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November 9, 2009 Open Session Minutes

Date: November 9, 2009
Time: 8:00 PM

MINUTES OF THE OPEN SESSION MEETING OF
THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL
HELD IN THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2009


ROLL CALL 

Present: C. Gussen (arrived at 8:08 p.m.), C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz,
  (arrived 8:09 p.m.), C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

Absent: None.

Also Present: S. Turitz - Ferrara, Turitz, Harraka, & Goldberg, Esqs; W. Broughton, Municipal Manager;
  L. Aportela-Hernandez, Municipal Clerk; J. L. Evelina, Senior Clerk.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENT

Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by Resolution 342-08, setting the 2009 meeting dates, and Resolution 283-09 amending 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.

ROLL CALL   

MOTION TO GO INTO CLOSED SESSION

CLOSED SESSION DISCUSSION

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENT

Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by Resolution 342-08, setting the 2009 meeting dates, and Resolution 283-09 amending 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 the public of the following: the next Council Meeting is scheduled for November 23, 2009.  The Municipal Offices will be closed on November 11, 2009 in observance of Veteran's Day.  The Veteran's Day Observance is scheduled for November 11, 2009 at 11 a.m. on the Municipal Green.  The Teaneck Film Festival is scheduled for November 20, 2009.  Council met in Closed Session for the purposes of discussing the Romeo matter.

PRESENTATIONS
Proclamation of November as Caregiver Month.
No one attended.
COMMUNICATIONS

1. Request for Endorsing BCCD Grant Resolution
 a.  The Children's Village, Inc.

Rosemary McCain appeared and explained that the purpose of the application was to fund the daycare center. 

Council approved, and a Resolution endorsing the BCCD Grant will be listed on the November 23, 2009 Council Agenda.

 b.  Jewish Family Service.
Julie Brown appeared and explained that the grant will provide counseling, referrals, etc. to domestic violence victims and requested municipal consent.

Council approved, and a Resolution endorsing the BCCD Grant will be listed on the November 23, 2009 Council Agenda.

 c.  Brightside Manor.

Erica Dankovitz, Assistant Administrator and Elizabeth Davis appeared.  They explained that they are applying for Home Program Funds and Bergen County Community Development Block Grant Funds.

Council approved, and a Resolution endorsing the BCCD Grant will be listed on the November 23, 2009 Council Agenda.

PUBLIC HEARINGS AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES

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

ORDINANCE #4152 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE ACQUISITION OF RADIO COMMUNICATIONS UPGRADE EQUIPMENT IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $225,000 TO PAY THE COST THEREOF, TO MAKE A DOWN PAYMENT, TO AUTHORIZE THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS TO FINANCE SUCH APPROPRIATION AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES IN ANTICIPATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF SUCH BONDS.

ORDINANCE #4153 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

ORDINANCE #4154 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

ORDINANCE #4155 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

ORDINANCE #4156 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

ORDINANCE #4157 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

ORDINANCE #4158 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

ORDINANCE #4159 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

Mayor Feit inquired whether any member of the Council had any comments with respect to these ordinances prior to opening the public hearing.

C. Gussen stated that the titles of the bond ordinances provide the public with a clear idea of their purpose.  However, the titles of the traffic ordinances seem mundane, and there is not enough information and requested additional information on agenda.

DM. Parker requested that the Clerk include of summarization of these ordinances on the Agenda.

Mayor Feit declared public hearings on the above ordinances open.  Members of the public who wished to be heard on any of said ordinances or to ask questions concerning said ordinances came forward and stated their name and address for the record.  Comments or questions were limited to five minutes per person.

Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive - spoke about Ordinance #4152 and questioned whether Council coordinated all communication contracts.  She further questioned if there was "forward planning" and if all departments discussed the matter.

There having been no further persons who wished to speak concerning said ordinances, Mayor Feit declared  the public hearings on these ordinances closed.

C. Katz moved that Ordinance #s 4152, 4153, 4154, 4155, 4156, 4157, 4158 and 4159 be passed on second and final reading.  (The Clerk was directed to advertise same according to law).  Seconded by C. Honis.

Mayor Feit inquired whether any member of the Council had any comments with respect to these ordinances.

No members of Council commented.

There having been no further comments, Mayor Feit called on the Clerk for a roll-call vote.

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: None.

Mayor Feit declared that said ordinances were duly adopted.

MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR GOOD AND WELFARE OR PUBLIC INPUT ON ANY MATTERS ON THIS AGENDA

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

Mayor Feit informed the public that the bond ordinances are related to all new radio communications which is changing on the federal level.  This is something that needs to be phased in, and Township will be doing same in stages.

