would be hindered because of layoffs; it is imperative to keep every firefighter.

Joe Palazolla - spoke of his 13 years as a Deputy Chief and why all of the Deputy Chiefs are essential to the Teaneck Fire Department, they are underestimated with many different responsibilities; discussed how Teaneck has never lost a firefighter in a fire, indicating the importance of each position; always promised his men he would send them home safely and he never broke that promise; inquired if Council would be able to live with themselves if a firefighter loses his/her life because they are understaffed; feels G. Fehrenbach is not an expert.

Rene Rodriguez, Lindbergh Boulevard - a recent report on the news told of 15 burglaries that have taken place in Teaneck; this is not the time to lay off anyone from the Police Department; concerned about layoffs at a time when the economy is doing so poorly; hopes he does not hear of anyone losing their life due to the layoff process.

Deputy Fire Chief, Englewood - was devastated to learn that Teaneck was considering layoffs; the safety of Englewood may be jeopardized should they have to respond to a Teaneck fire; questioned how Council could consider layoffs with the post 911 tragedy; respect the residents and keep all personnel.

Melanie Gluck - inquired how we will handle shared services; indicated the Township already has five lawsuits and questioned what would happen if someone else gets hurt as a result of layoffs, indicating another lawsuit may be in the future.

Alan Sohn, 75 Cottage Place - discussed the budget and financial crisis suggesting that a great deal of money was wasted on bad decisions and lawsuits; spoke of website, engineering contract, and Cedar Lane Streetscape; Council should come up with creative revenue because the current budget will not clean up the mess; feels employees and management were not dealt with appropriately.

Waheed Khakid - came on behalf of Teaneck Police and Fire Departments; they feel that layoffs in these two departments would be like playing with fire; lives are at risk and the wrong message is being sent to the residents.

9:23 pm recessed to change the audio.

9:32 pm reconvened.

Grant Salcedo, Teaneck Firefighter - discussed the budget; stated that eleven years ago Deputy Chief Palazolla promised to always keep the firefighters safe, who will be there to fulfill that promise now?

C. Gussen made a motion to close the hearing on the 2009 Municipal Budget. Seconded by C Katz and carried by the following vote:

In Favor: C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

Opposed: None.

Absent: DM. Parker

Due to the hour and number of members in attendance, Council rearranged the Agenda to begin Good and Welfare.

 

 

 

GOOD AND WELFARE

Jordan Wouk, 554 Cumberland Avenue - realizes talk about layoffs is a difficult subject; discussed National Park Service identified Hackensack River Greenway as a National Recreational Trail, there will be an official presentation at 11:00 am on June 29th at Brett Park.

Art Vatsky, 950 Garrison Avenue - feels firefighters have every right to fight for their jobs, there is no justification for loss of careers; questioned why the money was not budgeted appropriately; work has not been done thoroughly enough to make a decision on layoffs, what is Council basing their decision on; discussed the speeding problem at the intersection of Garrison Avenue.

President Local 500 FMBA - spoke about the 911 tragedy indicating that now is not the time to be unprepared with an understaffed Fire Department; this country vowed never to be unprepared for such a tragedy again, cutting firefighters will render us unprepared.

Brian (no last name provided), New Jersey State FMBA under the best of circumstances, fire fighting is a very difficult, dangerous profession; there is a chain-of-command system; doesn't think Council is doing this intentionally but cutting manpower is not the answer.

Meghan O'Neill, South Orange, NJ - spoke on behalf of her father, Deputy Chief O'Neill, as well as all other firefighters; she has many members of her family who work for the fire and police departments and she feels their safety is at risk with the potential layoff plan; spoke of many situations where her father had risked his own life to save another; spoke of the Rutland Avenue fire and the impact it had on her father; feels keeping firefighters employed takes precedence over Township lighting or park improvements.

Mitchell Gluck, 75 Bennett Road - stated that it is June 23rd and Council is still debating the budget; who is monitoring the money; what are the chances this will happen again in the future.

Ron Schwartz, 698 Larch Avenue - met with firefighters during the 2006 campaign; this Department is in a class of their own and they deserve special considerations; the jobs of the firefighters is to keep the residents safe; if 11 firefighters are laid off, it is equivalent to 10% of the department - does this mean the Township is 10% less safe during a fire; the money should come from somewhere else in the budget.

