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September 8, 2009 Regular Meeting Minutes

Date: September 8, 2009
Time: 8:30 PM

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF
THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL
 HELD IN THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009

Mayor Feit called the Regular Meeting of the Teaneck Township Council to order at 8:19 p.m. and asked all those present to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL   

Present: C. Gussen,  DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

Also Present:  S. Turitz, - Ferrera, Turitz, Harraka, & Goldberg, Esqs.; W. Broughton, Municipal Manager; J. Evelina, Senior 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 JEWISH STANDARD, and THE COUNTY SEAT 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 all present that Council was in Closed Session since 7:00 p.m. discussing the Municipal Manager, goals and objectives; Municipal Clerk, evaluation; interview for Hackensack River Greenway Advisory Board; veteran's exemption for property taxes; advisory board course attendance requests; Council On Affordable Housing/Bright Side Manor project; status of Fire Department grievances; update on Pomander Walk Historic Burial Ground ; terminal leave calculation; No formal action was taken in Closed Session; sent get well wishes to Lissette Aportela-Hernandez, Township Clerk; congratulated C. Gussen on the birth of his son, Sydney Jacob Gussen.

HEARINGS ON ORDINANCES

Ordinance #4143

First reading by title only on August 18, 2009, advertised August 21, 2009 and posted on the bulletin board.

Mayor to declare the hearing on Ordinance #4143 open, asking if anyone wishes to comment on this Ordinance.

No one came forward.

C. Gussen made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #4143 be closed and that it proceed to second and final reading by title only. Seconded by C. Katz and carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

Ms. Evelina read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

ORDINANCE #4143 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

C. Gussen made a motion that Ordinance #4143 be passed on second and final reading and adopted.  Seconded by C. Katz and carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

Ordinance #4144

First reading by title only on August 18, 2009, advertised August 21, 2009 and posted on the bulletin board.

Mayor to declare the hearing on Ordinance #4144 open, asking if anyone wishes to comment on this Ordinance.

Joan Davis, 976 Alpine Drive - spoke of expenditures via grant money; pleased that it is not coming from MOST funds, which has been done in the past; too much money being spent on contracting.

C. Gussen made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #4144 be closed and that it proceed to second and final reading by title only. Seconded by C. Katz and carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

Ms. Evelina read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

ORDINANCE #4144 - AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $62,106.00 FROM THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK AND APPROPRIATING $62,106.00 AS A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FOR THE COUNTY ROAD PROGRAM, COUNTYWIDE ADA RAMPS, CURB AND SIDEWALK CONSTRUCTION CO-OPERATIVE FUNDED FROM THE BERGEN COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS.

C. Gussen made a motion that Ordinance #4144 be passed on second and final reading and adopted.
Seconded by C. Katz and carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

Ordinance #4145

First reading by title only on August 18, 2009, advertised August 21, 2009 and posted on the bulletin board.

Mayor to declare the hearing on Ordinance #4145 open, asking if anyone wishes to comment on this Ordinance.

Joan Davis, 976 Alpine Drive - assumes this pertains to the old Police Headquarters; would like to see a major roll be taken by the Department of Public Works; after remediation and removal of asbestos, the DPW should complete the task; they possess the skills needed to fulfill the job therefore it should not be out contracted out.

Genevieve Maiberger, 89 Bogert Street - would like Council to be kind enough to comment on some of the questions brought forth by Joan Davis; interested in hearing Council's response to her questioning on the ordinances.

DM. Parker made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #4145 be closed and that it proceed to second and final reading by title only.  Seconded by C. Katz and carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

Ms. Evelina read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

ORDINANCE #4145 - AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, NEW JERSEY, PROVIDING FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO VARIOUS TOWNSHIP BUILDINGS IN AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK AND APPROPRIATING $350,000 THEREFOR, AND PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF $332,500 IN BONDS OR NOTES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK TO FINANCE THE SAME.

DM. Parker made a motion that Ordinance #4145 be passed on second and final reading and adopted.
Seconded by C. Katz.

C. Gussen - funds being appropriated are for environmental remediation skills and abilities; we do not have in-house ability to remove asbestos; completely understands there may be some confusion at meetings as far as understanding facts and figures, etc., if at any time a resident has a question pertaining to something they have heard or read or do not understand, they should feel free to question Council and/or the Township Manager.

Carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Abstained: DM. Parker

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

Ordinance #4146

First reading by title only on August 18, 2009, advertised August 21, 2009 and posted on the bulletin board.