Manager Broughton confirmed that these changes have taken place, and the changes are a coordinated effort.

Mayor Feit declared that any members of the public who wished to be heard come forward and state their names and addresses for the record.  Comments were limited to five minutes per person.

Bruce Shapiro, Lydia Russo, Jerry Nieman, Nancy Zaslow (New Jersey Association of Realtors) - spoke about the Township's current development regulations pertaining to open house directional signs and requested that an ordinance permitting signal real estate open house signs, used on Sundays by realtors be adopted.  They referenced farmers market signs that obstruct the public right-of-way and service non-residents.  They stated that directional signs will allow for high occupancy, as there are over 200 homes for sale in Teaneck.

Ronn Costello - 229 Shepard Avenue - thanked the Township Manager for a rapid response with respect to concerns he had about increased criminal activity in his area.  As a result of his rapid response and the police increasing surveillance, residents now feel safe in his area.  He also questioned the status of the resurfacing in his area and requested that this be completed on an expedited basis.

Scott Pleasants - 1625 Irene Court - acknowledged that sidewalk installation is a cost issue; however several children are seen walking down the street and not on sidewalks.  He suggested that the area be safeguarded by barricading the kids or providing a walkway.

Helene Manuel - 468 Churchill Road - stated that his neighbor has done extensive work to property, and in the process, an oak tree was chopped down.  Their properties abut, and he questioned if the Township must approve removal of healthy trees.  She reached out to other municipalities, and these municipalities have ordinances prohibiting the destruction of healthy trees.  She urged Council to preserve trees, requested the establishment of a commission.  She also promoted Bergen Philharmonic.

Joe Palazolla, Retired Fire Deputy Chief - stated that he expected a call after 30 days regarding his time.  He received no return calls, as he was told that he was represented by legal counsel when in fact, he was not.  He has been retired since June 1st and is not part of any litigation with the union.  He requested that he be given  what is owed to him.

Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive - spoke about Resolution #348-09 and questioned the transferring of funds.  She urged Council to save on utilities and legal fee costs.  She spoke about Resolutions #338-09, #339-09 and #341-09.  She suggested that Council eliminate professional services contractors.  She also questioned the process by which signage permits are issued.  She spoke about Council Meetings and the notification to the public.

Mayor Feit declared that the public comment portion of the meeting was closed.

Mayor Feit 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. Gussen clarified the sign and encroachment processes to Ms. Davis.

C. Katz expressed support for realtor signs and requested a sample of what the realtors requested for Council's reference.

C. Toffler expressed support for the realtor signs.

Mayor Feit requested that this matter be listed for discussion at the next meeting.

C. Katz suggested that the complaint with respect to the current condition of sidewalks be forwarded to the Planning Board.

Mr. Broughton responded that he will examine the matter.

C. Gussen responded to the resident who raised the issue of children walking in the street in the absence of sidewalks.  He suggested that the Teaneck Police Department Traffic Bureau and the Youth Advisory Board education the community on pedestrian safety, as in the absence of sidewalks, there are crosswalks. 

Mr. Broughton responded that he will investigate the sidewalk issue.  He stated that each year budgetary transfers take place for the purposes of legal counsel.  He informed that the Council's budget is used to pay bills, not to pay Council.  With respect to electricity, the Township is always looking for ways to cut costs, and stated that the Township has a current full-time engineer who needs assistance as a result of the volume of work.

C. Gussen spoke about the Shade Tree Advisory Board and stated that there is no limitation on the number of members.

DM. Parker questioned if there is an ongoing review of existing contracts to see if it would be more cost effective to hire an additional engineer.

Mr. Broughton will review.  He stated that Schwanewede has a full understanding of Township, and the Township is getting a full value, regardless of the presence of the Township Engineer.

DM. Parker requested that Mr. Turitz provide an explanation with respect to legal fees.

Mr. Turitz advised that the costs were reflective of arbitrations, layoffs and furlough issues.  These matters  - generated 5 challengers, four cases being filed, specifically, Thompson, Romeo and two by Gourrier.  Also, one was filed with civil service and one was filed in Superior Court.  Further, there were basic issues with COAH that generated monies. 

In response to Mr. Palazolla, despite his statements, there is a current case pending which is challenging the layoffs.  Regardless of who is paying, Mr. Fox named Mr. Palazolla as a Petitioner.  The Township has  requested something in writing from Mr. Fox to confirm that he does not represent Mr. Palazolla.  To date, no such confirmation has been received.  No previous employee that has received termination leave has ever threatened litigation.  His position is that Council does not pay on these significant payments until such time as the Township receives a Release from the Deputy Chiefs.  With respect to engineering consultants, having an outside engineer comes with insurance, and this is beneficial to the Township.  The installation of a project gives another pocket of insurance that the Township does not have to fund.