Patrick Florio, Englewood Firefighter - Englewood Fire Department is grossly understaffed and they rely heavily on Teaneck Fire Department for backup; feels Council should not look so smug during the meetings; they should think carefully and do the right thing.

Gene Rufini, Sherman Avenue - Council should figure out a way to bring more revenue to the Township so taxes may be lowered and layoffs may be avoided.

Mike Hunter, Fire Officers Union - responded to Art Vatsky's comments on the budge; discussed alleged lies and hidden agendas; feels there is no need for two Managers, we should let G. Fehrenbach go; spoke of the chaos when the layoff notices were distributed; the Deputy Chiefs should not have been forced to retire; read an e-mail from C. Toffler.

Mildred Tucker, Shepard Avenue - stated that she is president of her block association; spoke with many residents who agree with Council; observed the circus-like atmosphere this evening; claims residents are scared of retaliation should the layoffs take place; discussed tax increases and budgetary issues; the money has to come from somewhere.

Lad Bell - raised in Teaneck; must take into consideration the safety of all firefighters; stated 15 burglaries is ridiculous and a clear indication that emergency services should not be cut; if layoffs take place, where is the command structure.

Bill Latvin, State FMBA - tonight was a good discussion with everyone agreeing to disagree; loves to represent firefighters and police officers because they put their lives on the line each and every day; they do not look at race or creed, when they are needed, they are there to save lives.

John Grado, Midland Park - found it difficult to get up and speak; spoke of childhood memories; was proud to be a resident of Teaneck and wants it to become the model community it once was.

Gene Schlur - has been a Teaneck resident for 33 years and inquired whether or not taxes would go down if the firefighters are laid off.

Howard Rose, 575 Northumberland Road - thanked Council for allowing him to be involved in different Township organizations; thanked Art Vatsky for discussing the Cedar Lane Streetscape issue; would like closure on the budget issue.

Joan Davis, 976 Alpine Drive - too much money is being spent on contracting jobs that should be kept in-house; if positions in the purchasing department are cut, maybe less checks will be written to the contractors; questioned whether or not Ward Plaza was a grant.

George Roysten, Dover Local 29 - informed everyone present that a similar situation had take place in Dover when they had 25 layoffs and privatized ambulance service; they did not give up the fight and they eventually reinstated the personnel who had been laid off; stands behind the Teaneck Fire Department and is willing to help them in any way possible.

Greg Meyer, Old Bridge, NJ - Teaneck Fire Department has been desecrated; loss of five Deputy Chiefs interrupts the chain of command; is there a need for seven Council Members more than we need Deputy Fire Chiefs; questioned why there are still two Managers; feels as though the firefighters have been lied to and is disappointed in the Township.

Sam Ebel - agreed with Mildred Tucker in that he has been a Teaneck resident for 11 years and has had his taxes increased 82%; the taxes are already exorbitant, how will the residents be able to live if they keep increasing.

Charles Powers, 1374 Academy Lane - discussed furloughs; hopes Council can explain, in detail, what is going on with the budget; a structural change is needed; taxpayers must be made aware of what is taking place; they must make a long-term commitment.

Jessica Spears, Bogert Street, Township Employee - is employed in the Tax Collector's Office; position has been cut down to part time; the layoff plan allows her to bump someone in the Registrar's Office however, she does not have the qualifications to work in that office; she has not been informed of salary, hours or benefit eligibility; she sympathizes with the firefighters, however other employees are being affected as well.

Melissa Bann, 15 year old resident - her father is a firefighter; who will protected her grandparents if the firefighters are laid off; the layoff plan is giving Teaneck a bad name.

Naomi Cramer, Maitland Avenue - it is problematic when only one side of the story is heard; wants to know why all of the information is not on the table; hopes someone will explain, in detail, what is going on; does not feel that Council is trying to hurt the employees; hopes there will be some resolution in the near future.

William Moore, Bogert Street - is a fellow government employee; was happy with the turnout for the meeting; feels more residents should attend the meetings; Council has a responsibility to the entire Township, not just one issue; it's not a me situation, it's a we situation; hopes Council will meet this challenge and rise to the occasion.

Ron Costello, 229 Shepard Avenue - understands both sides of the issue; there are five foreclosures on his block alone; Council should consider the budget in a fair manner and pass it.

Jim McCall, Jasper Avenue - provided the Township with 30 years of service; is ashamed that it has come down to a layoff plan; he has a voice and he knows how to use it when it comes time for reelection.