Mayor to declare the hearing on Ordinance #4146 open.  He explained that this ordinance would establish alternate side of the street parking for Tilden, Maple, and Martense Avenue within the River Road vicinity.  He opened the hearing on ORDINANCE #4146 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING SECTION 36-12.1 RELATING TO PARKING RESTRICTIONS IN CHAPTER 36 OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" and asked if anyone wishes to comment on this Ordinance.

April Serfass, 909 River Road - explained her understanding of the ordinance; concerned that parking is not limited to Teaneck residents; although there is adequate parking, FDU students and personnel are monopolizing these spaces; would like to have decal parking put into effect for the residents so they may avoid unsafe parking alternatives; feels this ordinance will worsen this situation.

Charles Donahue, 917 River Road - appreciates the Council's effort concerning the parking problem, however he feels the ordinance needs to be revised; agreed that decal parking is the way to go.

Mary DeMarco, 899 River Road - resident of the River Road Condominium Association; discussed a proposal dated March 11, 2009 explaining why decal parking is necessary for the residents of River Road.

Joan Davis, 976 Alpine Drive - as a former resident of Tilden Avenue, it was very important to have parking available; the condominium residents have the right to have parking provided for them; FDU students are going to park in these spaces unless the ordinance is reconsidered.

Chuck Powers, 1374 Academy Lane - hopes that prior to a vote by Council there is an explanation to the public by the Township Manager, the Township Attorney and Council as to why this ordinance is being put into place.

Robert Robinson,1714 Clinton Place - former public safety office for FDU; feels that the decal parking is the best solution; the problem has been occurring for at least twenty years; the only way to resolve the parking problem is to form a relationship with public safety to have the students and faculty park in the FDU parking lot.

C. Honis made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #4146 be closed.

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

C. Gussen stated that the ordinance would not alleviate the problems that the River Road condo residents have brought forth to Council and recommended that a decal parking program be established in the area, which would be open to all Teaneck residents.  Council concurred.

C. Honis made a motion to adopt Ordinance #4146, seconded by DM. Parker and carried by the following vote:

In Favor: None.

Opposed: C. Gussen, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

Ordinance #4146 did not pass.  Council instructed Mr. Broughton and Mr. Turitz to work on a decal parking program for the area and report back to Council at a future meeting.

Ordinance #4147

First reading by title only on August 18, 2009, advertised August 21, 2009 and posted on the bulletin board.

Mayor to declare the hearing on Ordinance #4147 open, asking if anyone wishes to comment on this ordinance.

Howard Rose, 575 Northumberland Road - questioned the need for this ordinance and expenditure at this time; questioned whether or not lightning has struck anyone in a public park area.

Alan Sohn, 752 Cottage Place - supports this ordinance; it is an appropriate use of open space money; lightning is unpredictable; these systems are extremely effective and useful especially in an open space such as Votee Park; this is what we should be doing to prevent such an accident.

Joan Davis, 976 Alpine Drive - respects the opinions of the other residents; questioned the price increase indicating that Council initially stated that the price was $20,000; feels MOST money should be spent to purchase land.

C. Katz made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #4147 be closed and that it proceed to second and final reading by title only.  Seconded by C. Honis.

C. Gussen - questioned the need for the lightning detection system in the beginning; after research came to realize it is a very valuable purchase; the cost was initially $28,000 with the possibility of sharing the cost with the Board of Education; the $50,000 is a round number to insure the money is there to cover the project; it is possible the cost will be significantly less.

Mr. Broughton - reiterated on C. Gussen's comments.

Mr. Turitz - just received the final quote which was just about $28,000.

DM. Parker - if we know the amount is $28,000, can the ordinance be amended to reflect the amount?

Mr. Turitz - advised to keep the ordinance as is.

Carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

Ms. Evelina read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

ORDINANCE #4147 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION  OF A LIGHTNING DETECTION SYSTEM AND LIGHTNING DECISION SUPPORT SERVICES AND APPROPRIATING $50,000 FROM THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK MUNICIPAL OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION TRUST FUND.

C. Katz made a motion that Ordinance #4147 be passed on second and final reading and adopted.
Seconded by C. Honis and carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

Ordinance #4148

First reading by title only on August 18, 2009, advertised August 21, 2009 and posted on the bulletin board.

Mayor to declare the hearing on Ordinance #4148 open, asking if anyone wishes to comment on this Ordinance.

No one came forward.

C. Toffler made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #4148 be closed and that it proceed to second and final reading by title only.  Seconded by C. Katz and carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

Ms. Evelina read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

ORDINANCE #4148 - AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING SALARY RANGES, CLASSIFICATION OF POSITIONS AND DUTIES THEREOF FOR CLASSIFIED AND UNCLASSIFIED MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES IN THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK.