C. Toffler questioned when Shepard Avenue would be paved.

Mr. Broughton stated that the contract for this project was awarded, and he will obtain a date for Council.

 

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. 

MINUTES

September 8, 2009 - Regular Meeting (C. Hameeduddin - Absent).
October 6, 2009 - Closed Session Meeting - Approved for Content Only.
October 13, 2009 - Closed Session Meeting - Approved for Content Only (C. Hameeduddin - Absent).

RESOLUTIONS

332-09  Authorize Issuance of Purchase Order - Rodgers Group, LLC.
333-09  Rescind Municipal Consent - 2009/2010 Liquor Licenses - #0260-44-010-010 &      #0260-33-015-004.
334-09  Award Contract - Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. - Lightning Detection System.
335-09  Award Contract - Nature's Choice Corporation - Recycling of Garden Debris.
336-09  Designate Official Newspapers - 2010.
337-09  Appropriate $21,300 from Capital Improvement Fund - Outside Engineering Services - Ardsley   Court Resurfacing and Drainage Improvements.
338-09  Award Professional Services Contract - Schwanewede/Hals Engineering - Ardsley Court    Resurfacing and Drainage Improvements.
339-09  Award Professional Services Contract - McCabe Environmental Services, LLC - Old Police   Department Headquarters Building.
340-09  Appropriate $21,500 from Capital Improvement Fund - Outside Engineering Services -     Greenbelt Walkway Improvements.
341-09  Award Professional Services Contract - Schwanewede/Hals Engineering - Greenbelt Walkway   Improvements.
342-09  Ratify Issuance of Purchase Order - W.E. Timmerman Company - Repairs to DPW Vehicle    #62.
343-09  Award Contract - Paporello Brothers, Inc. - Rental of Leaf / Snow Removal & Snow Plowing    Equipment - 2009/2010 & 2010/2011 Seasons.
344-09  Authorize Encroachment Into Public Right-of-Way - 494-504B Cedar Lane.
345-09  Authorize Execution of Agreement - 2009 Bergen County Road Resurfacing Program.
346-09  Authorize Reduction of Performance Guarantee - Teaneck Road Group, LLC.
347-09  Amend 2009 Budget - Pedestrian Safety Education and Enforcement Grant.
348-09  Approve Transfers of 2009 Budget Accounts.
349-09  Authorize Encroachment Into Public Right-of-Way - 174 State Street.
350-09  Authorize Execution of Agreement with County - Snow Plowing Operations on County Roads -   2009-2010.

BILL LIST

The Clerk read the amount of the Bill List into the record.  ($8,425,794.72)

C. Toffler spoke about Resolution #335-09.

C. Toffler moved to approve the Consent Agenda, including Minutes, Resolutions, and Bill List, and to dispense with the reading of same inasmuch as it has been posted on the bulletin board all day.  Seconded by  Mayor Feit.

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

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

Opposed: None.

Abstained: DM. Parker (Check #156313).
 
Absent: C. Katz (at time of vote).

Mayor Feit declared said items were passed.

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES

C. Gussen moved that the following Ordinances be introduced and passed on first reading and that the Clerk be authorized and directed to publish the required legal notice of the introduction thereof, together with a notice of the place, time, and date on which a public hearing will be held on said ordinances, and on which said ordinances will be considered for final adoption.  Seconded by C. Hameeduddin.

ORDINANCE #4160 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS OF WARD PLAZA AS A GENERAL IMPROVEMENT AND APPROPRIATING AN ADDITIONAL $604,766.00 TO BE ENTIRELY FUNDED BY A GRANT UNDER THE FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM.

ORDINANCE #4161 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED "TRAFFIC" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

ORDINANCE #4162 - AN ORDINANCE ADDING SECTION 36-11.3 RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF RESTRICTED RESIDENT DECAL PARKING TO ARTICLE II, "PARKING," DIVISION 1 "GENERALLY," IN CHAPTER 36 OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE ENTITLED "TRAFFIC".

ORDINANCE #4163 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTIONS 36-32.17, 36-32.17.1 AND 36-32.17.2 OF ARTICLE II OF CHAPTER 36  OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE RELATING TO RESIDENT DECAL PARKING IN THE RIVER ROAD AND STATE STREET MUNICIPAL PARKING LOTS AND RESIDENT/COMMUTER PARKING.

ORDINANCE #4164 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE 2009 ROAD RESURFACING AND CURB IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $400,000 TO PAY THE COST THEREOF, TO MAKE A DOWN PAYMENT, TO AUTHORIZE THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS TO FINANCE SUCH APPROPRIATION AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES IN ANTICIPATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF SUCH BONDS.

