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July 21, 2009 Regular Meeting Minutes

Date: July 21, 2009
Time: 8:00 PM

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF

THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL

HELD IN THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON

TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009

 

Mayor Feit called the Regular Meeting of the Teaneck Township Council to order at 8:13 p.m. and asked all those present to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Absent: C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Katz.

 

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

 

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by adoption of Resolution #342-08, setting 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 to the meeting; informed all present that the following topics were discussed during Closed Session: Historic Newbridge Landing Commission; AFSCME Local 108 - Hours of Operation; DPW/Engineering Split; Status of Self-Insurance Cases; Environmental Commission Request for Purchase of Property; Norman Levine Case; and Security Update presented by Chief Wilson; no formal action was taken with the exception of the Environmental Commission Request on Purchase of Property, which will be handled later in the meeting; stated the next Workshop Meeting will take place on Monday, August 3rd due to National Night Out taking place on Tuesday, August 4th.

 

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES

 

C. Gussen introduced the following Ordinances and setting August 18, 2009 at 8:00 PM, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be reached as the date and time and Municipal Building Council Chambers as the place for a hearing on said Ordinances. Seconded by Mayor Feit.

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

ORDINANCE #4139 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTIONS 2-15 THROUGH 2-22 AND APPENDIX I OF CHAPTER 2 OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK RESPECTING COUNCIL MEETINGS AND RULES OF PROCEDURES.

ORDINANCE #4140 - AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING SALARY RANGES, CLASSIFICATION OF POSITIONS AND DUTIES THEREOF FOR CLASSIFIED AND UNCLASSIFIED MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES IN THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK.

ORDINANCE #4141 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS OF WARD PLAZA AS A GENERAL IMPROVEMENT AND APPROPRIATING $ 250,000.00 TO BE ENTIRELY FUNDED BY A GRANT UNDER THE TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM.

Carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Katz.

 

 

 

PUBLIC INPUT ON RESOLUTIONS ON THIS AGENDA

Mr. Turitz read and explained Resolution #253-09, Enabling Resolution for County Trust Fund for the purchase of 640 River Road.

Mayor Feit stated this was at the request of the Environmental Commission and was added at this time due to a deadline requirement which is July 31, 2009.

Joan Davis, 976 Alpine Drive - the deadline is July 31st, but why was the Resolution not prepared prior to the meeting; needs more information as to the dimensions of the property; Resolutions #235-09, #247-09, #248-09 - DPW has the expertise to complete these tasks or to at least supervise the contractors; Resolutions #239-09, #243-09, #244-09, #252-09 - why are we spending so much money on legal services, we should have a full-time lawyer on our staff.

Howard Rose, 575 Northumberland Road - Resolution #253-09 - hopes it is passed, hopes the money is granted; the land was formerly proposed as a religious area and should not be overly done with asphalt, etc.

Laura Zucker, 62 Hillside Avenue - Resolution #253-09 - questioned if it is the property in dispute then thanked Council on behalf of the Native Americans; the fact that the Township is willing to purchase this land extends a hand of understanding.

 

Mr. Turitz explained the property of 640 River Road is 1.0 acres; it is a residential zone; the Township has sought to acquire this property since the early 2000's when they obtained a grant but were unsuccessful in negotiations with the owner so it was held as burial property of Pomander Walk; it is not new information however, it came in after the last Council Meeting; the grant preparation is complete therefore we can meet the deadline.

 

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

 

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

 

Opposed: None.

 

Absent: C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Katz

 

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, except Resolution #253-09. Seconded by C. Toffler.

RAFFLES

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

RA #1253 - Holy Name Health Care Foundation - 50/50 Raffle - $20.00.

MINUTES

June 9, 2009 - Regular Meeting.

June 16, 2009 - Workshop Meeting.

RESOLUTIONS

#235-09 Ratify Award of Emergency Contract - Academy Electrical Contractors, Inc.

#236-09 Reappoint Members - Teaneck Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse.

#237-09 Ratify Payments - CFO - June 2009.

#238-09 Award Animal Control Services Contract - 2009 - Bergen County Animal Shelter.

#239-09 Authorize Legal Compensation - Harold Ritvo - Various.

#240-09 Amend 2009 Budget - Click It or Ticket 2009.

#241-09 Amend 2009 Budget - Municipal Court Alcohol Education, Rehabilitation, and Enforcement.

#242-09 Amend 2009 Budget - Clean Communities Program.

#243-09 Authorize Legal Compensation - Genova, Burns, & Vernoia - February and March 2009.

#244-09 Authorize Legal Compensations - Ferrara, Turitz, Harraka, & Goldberg, Esqs - 2nd Quarter, 2009.

#245-09 Refund 2009 Tax Overpayments - Various.

#246-09 Award Professional Services Contract - Phillips Preiss Shapiro Associates, Inc - COAH 3rd Round.

#247-09 Appoint C-3 Licensed Sanitary Sewer Collection System Operator - J. Pampaloni.

#248-09 Amend Professional Services Contract - Kinsey Associates - Restoration of Basketball and Volleyball Courts.

#249-09 Refund 2007 and 2008 Taxes - Various.

#250-09 Ratify Award of Refunding Bond Anticipation Notes.

#251-09 Amend 2009 Capital Budget.

#252-09 Authorize Legal Compensation - Genova, Burns, & Vernoia - April through June 2009.

Carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Abstained: None.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Katz

 

C. Gussen made a motion on Resolution #253-09 - Authorize Submission of Grant Application - Bergen County Open Space, Recreation, Farmland, an Historic Preservation Trust Fund. Seconded by Mayor Feit.