C. Toffler made a motion that Ordinance #4148 be passed on second and final reading and adopted.  Seconded by C. Katz and carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

Ordinance #4149

First reading by title only on August 18, 2009, advertised August 21, 2009 and posted on the bulletin board.

Mayor to declare the hearing on Ordinance #4149 open, asking if anyone wishes to comment on this Ordinance.

No one came forward.

C. Gussen made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #4149 be closed and that it proceed to second and final reading by title only.   Seconded by C. Katz and carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

Ms. Evelina read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

ORDINANCE #4149 - AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING SALARY RANGES, CLASSIFICATION OF POSITIONS AND DUTIES THEREOF FOR CLASSIFIED AND UNCLASSIFIED MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES IN THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK.

C. Gussen made a motion that Ordinance #4149 be passed on second and final reading and adopted.
Seconded by C. Katz and carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES

DM. Parker introduced the following Ordinances and setting October 7, 2009 at 7:00 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 C. Gussen.

Ms. Evelina read the title of the following Ordinances into the record:  .

ORDINANCE #4150 -  AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $82,000 FROM THE BERGEN COUNTY       COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT-RECOVERY (CDBG-R) GRANT THROUGH THE U.S. DEPT. OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD) FOR THE RESURFACING OF VARIOUS TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK STREETS.

ORDINANCE #4151 - AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND SUPPLEMENT CHAPTER 29C OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE, ENTITLED "RENT CONTROL".

Carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Abstained: C. Katz - Ordinance #4151.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

PUBLIC INPUT ON RESOLUTIONS ON THIS AGENDA

Prior to public input, Mayor Feit explained Resolutions #283-09 and #284-09 indicating the "if necessary" clause only applies to the third date provided, meaning the first two dates are mandatory and the third date is on an if-necessary basis.

Howard Rose, 575 Northumberland Road - questioned Resolution #288-09; does this pertain to Township resident batteries; would like to see better advertising if it is so that residents would contribute their batteries for the benefit of the Township.

Joan Davis, 976 Alpine Drive - Resolution #283-09; feels that Council slipped something past the residents by passing Ordinance 4139; this ordinance changes the way Council relates to the public; feels Council does not care about the residents and indicates this by going into Closed Session and having the residents wait until they come out; not happy with the change of the calendar year's meeting schedule; Resolution #288-09, do we know how the DPW disposes of the  batteries; Resolution #290-09, why do we need a bond counselor; it does not make sense to incur additional debt; should expand the Financial Advisory Board prior to hiring bond counsel; Resolutions #292-09 and #293-09; county grant money for roads; this is taxpayer money, hopes we are watching the way the money is spent.

Chuck Powers, 1374 Academy Lane - would like Council to explain to the residents why there is a need for a bond counsel; would like to know if the Township is getting back from the county what they are providing; feels all of the residents would like an answer to the questions.

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

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

Mayor Feit - discussed the issue of bond counsel explaining when and why bond counsel is necessary.

C. Gussen - explained that bond counsel is a specialized legal service provided by a law firm with specific experience in the details of issuing municipal bonds in writing the contracts; they meet our pay-to-play requirements and are used when outside expertise is needed .

Mayor Feit - county tax dollars, we do not get even close to 100 percent of what we put in, however it is a start; money does not come only from Teaneck residents, therefore the tax impact is not felt as heavily by our residents.

C. Gussen - the grant money also supports the very worthy organizations for our Township.

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.  

C. Gussen - Resolution #286-09, suggested adopting a universal language in the appointment of board members in that if an individual is re-appointed to a Board, the word appointment should be used instead.

DM. Parker - Resolutions #283-09 and #284-09, suggested revisiting these resolutions questioning the start time for Closed Session; feels 7:00 p.m. is too early to start, would like to begin Closed Session at 7:30 p.m.

C. Gussen - feels starting the meetings earlier leads to better interaction.

RAFFLES

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

RA #1258 - Fairleigh Dickinson University - 50/50 Cash Raffle - $20.00.

MINUTES

July 7, 2009 -  Workshop Meeting.
August 3, 2009 - Closed Session Meeting - Approved for Content Only.
August 17, 2009 - Closed Session Meeting (C. Honis, absent) - Approved for Content Only.