Frank Field - there is a need for fire safety in school curriculum; fire fighting is a science; fire is one of the worst forces of nature and most individuals are not educated enough about it; firefighters are extremely important to the Township, they are the front line.

C. Hameeduddin made a motion to close the Good and Welfare portion of the meeting to the public. Seconded by C. Toffler and carried by the following vote:

In Favor: C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

Opposed: None..

Absent: DM. Parker

Mayor Feit - Council initially wanted to hold the line in property tax the state levy CAP imposed on municipalities, last year it kept the tax rate steady but they cannot repeat the same actions year after year; they were not given the proper tools to repair the problem; clarified surplus, it is a fund balance of leftover money, a vast majority of it is rolled over to next year's budget, property tax collection is four times per year, however bills are due monthly and must be paid monthly; discussed excessive tax appeals; if the Deputy Chiefs do in fact retire, that will mean more money to be paid out; terminal pay liability, pension liabilities; lawsuits; all other options have been explored, there was no alternative, salary and wages were the last option.

10:49 pm - Council recessed to change the audio.

 

10:55 pm - Council reconvened.

Mayor Feit went on to say that there are grants which can cover some costs, but they are specifically earmarked, money can not be taken from one place and put into another; it is a constant balancing act but it has never been taxpayers versus employees; the passing of the budget must be done by July 1st or we run a risk of having the state come and take over; discussed layoff issue; discussions are continuing between the Unions and G. Fehrenbach; there is a shared frustration in that offers have been made by both sides; revenue shortfall cannot be anticipated; negotiations are still ongoing and at this point, there is still time to come to some type of agreement, all sides have to be willing to give a little; understands all employees are being effected, not just the firefighters and police.

C. Gussen - layoffs are not necessary, there is an offer on the table; the last three years operating budget has been stripped forcing us to look at salaries and wages; feels that the Deputy Chiefs made a decision that they feel was best for themselves and their families; every American is in a position of having to do more with less at this time, it is something we have to accept.

C. Hameeduddin - thanked the Fire Department for all they have done for Teaneck; did not see this coming; this was not part of Council's agenda, they did not think the Deputy Chiefs would retire, this is not what they wanted.

C. Toffler - all Council Members grew up in Teaneck and are thankful for the patience and commitment of Teaneck residents; Mr. Rose asked them to do the right thing - what is the right thing; there are many issues to factor in, different needs require different actions; there are various mandates, constraints and stakeholders; they are trying to be responsive to all stakeholders, but this is almost an impossibility; sat down this morning with C. Gussen to try to make additional cuts in the budget so that layoffs could be avoided; agreed to begin dealing with the 2010 budget so this may be avoided in the future; still hoping to come to an agreement which will avoid layoffs; hopes this Township will be the strong Township it once was; feels it is distressing to witness so much anger.

Mayor Feit - as Mayor must be the "voice of Teaneck"; 20-year member of TVAC; specifically concerned with the retirement of the Deputy Chiefs; understands the importance of first responders; is not part of the bargaining unit, but hopes there is some answer which will be fair to all.

Mr. Broughton - spoke to firefighters about the chain of command where lieutenants are to report to captains; the rank structure will be reviewed with Chief Montgomery and approved by Council.

Mayor Feit - questioned when the structure will be in place.

Mr. Broughton - structure will be put into place as soon as Council and the Manager can sit down and discuss this.

C. Gussen made a motion to adopt the 2009 Municipal Budget. Seconded by C. Toffler and carried by the following vote:

In Favor: C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

Opposed: C. Honis

Absent: DM. Parker

HEARINGS ON ORDINANCES

First reading by title only on April 28, 2009, advertised May 1, 2009 and posted on the bulletin board.

The Clerk read the title of the following Ordinances into the record:

ORDINANCE #4130 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTIONS 33-22 AND 33-24 IN ARTICLE V, "ZONING ORDINANCE" OF CHAPTER 33 "DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS" OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK ESTABLISHING THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH FACILITY (MH) OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICT.

ORDINANCE #4131 - AN ORDINANCE VACATING A PORTION OF EAST OAKDENE AVENUE, DEDICATING A PORTION THEREOF TO BE ADDED TO THE RIGHT-OF-WAY OF FRANK W. BURR BOULEVARD IN THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK AND RELEASING WHATEVER RIGHT, TITLE AND INTEREST THE TOWNSHIP MAY HAVE IN THE VACATED PORTION OF EAST OAKDENE AVENUE.