ORDINANCE #4165 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE STORMWATER DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS AT ARDSLEY COURT IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $275,000 TO PAY THE COST THEREOF, TO MAKE A DOWN PAYMENT, TO AUTHORIZE THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS TO FINANCE SUCH APPROPRIATION AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES IN ANTICIPATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF SUCH BONDS.

ORDINANCE #4166 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE IMPROVEMENTS TO VOTEE PARK POOL IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $200,000 TO PAY THE COST THEREOF, TO MAKE A DOWN PAYMENT, TO AUTHORIZE THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS TO FINANCE SUCH APPROPRIATION AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES IN ANTICIPATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF SUCH BONDS.

ORDINANCE #4167 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE RESTORATION AND DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS AT THE GREENBELT WALKWAY IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $200,000 TO PAY THE COST THEREOF, TO MAKE A DOWN PAYMENT, TO AUTHORIZE THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS TO FINANCE SUCH APPROPRIATION AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES IN ANTICIPATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF SUCH BONDS.

ORDINANCE #4168 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE SANITARY SEWER TRUNK LINE REPLACEMENT AT PERRY LANE AND LOZIER PLACE IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $156,000 TO PAY THE COST THEREOF, TO MAKE A DOWN PAYMENT, TO AUTHORIZE THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS TO FINANCE SUCH APPROPRIATION AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES IN ANTICIPATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF SUCH BONDS.


Mayor Feit inquired as to whether any Councilmember wished to comment upon the motion to introduce.

DM. Parker requested introductory ordinances be presented to Council at Workshop Meetings prior to introduction, ie. pertaining to police cars.

C. Gussen responded that Council has conducted extensive discussions on police cars, and the Council may pull any Ordinance if need be.

Mr. Turitz advised Council that from the staff's point of view, ordinances are placed on the agenda and Council can pull any item if they should want to question anything.  He requested direction from the Council, and suggested that this matter be listed for discussion first or in the formal manner of introduction to move issues along.

C. Hameeduddin questioned the implementation of the Manager's Report.

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

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

Opposed: None.

Recused: C. Honis (Ordinance #4168).

Absent: None.

Mayor Feit declared that said ordinances were duly introduced.

MISCELLANEOUS

None.

OLD BUSINESS

DM. Parker questioned Phase 2 of the website, and the Manager stated that there are issues with contractor.

Mr. Broughton informed that he is having difficulty contacting the contractor for the purposes of building on the website, and to date, only one day of training has been scheduled.

C. Toffler informed that she met with the contractor at her home at which time they spoke of existing issues, and she suggested that the Council Subcommittee sit down with the contractor for the purposes of defining the scope of the contract.

Mr. Broughton responded that there is no need to define the scope of the contract, as this is all set forth in the existing contract.  He informed that he met with officials from Manalapan last week to discuss their website.  The officials informed that the site took a couple of months to establish and at the cost of $5,000.

DM. Parker stated that the concern is the product and not the process, and suggested that if the contractor is not doing his job, the contract be terminated.

C. Gussen questioned if Councilwoman Toffler met with contractor at her home to redefine his scope of work.

C. Toffler responded that she had the contractor to her home for the purposes of discussing his communication with the Township at which time she suggested that he negotiate with Mr. Broughton and not the Council.

C. Gussen expressed his objection to council members informally inviting contractors to their homes.

Council requested that Mr. Turitz meet with Mr. Broughton on this issue and report back to Council.

NEW BUSINESS

1. Nominations - Financial Advisory Board.

C. Katz nominated Asif Mustafa.  Seconded by C. Honis.

A resolution authorizing his appointment will be drafted for the November 23, 2009 Meeting.

2. 2010 Council Budget.

C. Gussen reported that the Manager has conducted the respective meetings.  He and C. Toffler met with   department heads.  He stated that with respect to the Council Budget, all of Council should be included with the associated goals.  He requested that the last three (3) years of Council Budgets be redistributed to Council.

COMMITTEE REPORTS - COUNCIL LIAISONS

C. Gussen reported on the Parks, Playgrounds and Recreation Advisory Board.  He informed that the Board met; however, he was not able to attend.  He expressed the Board's support for Resolution #334-09.

DM. Parker met last week with the Social Service Advisory Board.  She informed there will be a Social Services Fair this spring.  She informed that the Board plans to partner with the Board of Education and private and charter schools to urge parents to come.  The event should take place during the first week of April.  Council approved.