RESOLUTIONS

#283-09 Amend 2009 Meeting Schedule.
#284-09   Approve 2010 Meeting Schedule.
#285-09 Authorize Execution of a Collective Negotiation Agreement Between the Township of Teaneck   and the Firemen's Mutual Benevolent Association (FMBA) Local 42 for the Years 2009 to 2011.
#286-09 Authorize Reappointing Members to the New Bridge Landing Park Commission.
#287-09 Certify Review - 2008 Annual Audit Recommendations.
#288-09 Authorize Future Sale of Battery Stock to Exide Technologies.
#289-09 Appoint Chairperson to the Financial Advisory Board.
#290-09 Authorize Professional Services Contract - Rogut McCarthy, LLC - Bond Counsel Through December, 2009.
#291-09 Amend 2009 Budget - Emergency Preparedness Grant.
#292-09 Authorize Execution of Bergen County Community Development Block Grant Agreement - Resurface Robinson Street.
#293-09 Award Contract - Stanziale Construction - Resurfacing of Various Streets.

Carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Abstained: None. 

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

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 $3,822,647.57 when properly approved, sworn to and the money is available. Seconded by C. Honis and carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Abstained: DM. Parker -  Check No. 155728, C. Katz -  Check Nos. 155704 and 155776, Mayor Feit - Check No. 155729

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

GOOD AND WELFARE

Howard Rose, 575 Northumberland Road - commented on Teaneck Comes Together; thanked Council for their support on this organization; provides wholesome activities for the youth of Teaneck.

Charles Donahue, 917 River Road - discussed the issue concerning parking on River Road; if residents are going to be polled again, the wording may make a tremendous difference in the outcome.

Alan Sohn, 752 Cottage Place - discussed the non-purchase of police vehicles; if they are not purchased soon,  a larger number of vehicles will have to be purchased to make up for the non-purchase in previous years; asked the Township Manager how close we are to hitting the 100,000 mile mark on each police vehicle.

Joan Davis, 976 Alpine Drive - spoke of the issue of privatization of public works; sees no conscious effort being made to benefit from utilizing the in-house staff instead of contracting out; jobs are being lost at a depression rate, therefore we should be expanding our staff instead of off-shoring jobs.

Robert Robinson -  thanked the Council and the Township Manager for all of the work they are doing for the Township; suggested TCT run a town recreation center.

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, .DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Hameeduddin.

Mayor Feit -  on the issue of River Road Parking, sending a letter will be part of the process, however Council will look into changing the wording as suggested; acknowledged that the purchase of the police vehicles is imperative, however the money is not available under the tax levy cap this year; the privatization of public works - some projects the Township takes on, such as asbestos remediation, require a specialist; if it is a one-time project then it will be contracted out; can not put someone on the payroll for short-term projects.

DM. Parker - projects that are contracted out are services that are not being provided by the town.

MISCELLANEOUS

1. Recycling Brochure (Council-Listed Item - DM. Parker).

DM. Parker will discuss at an upcoming meeting.

2. Garden Club Utilities.

C. Toffler - was under the impression that it had been removed from the budget; Township Manager stated that it was going to be paid for the remainder of the year.

C. Gussen - was also under the impression that the Township was no longer funding this program; requested the Manager come up with a proposal to extricate the Township from this expense as soon as possible.

Mayor Feit -  there would be only a minor savings for this year; should look at 2010 for extrication.

C. Katz - not in favor of cutting off the utilities in this facility.

C. Gussen - there is no legal obligation to maintain this enormous energy expense.

C. Toffler - this is a private club operating on Township property.

DM. Parker - suggested revisiting the issue to find out what the repercussions would be  if it is no longer funded by the Township.

Mr. Broughton - would like to further examine this issue to find out what exactly is being spent.

C. Toffler - when they sell plants, a select number of plants are made available to the public.

OLD BUSINESS

1. PAL Building.

C. Katz spoke of substantial funding available for the PAL building from the Bergen County Community Block Grant; would like to know if it is possible to pursue this venue.

DM. Parker - would the Township be making this application?

C. Katz - yes; a significant amount of work would be the handicapped-accessibility issue of the building.

C. Toffler - inquired if this is still a project to be done by volunteers.

C. Gussen - the project should cost the Township as little as possible.

Mayor Feit - requested the application to be drawn up as soon as possible.

Council concurred.

NEW BUSINESS

1. FAB - Public Meetings.

C. Toffler - the Financial Advisory Board is asking Council for support in holding one community meeting in late October, early November similar to the budget meeting; a large community meeting to speak about budget priorities; would be more structured; focused on revenue-generated ideas; gets the community involved in cost cutting. 

DM. Parker - feels it should be in conjunction with a Council meeting.

C. Gussen - stated that there is no harm or threat allowing the FAB to hold their own meeting; this is only empowering them; should see how it turns out.

C. Honis proposed a date of October 20th.

The consensus was to allow FAB to schedule their own meeting, as proposed.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Request for Endorsing Resolution - BCCD Grant Applications.
 
 a. Bridge Haven Housing.

