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January 11, 2011 - Minutes - Open Session

Date: January 11, 2011
Time: 8:00 PM

MINUTES OF THE OPEN SESSION MEETING OF

THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL

HELD IN THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON

TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2011

 

Mayor Hameeduddin called the Open Session Meeting of the Teaneck Township Council to order at 8:05 p.m. and asked all those present to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Absent:            None.

 

Also Present:   S. Turitz/W. Rupp - Ferrara, Turitz, Harraka, & Goldberg, Esqs.; W. Broughton, Township Manager/Acting Municipal Clerk; J. Evelina, Senior Clerk; I. Abbasi, Executive Assistant.

 

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by Resolution 331-10, setting the 2011 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.

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

NONE.

 

PUBLIC HEARING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE

 

Ms. Evelina read the Ordinances by title only.

 

ORDINANCE #4209 - AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND SUPPLEMENT CHAPTER 29C OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, ENTITLED "RENT CONTROL" AS AMENDED BY ORDINANCE 4199.

 

ORDINANCE #4210 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 38, ENTITLED "STORMWATER CONTROLS" OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.

 

ORDINANCE #4211 - AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH THE SALARY FOR THE POSITION OF SUPERVISING PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATOR IN THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK POLICE DEPARTMENT.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin inquired whether any member of the Council had any comments respecting these ordinances prior to opening the public hearing.

 

Council did not have any comments prior to the public hearing on the adoption of ordinances.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin declared that the public hearings on the above ordinances were now open.  Any members of the public wishing to be heard on any of said ordinances or to ask questions concerning said ordinances may come forward and state their name for the record.  Comments or questions shall be limited to five minutes per person.

 

Neila Desherer, spoke in opposition of Ordinance #4209 and suggested the Council consider other provisions for future ordinances.

 

Deputy Mayor Gussen moved to pass Ordinances #4209, 4210, 4211 on second and final reading and adopt.  The Township Acting Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to advertise same according to law.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Parker.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin inquired whether any member of the Council had any comments respecting these ordinances.

 

No member of Council commented on the respective ordinances.

 

ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Opposed:         C. Stern (#4209)

 

Absent:            None.

 

Abstained:       None.

 

Recused:         C. Katz (#4209)

 

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

 

NONE.

 

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

 

Howard Rose, Teaneck, congratulated Council for their step in crafting Ordinance #4212.  He also raised concerns about snow plowing procedures and asked for suggestions on how the public can assist the DPW workers clearing snow off streets.

 

Mark Fisher, Teaneck, spoke in favor of Ordinance #4212 regarding the building of the dock and boat house in Andreas Park.

 

Richard Siegel, Teaneck, spoke about an alleged Twin Town relationship with West Bank town of Beit Yatir and requested that Council nullify said alleged agreement.

 

Ken Shore, Teaneck, discussed his opposition to Ordinance #4212 and alleged that the Master Plan did not include a dock for a boat launch in Andreas Park.  He requested that Council consider voting down the ordinance.

 

Al Medioli, Teaneck, commented that the Rowing Club is for Teaneck residents and discussed the relationship of the Club with the Township that resulted in Ordinance #4212.

 

Jim Norman, Teaneck, noted that he greatly admired the position of both the Environmental Commission and the Teaneck Rowing Club.  He also proclaimed his support for the Rowing Club regarding Ordinance #4212.

 

Norma Goetz, Teaneck, affirmed that the Environmental Commission is not against a boat launch at Andreas Park.   However, she noted that the foot print was much too large and claimed it violated the 50-foot buffer in the Township Development Code.

Clifford Frank (sic), Teaneck, discussed the membership growth of the Teaneck High School Crew Team; the impact of budget cuts on same; and hoped to see Ordinance #4212 as a co-op between public/private entities.

 

Erin Carp, Teaneck, spoke about the positive impact that rowing had on his life and supports Ordinance #4212.

 

Jack Aker, Teaneck, thanked the Council and the Rowing Club for their efforts and Council for considering Ordinance #4212.

 

Jordan Wouk, New York, spoke about the Hackensack River Greenway Advisory Board’s approval for the boat launch at Andreas Park.  He commented that the location was not ideal, but few alternatives exist.

 

Art Vatsky, Teaneck, commented about the 2011 proposed budget; the Township’s energy budget; fuel costs; heating costs of the Rodda Center; and the equipping of new police vehicles.

 

Emil Lebovich, discussed ethics and a recent event regarding a Councilmember.

 

Leslie McKeon, Teaneck, spoke about prior comments made regarding a Councilmember.

 

Ray Moore, Teaneck, felt that accusatory behavior does not serve Township well and reminded Council that their decisions are based on the people who elected them.

 

Dr. Alex Rashin, Teaneck, recommended that Council keep in mind expenses when voting on ordinances involving bonding or large costs.  He also asked for an explanation regarding the Homestead rebate for senior residents.

 

Ron Costello, Teaneck, suggested that matters involving motor vehicle violations be dealt with in court.

 

There being no further persons who wished to speak at that time, Mayor Hameeduddin declared that the public comment portion of the meeting was now closed.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin 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.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin reminded residents that a Reverse 9-1-1 system is enacted during snow emergencies and explained the process of parking during a snow emergency.  He further remarked that the Township does not delve into the matters of private organizations and expressed his support for the proposed boat house in Ordinance #4212.