ORDINANCE #4132 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 33-22 IN ARTICLE V, "ZONING ORDINANCE," OF CHAPTER 33 "DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS" OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK TO REZONE LOTS 11 AND 12 IN BLOCK 3604 (TOGETHER WITH THE VACATED PORTION OF EAST OAKDENE AVENUE ADJACENT TO LOTS 11 AND 12 IN BLOCK 3604) FROM R-S TO RC-2.

C. Katz made a motion that Ordinances #4130, #4131, #4132, and Resolution #202-09, Setting Forth Statement of Reason for the Adoption of Ordinance No, 4130 Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-26 and N.J.S.A. 40:55D-62 and Resolution #203-09, Setting forth Statement of Reason for the Adoption of Ordinance Nos. 4131 and 4132 Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-26 and N.J.S.A. 40:55D-62 be passed on second and final reading and adopted. Seconded by C. Honis and carried by the following vote:

In Favor: C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

Opposed: None.

Absent: DM. Parker

Ordinances #4135 and #4138

First reading by title only on May 19, 2009, advertised May 22, 2009 and posted on the bulletin board.

Clerk read the title of the following Ordinances into the record:

ORDINANCE #4135 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING SECTION 33-24(a)(5)c IN ARTICLE V OF CHAPTER 33 OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE ENTITLED "ZONING ORDINANCE".

ORDINANCE #4138 - AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $70,000 FROM THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK AND APPROPRIATING $70,000 AS A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FOR THE TENNIS AND BASKETBALL COURTS, UPGRADE OF POOL AREA, AND SOFTBALL FIELD IMPROVEMENTS AT TERHUNE PARK, HAWTHORNE PARK, AND HERRICK PARK FUNDED FROM THE BERGEN COUNTY OPEN SPACE, RECREATION, FARMLAND AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION TRUST FUND.

Mayor Feit declared the hearing on Ordinances #4135 and #4138 open, asking if anyone wished to comment on these Ordinances.

Joan Davis, 976 Alpine Drive - doesn't understand this; is all necessary information going to be on the new website; feels Council should not be contracting out services, should keep work in house.

Chuck Powers, 1374 Academy Lane - commended Council on previous discussion on fundamental infrastructure issue.

Alan Sohn, 752 Cottage Place - Ordinance 4138 - important to have a plan to deal with maintenance and an overall schedule to maintain the upkeep; referred to Terhune Tennis Courts indicating they are practically unusable.

Howard Rose, 575 Northumberland Road - the comments made by the Township Manager about having a plan in place is a good way to go; would like to hear more about his plan in future meetings.

C. Katz made a motion that the hearing on Ordinances #4135 and # 4138 be closed and that it proceed to second and final reading by title only. Seconded by C. Honis and carried by the following vote:

In Favor: C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

Opposed: None.

Absent: DM. Parker

PUBLIC INPUT ON RESOLUTIONS ON THIS AGENDA

Joan Davis - Resolution 204-09, Council Liaisons for Boards should not have the same liaisons, there should be a variety; Resolution 228-09, $284,0000 per year for two years is an exorbitant amount of money to be spent, should be kept in house instead of contracted out; Resolution #210-09, should curb Library Board's expenditures; Resolutions #222-09, #223-09, #224-09, tennis courts, when was the last time they were renovated, why are they so costly.

Alan Sohn - Resolution 228-09, is there any way to make or buy such a machine; on what basis is this decision being made; are there other options; what is the future recourse; is this the best use of Township money.

 

C. Gussen made a motion to close Public Input on Resolutions on this agenda. Seconded by C. Hameeduddin and carried by the following vote:

In Favor: C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

Opposed: None.

Absent: DM. Parker

 

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. Honis made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda and to dispense with the reading of same inasmuch as it has been posted on the bulletin board all day. Seconded by C. Katz. .

MINUTES

May 19, 2009 - Regular Meeting (C. Hameeduddin, Absent).

June, 9, 2009 - Special Regular Meeting.

RESOLUTIONS

#204-09 Appoint Council Liaisons.

#205-09 Execute Public Donor Agreement - FORUM, 2009 - 2010.

#206-09 Ratify Payments - May, 2009.

#207-09 Appoint Member to the Senior Citizens Advisory Board.

#208-09 Appoint Member to the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

#209-09 Appoint Member to the Advisory Board on Community Relations.