The Executive Director (no name provided), AAH of Bergen County, 267 Pascack Road, Washington Township, NJ, gave a brief synopsis of what the Bridge Haven House which is located on Garrison Avenue, will be used for; the residence will be the home of five homeless, mentally ill gentlemen; the home provides 24-hour, 7-days per week coverage; the residents will either be attending a day program or working; prior to being accepted, the applicants are interviewed and their backgrounds are checked; applicants are not accepted if they have a history of drug/alcohol abuse or violence.

Mayor Feit questioned if this opportunity is afforded to Teaneck residents.

The Director stated that Teaneck residents would be welcomed, however as of this time no one from Teaneck has applied.

 b. Jewish Center of Teaneck.

Wallace Green, Administrative Director of  the Jewish Center of Teaneck, 70 Sterling Place - requested an endorsing resolution for several BCCD grants for handicapped accessible projects in the parking lot; they are requesting a ramp, a replacement for a rusted fire escape and an elevator.

 c. Shelter Our Sisters.

Elaine Myerson, Executive Director - requesting an annual grant of $12,000 for community development; been receiving funds for approximately 23 years.

Mayor Feit recommended all of the above be listed for endorsing resolutions at the next Council meeting.  Council concurred.

2. Request for Funding - Teaneck Comes Together.

DM. Parker recused herself from this discussion and left the dais.

Javalda Powell, 984 Sheffield Road; one of the cofounders of Teaneck Comes Together; they provide events for teens as well as their parents; provide informational, educational events coupled with social events; operating since the summer of 2006; they have held twelve positive, violent-free, drug-free events; bring together the business sector, schools, residents, government all in support of the Teaneck teens; requesting funding from the Township to be able to continue this program.

Rene Clark- discussed the TCT youth internship program; 15 hour training program on event planning, advocacy and leadership development; teens then complete community service; some of the previous interns have gone onto prestigious colleges; want the TCT youths to be committed to the Township in years to come,  come back and give back.

Stephanie Stiff, 38 Herrick Avenue - intern with this program; gave examples of some of the events that have taken place; the program provides constructive activities of the youth of Teaneck.

C. Katz - very supportive of Teaneck Comes Together; the funding is going for a great program.

C. Toffler - concurred; a terrible event turned into a wonderful organization; hopes this program grows in the future.

Mayor Feit - only concern is projecting for the 2010 budget; we should commit to the $3,000 for the event planned for October but wait to commit to the money for 2010, not that Council would not commit, but should wait and see where the budget leads.

C. Gussen - supports the $3,000 event and concurred on waiting for a commitment for 2010.

C. Katz - understands Council's concern on the budget, but holding up the full funding could put a damper on event planning for this committee.

Javalda Powell - submitted the plan for 2010; in the past, Council approved the yearly plan and the money was allocated as each event took place; the $12,000 helps the committee however, they rely on the support of others to keep this committee funded.

Mayor Feit - will wait until later in the meeting to make a decision.

COMMITTEE REPORTS - COUNCIL LIAISONS

Zoning Subcommittee.

Mayor Feit stated that there is an interest for additional medical offices in this town, which brings up an issue with parking; discussed the parking restrictions and the possibility of changing the ordinance to accommodate additional parking for medical facilities.

Council concurred.

TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

1. Purchase of Defibrillators.

Mr. Broughton spoke of the possibility of purchasing defibrillators and placing them in various facilities.

C. Toffler would like to see one be placed in the Municipal Building and one placed in the Rodda Center; they are expensive.

Mr. Broughton suggested the police and fire vehicles are adequately equipped with these machines prior to placing them in buildings; once they are in place, there is training required.

C. Katz  asked the Manager if it is possible to apply to the 200 Club for a possible donation of the defibrillators.

C. Honis stated there is pending legislation to supplement the purchase of the defibrillators in buildings such as the Rodda Center.

Mr. Broughton suggested we may want to place one in the Rodda Center sooner than later.

Mayor Feit requested that the Township Attorney research whether or not defibrillators may be considered a capital purchase.

2. Shared Services.

Mr. Broughton spoke about a meeting he attended in Trenton with C. Honis on August 31, 2009 regarding the process of shared services.

C. Honis - must look to our attorney to amend the original resolution, as it does not name Teaneck as the primary for DCA.

C. Gussen - apologized for not attending the meeting, as he was in labor and delivery!

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY'S REPORT

Mr. Turitz stated the attorney's report was given in Closed Session.

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion made, seconded and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned at 10:20 p.m.