C. Gussen supports this Resolution today but wants to clarify at this point that he has a few issues with grant submission; grant will not cover 100%; does not know how much will be covered; also some legal hurdles to come; Township only allowed to spend a certain percentage, the sale price may be significantly higher; supports this now but not necessarily in the future.

Carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Abstained: None.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Katz

BILL LIST

C. Toffler 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 $11,680,975.84 when properly approved, sworn to and the money is available. Seconded by C. Honis and carried by the following vote:

 

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

 

Opposed: None.

 

Abstained: C. Gussen - 155266, 155285

Mayor Feit - 155234

 

Absent: C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Katz

 

 

 

GOOD AND WELFARE

Alan Sohn, 752 Cottage Place - congratulated Township on the new website; found that it still needs to be proofed and tweaked but it is a major step forward for the Town; there are many pictures but should have more information; the website contains quality information, however there is additional information that is needed at this time.

Howard Rose, 575 Northumberland Road - referred to a sign problem on Chestnut, going north; witnessed a couple driving over the curb and making a right onto Cedar Lane on two separate occasions; a "Caution" or "Do Not Enter" sign should be installed to prevent future accidents.

Joan Davis, 976 Alpine Drive - questioned Resolution #251-09, where did the money come from; feels it is an exorbitant amount of money to be spent on solar panels; Ordinance 4139 needs to be reconsidered; cannot run a government by bundling legislation; residents will require more than five minutes to speak on topics if they are grouped together.

Mildred Tucker, 72 Shepard Avenue - thanked Council for standing their ground with the passing of the budget; happy issues were resolved with minimal layoffs; displeased with individuals who are not Teaneck residents coming to the meetings and suggesting ways to settle the budget; questioned C. Honis voting against budget; is it possible to change Good and Welfare so residents will have an opportunity to speak after Council.

Laura Zucker, 621 Hillside Avenue - Ordinance 4139, the bundling of Ordinances limits public input; residents should be permitted to speak after Council speaks; it is not a give and take situation; wished for Council Meetings that ran until 1:00 a.m.

C. Toffler 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. Gussen, C. Honis, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Katz

Mayor Feit - the website is hosted here so we have more control over information presented; it looks similar to the old one but we can tweak it where necessary; unfortunately, if residents signed up for the emergency alert program, they must sign up again; will get this information out to the residents; information placed on the website will be the responsibility of the Department Heads; signage issue on Cedar Lane will be handled by the Police Department; thanked Mildred Tucker for her support during the budget crisis; have already set up a Budget Subcommittee for the 2010 budget; does not begrudge anyone for having a difference of opinion as far as the budget is concerned; Ordinance 4139 public input is not being limited, it will provide a better flow during the meetings by eliminating roll call on mundane items.

C. Gussen - cited a recent Planning Board decision was overturned due to a meeting running for a six-hour period; decisions cannot be made properly when meetings go on for an extended period of time; streamlining meetings is beneficial to Council as well as the residents; public speaking will be expanded.

C. Toffler - Each resident will have an extended opportunity to speak during meetings; if there are any typograpical errors and/or mistakes found on the new website, send the information to C. Toffler and she will forward the information to be corrected; agrees with Mildred Tucker and Laura Zucker on the issue of response time and interaction; when meetings go for too long, no one speaks rationally, however there is a need to reinstate response time.

C. Honis - shocked that people were not happy with her vote on the budget since she voted against introducing the budget; at the time of the vote, she made her decision based on the belief that she was doing what was best for the Township; the positive outcome was the Budget Subcommittee.

Mr. Broughton - commended C. Toffler and the committee of Department Heads on all of their help with the website; we will continue to move forward with this project and appreciate any input the residents may have at this time.

MISCELLANEOUS

None.

OLD BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. HRGAB - Design Approval - Adding NRT symbol to existing signs.

Council approved the request of the HRGAB. C. Gussen acknowledged the plaque designating Hackensack River Greenway as a trail; there are 21,000 national trails in the United States with only four in the State of New Jersey, making this a tremendous recognition.

COMMITTEE REPORTS - COUNCIL LIAISON

C. Toffler - AAAB marketing small business program; there were only ten people in attendance, great deal of information on marketing on the internet; should make sure the board liaisons get all necessary information is on website so that the public is informed; council should sponsor such events to assist in gaining a greater turnout.

TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

1. Time & Attendance Scheduling.

Mr. Broughton stated this matter was discussed in Closed Session.

2. Old PHQ - Bonding.

Mr. Broughton referenced the previous discussion on remediation; $350,000 design work; handed out packets with photographs of old PHQ; can be done is phases; the building has been sitting idle for many years and is basically used as a "filing cabinet"; discussed where departments would be located; all offices located downstairs can move next door along with a new court room; has much potential to provide a better service to the residents; the consensus of Council is to move forward; Mr. Broughton will arrange for a Bond Ordinance for this project to be listed for an upcoming meeting.

3. Vending Restrictions in Residential Areas.

Mr. Broughton explained that on Ward Plaza there is a hot dog vendor parked in front of a home; the vendor has a health certificate; there is no zoning impact therefore he cannot be prohibited but he can be restricted. Mr. Turitz will draft an Ordinance with limitations for Council to review.

4. 200 Club Grant – Safety Education Trailer.

 

Mr. Broughton stated that this trailer is for fire education/safety; Teaneck is partnering with Englewood; the Grant is for $37,000; we have to match it; Teaneck needs $19,000; met with Fire Chief and we may have money which has already been donated in the amount of $9,000; the additional money may be in the budget;

would like to move forward with this; Council authorized to move forward.

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY’S REPORT

Mr. Turitz reported that his items were covered in Closed Session.

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion made, seconded, and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned at 9:16 p.m.