COUNCIL-LISTED ITEMS

1. TEDC (C. Toffler).

C. Toffler requested that Mr. Turitz provide an explanation of the Teaneck Economic Development Corporation.

Mr. Turitz stated that this entity was a separate 5013c established years ago.  This was a separate legal entity.  The Cedar Lane Management Group was was broken off under the auspices of the Township, and the Teaneck Economic Development Corporation remained a legal entity and non-profit under State Laws.  It is a separate organization consisting of thirteen (13) members on file.  Prior to September of this year, the record indicates  nine (9) members signed withdrawal papers.  The TEDC is 100 percent legal.  People have autonomy in some cases, upon governing bodies appointing, and Council's authority rests with Teaneck Economic Development Corporation.

C. Gussen stated that the term is "bifurcation".  He continuously voiced his concern with respect to the number of members and the process by which they are appointed.  The worst case scenario has occurred, and this is that the Township is without any control. 

C. Honis stated that she served as Council Liaison to the Corporation.  She mentioned her appearance at a Teaneck Economic Development Corporation meeting wherein Council was present and she chose to leave the meeting, as the Council was not very nice towards the public.

C. Gussen stated that this meeting took place after the Council decided to withhold funding.

DM. Parker expressed her disappointment with the way the funding was taken away from the Board.

Mr. Turitz reminded Council that it was suggested that another entity be created at that time.  He stated that there was more paperwork but the purpose of that type of organization was cumbersome in terms of process but not an obstacle.

C. Toffler reported on the Teaneck Business Road Alliance.  She raised one issue, specifically, there has been discussion about increasing the Alliance by incorporating Queen Anne Road.  She stated that the relationship to Council must clearly be spelled out.

Mr. Turitz advised that the Board meet with Mr. Broughton to discuss legalities and possibilities. 

C. Gussen questioned if it could be salvaged, and Mr. Turitz responded that the Teaneck Economic Development Corporation has their own legal counsel and auditor.  As a result, the Council must avoid a conflict of interest issue.  He reminded Council that the Manager could always be contacted with questions.

2. Meeting Locations for Council subcommittees, Statutory Boards and Advisory Boards (C. Toffler).

Mr. Turitz advised that the Township's Ordinances state that the committees of the Council are to meet in public buildings.  In going back to old procedures, it seems that the intent is to always meet and give the Clerk a list of meetings for the Clerk to find space and advertise.  Some boards are required to meet pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, and the idea is for the Clerk to be the clearing house for these boards.

C. Gussen stated that in terms of advisory boards, their meetings generally have always been open to the public, and he would like a clear distinction between subcommitttees and advisory boards.

Mr. Turitz responded that if one read the Advisory Board Guidelines, the boards are to provide a list of dates to the Clerk.

C. Gussen questioned that if all members of Council or public are included at all meetings of boards and committees, and he requested that that specific language be developed to determine same.

DM. Parker stated that the Youth Advisory Board has occasionally met at Starbucks, and Mr. Turitz confirmed the Starbucks is constituted as a public place, and therefore this meeting place is permissive.

Mr. Turitz advised that a new state law will become part of package, and the Council will have this in November.

3. Budget Priorities (C. Toffler).

C. Toffler stated that in looking at the percentage to see where the greatest percentages have gone over the years, she is hoping that residents will think about their own budget priorities.

4. Appointment of New Chairperson - POAB (Mayor Feit).

C. Hameeduddin advised that he has not spoken with the Board as of yet.  As Council Liaison, he has requested that a meeting of the Board be scheduled at which time he can appear for the purposes of opening the meeting.  This subject matter will be listed as an item for discussion, and once a Chairperson has been appointed, he will advise accordingly. 

TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

1. Request to Remove Sidewalks - Pinewood Place.

Mr. Broughton informed that there is a small section of sidewalk that leads to nowhere, and he is requesting Council's permission to remove same. 

C. Gussen questioned if these sidewalks will never be replaced once removed.  He questioned if the removal of something that should be there will affect future homeowners, etc.

Mr. Broughton responded that once removed, if the sidewalks are a requirement, this will take place at the cost of the homeowner.

2. Retirement of Health Officer/Appointment of Acting Health Officer.

Mr. Broughton reported on Mr. Fisher's Retirement Celebration.

3. Turf Field - Votee Park.

Mr. Broughton informed Council that he is currently working on this with Mr. Langford and Mr. Hoffman.  He will report back to Council.

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY'S REPORT

Mr. Turitz advised that Council will return to Closed Session for the purposes of conducting the Clerk's evaluation.

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion made, seconded and unanimously carried, the Open Session Meeting was adjourned for the purposes of returning to Closed Session at 9:30 p.m.