#210-09 Reappoint Member to the Library Board.

#211-09 Extend Reappointment of Member to the Patriotic Observance Advisory Board.

#212-09 Authorize Execution of Grant Agreement - Resurfacing of Queen Anne Road.

#213-09 Authorize Execution of Grant Agreement - Resurfacing of West Englewood Avenue.

#214-09 Authorize Renewal of Club Liquor Licenses.

#215-09 Authorize Renewal of Retail Consumption Liquor Licenses.

#216-09 Authorize Renewal of Retail Distribution Liquor Licenses.

#217-09 Appoint Council Representatives to Bergen County Community Development Regional Committee.

#218-09 Refund 2007 and 2008 Tax Overpayments - Various.

#219-09 Refund 2008 Tax Overpayment - Block 3204, Lot 39.

#220-09 Refund 2008 and 2009 Tax Overpayments - Various.

#221-09 Appoint Members to the Parks, Playground and Recreation Advisory Board.

#222-09 Authorize Submission of Bergen County Open Fund Application - Phelps Park Tennis Court Resurfacing Project.

#223-09 Authorize Submission of Bergen County Open Fund Application - Votee Park Handball Court Restoration Project.

224-09 Authorize Submission of Bergen County Open Fund Application - Votee Park Tennis Court Resurfacing Project.

225-09 Appoint Municipal Representative to Bergen County Community Development Regional Committee.

226-09 Authorize Person-to-Person and Place-to-Place Retail Consumption Liquor License Transfer.

227-09 Certify Self-Examination of 2009 Budget.

Carried by the following vote:

In Favor: C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

Opposed: None.

Abstained: C. Katz - #213-09, #214-09, #215-09.

C. Toffler - #228-09

Absent: DM. Parker.

C. Toffler requested additional information on Resolution #228-09

Mr. McKearnin, Township Engineer - explained the recycling and refuse of leaves; the leaves will be picked up by the contractor from October through January; they will be brought to a recycling site, recycled by the contractor and used as compost; they have explored many venues for the removal of leaves and this option was the most cost-effective for the Township.

C. Gussen made a motion to adopt Resolution #228-09 - Award Contract for Recycling of Leaves - S. Rotondi & Sons, Inc. Seconded by C. Honis and carried by the following vote:

In Favor: C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

Opposed: None.

Absent: DM. Parker

BILL LIST

C. Katz 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 $ 7,926,846.89 when properly approved, sworn to and the money is available. Seconded by C. Toffler and carried by the following vote:

 

In Favor: C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin C. Honis, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

Opposed: None.

Abstained: C. Gussen - 154993

C. Katz - Entire Bill List

Mayor Feit - 154961

Absent: DM. Parker

 

MISCELLANEOUS

None.

OLD BUSINESS

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS

None.

COMMUNICATIONS

None.

COMMITTEE REPORTS - COUNCIL LIAISONS

C. Toffler - the Affirmative Action Committee had a very informative program on issues for small business owners; the program provided information on how to promote small businesses via the internet; feels someone should expand on this to get it out there to make it more accessible to the public.

C. Honis - the Hackensack River Greenway Committee is receiving Federal Distinction for Federal Trails in Teaneck, making them one out of four in the state; an Eagle Scout will be visiting in the near future and has requested permission to do work on the Greenway.

Mayor Feit - met with mayors from several other towns and the Bergen County Parks Department on the topic of the Historic Newbridge Landing; they would like permission to perform archeological research on the path on the other side of the Hackensack River, the county is getting some resistance from the commission and are requesting assistance to obtain the necessary permission; requested Mr. Trepecchio's perspective on the subject; if the situation cannot be resolved, perhaps the mayors would meet again to try to resolve the matter.

TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

Mr. Broughton reported that as per Council's request, the Police Department is in the process of completing a traffic study on Sagamore and Garrison Avenues as well as Forest Avenue and Sussex Road, checking for sight line violations indicating whether or not four-way Stop signs should be installed; also made contact with the state requesting endorsement letters for a stimulus grant for the police officers.

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY’S REPORT

Mr. Rupp reported that he researched the Noise Ordinance as well as the structural changes on agenda items; he has prepared a memo relating to the issue of residential parking permits; spoke with the Planning Board Attorney regarding the subdivision discussion and they are in agreement that no ordinance change is needed at this time.

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion made, seconded and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned at 11:43 p.m.