 

Township Manager William Broughton added that residents should not attempt to instruct those plowing the roads where to plow.  He also commended the Department of Public Works for their valiant efforts in plowing the Township’s roadways.

 

C. Toffler expressed concern regarding the setting of the thermostat at the Richard Rodda Center and the statements made by members of the public regarding the private affairs of Council members.

 

C. Katz lauded the Department of Public Works for their efforts in maintaining roadways clear of snow and confirmed the terms of the agreement in Ordinance #4212 via Mr. Turitz.

 

C. Honis joined fellow council members by applauding the efforts of our Public Works Department in all of the year’s snow falls.

 

C. Parker declared her support for Ordinance #4212 and added that everyone has their day in court if accused of an offense.

 

Deputy Mayor Gussen commended members of the Rowing Club for helping find a solution to a problem instead of complaining and doing nothing.

 

C. Toffler added her support to Ordinance #4212.

 

S. Turitz noted that the matter of Ordinance #4212 will need Site Plan Approval before the Planning Board.

 

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.

 

RAFFLES

 

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

 

NONE.

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

3-11.                Adopt 2011 Temporary Budget

4-11.                Adopt 2011 Annual Cash Management Plan

5-11.                Accept Two-Year Renewal Plan - Delta Dental Plan of New Jersey, Inc.

6-11.                Authorize Agreement - Benefit Tax Link, LLC - IRS Approved Flexible Spending Plans

7-11.                Authorize Issuance of Purchase Order - Betts Environmental Services Corporation - Repairs of DPW Gasoline Tank

8-11.                Ratify Issuance of Purchase Order - T.M. Fitzgerald & Associates - N.J. State Contract A72330

9-11.                Ratify Issuance of Purchase Order - Warnock Ford - Mason Dump and Pick-Up Trucks

10-11.              Award Professional Services Contract - Arcari+Iovino Architects, P.C. - Library Heating System Improvements

11-11.              Authorize Submission of Application - Tree City USA Re-Certification

12-11.              Authorize Submission of Annual Accomplishment Report - Community Forestry Management Plan

13-11.              Award Contract - Stanziale Construction, LLC - Resurfacing of Queen Anne Road, Section 7

14-11.              Appoint C-3 Licensed Operator - Sanitary Sewer Collection System - 2011

15-11.              Refund 2009 and 2010 Taxes - Chief Financial Officer - Various

16-11.              Authorize Tax Collector To Charge Additional Penalties on Tax Delinquencies

17-11.              Authorize Agreement with County of Bergen - Firefighting Equipment

18-11.              Endorse BCCD Grant Application - Jewish Family Service - Physical Plant Improvements

 

BILL LIST

 

NONE.

 

Deputy Mayor Gussen 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 Councilwoman Toffler.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin called on Ms. Evelina for a roll-call vote.

 

 

 

 

ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            C. Stern.

 

Abstained:       None.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin declared said items were passed.

 

 

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES

 

Councilmember Katz moved that the Ordinances be introduced and passed on first reading and that the Acting Clerk is hereby 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.

 

Ms. Evelina read the Ordinances by title only.

 

ORDINANCE #4212 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A USE AND OCCUPANCY AGREEMENT WITH THE TEANECK ROWING CLUB FOR CERTAIN TOWNSHIP-OWNED FACILITIES LOCATED AT MARIE W. ANDREAS PARK, ALSO DESIGNATED AS LOT 1 IN BLOCK 1301 AS SHOWN ON THE TAX MAP OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK.

 

ORDINANCE #4213 - AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $84,708.00 FROM THE MUNICIPAL OPEN SPACE RECREATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION TRUST FUND OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK AND APPROPRIATING $84,708.00 AS A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FOR THE REHABILITATION OF THE SPORTS FIELDS AT VOTEE PARK FUNDED FROM THE BERGEN COUNTY OPEN SPACE, RECREATION, FARMLAND AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION TRUST FUND.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Honis.

 

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

 

NONE.

 

ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            C. Stern.

 

Abstained:       None.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin declared that said ordinances were duly introduced and passed on first reading.

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

None.

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

None.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

1.   Letter from Environmental Commission, dated January 6, 2011

 

The above referenced matter will be re-listed for the January 25, 2011 meeting.

 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS - COUNCIL LIAISONS

 

C. Parker commented that the starting date for Leadership Teaneck has been moved to the fall season due to scheduling and she along with C. Honis and C. Toffler will return to the Council with changes.

 

COUNCIL-LISTED ITEMS

 

1.         Teaneck Road Medical Overlay (Mayor Hameeduddin)

 

S. Turitz reported that the Zoning Subcommittee has met and contacted the planner who is addressing this item.  The planner will be moving forward with this item in the next 30 days.

 

TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

 

Manager Broughton noted that the presentation by Arcari + Iovinno has been re-scheduled due to the pending inclement weather.  He reported that the Township has submitted the necessary documentation for bronze status with Sustainable Jersey.  He also spoke about the new recycling program; misprints in the new recycling calendar; and the availability of recycling barrels.

 

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY’S REPORT

 

None.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Councilmember Katz moved to adjourn at 9:24 p.m.

 

Seconded by Deputy Mayor Gussen.

 

ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.

 

Abstained:       None.