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January 25, 2011 - Minutes - Open Session

Date: January 25, 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 25, 2011

 

 

Mayor Hameeduddin called the Open Session Meeting of the Teaneck Township Council to order at 8:01 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 (arrived at 9:25 p.m.),

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

 

1.            Promotions

 

a.            Fire Captain to Fire Battalion Chief – Township Manager Broughton spoke in honor of Captain Thomas Smith, a 24-year veteran and third-generation firefighter with the Teaneck Fire Department and swore him in as Battalion Chief.

 

b.            Fire Lieutenant to Fire Captain – Township Manager Broughton spoke in honor of Lieutenant Jordan Zaretsky and swore him in as Captain of the Teaneck Fire Department.

 

c.             Firefighter to Fire Lieutenant – Township Manager Broughton spoke in honor of Firefighter Edward Carrocino, an 18-year veteran of the Teaneck Fire Department and swore him in as Lieutenant.

 

 

 

 

2.            Arcari+Iovino Architects - Old Police Headquarters Renovations:

Presentation given by Anthony Iovino of Arcari+Iovino Architects on the renovations to the Old Police Building.  Mr. Iovino discussed the preliminary design work, usable space, costs and compliance to the American Disability Act.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin introduced Angela Wilkerson who spoke on behalf of the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corp. regarding the ‘Festival of Flavors’ fundraiser which will be held at the Jewish Center of Teaneck on March 3, 2011 at 7:30PM.

 

PUBLIC HEARING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE

 

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.

 

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

 

NONE.

 

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 names for the record.  Comments or questions shall be limited to five minutes per person.

 

Howard Rose, Teaneck – stated this would be his shortest speech, “get to it”.

 

Sharon Shilo Carol, Teaneck – spoke about Ordinance 4212 and presented questions on the park’s utilization.

 

Mark Fisher, President of the Rowing Club – spoke in support of Ordinance 4212.

 

Ken Shure, Teaneck – opposed to Ordinance 4212.

Al Milieto, Vice President of the Rowing Club – spoke in favor of Ordinance 4212 and the proposed boat dock.

 

AJ Mill, PA/FDU Student – spoke in favor of Ordinance 4212 and the boat dock.

 

There being no further persons wishing to speak concerning said ordinances, Mayor Hameeduddin declared that the public hearing on this ordinance was now closed.

 

Councilmember DM. Gussen moved to pass Ordinances # 4212 and 4213 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 C. Honis.

 

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

 

S. Turitz discussed permitting, Phase I and Phase II of the boat dock associated with Ordinance 4212.

 

C. Toffler reported that the residents of Academy Lane had no objection to the dock and boat house.

 

There being no further comments, Mayor Hameeduddin called on Ms. Evelina for a roll-call vote.

 

ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Opposed:            None.

 

Absent:                C. Katz (absent at time of vote)

 

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 wishing to be heard at this time shall come forward and state their names for the record.  Comments shall be limited to five minutes per person.

 

Leslie McKeon – opposed to the recent character assassination in public toward a Councilmember and touched on the recent shooting of a Congresswoman in Tucson, AZ.

 

Howard Rose, Teaneck – spoke on character assassination and asked Council to take action.  Also raised question on funding for ordinances.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin addressed earlier speaker on free speech.

 

S. Turitz advised of a legal memo he has prepared for Council regarding regulations on content of speech.

 

C. Toffler raised questions on ‘trust funds’ as to where the funds are kept.

 

S. Turitz spoke on trust funds and noted for example, the trustee of the Municipal Open Space Trust Fund was the Township.

 

Township Manager Broughton spoke on the contingency statement made by an earlier speaker and advised that these were budgeted items.

 

There being no further persons wishing to speak at this 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.

 

NONE.

 

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

 

NONE.

 

MINUTES

 

April 13, 2010 - Open Session Meeting (C. Toffler, Absent).

 

 

 

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

#21-11                  Refund 2009 and 2010 Taxes - Chief Financial Officer - Various

#22-11                  Refund 2010 Tax Overpayments - Chief Financial Officer - Various

#23-11                  Ratify Payments - Chief Financial Officer - December, 2010

#24-11                  Approve Budget Account Transfers - Chief Financial Officer - 2010

#25-11                  Ratify Issuance of Purchase Order - International Salt Company, LLC - December, 2010

#26-11                  Award Professional Services Contract - Garbarini & Co., P.C. - Auditing Services - 2010

#27-11                  Award Contract - Stanziale Construction - Resurfacing of Robinson Street

#28-11                  Rescind Municipal Consent - Plenary Retail Distribution Liquor License No. 0260-44-006-004

#29-11                  Appoint Member to Teaneck Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse Committee

#30-11                  Award Professional Services Contract - J. Dennis Kohler, Esq. - Public Defender – 2011

#31-11                  Award Professional Services Contract - Harold Ritvo, Esq. - PB/BOA Attorney

services - 2011

#32-11                  Award Professional Services Contract - Rogut McCarthy, LLC - Bond Counsel - 2011

#33-11.                 Award Professional Services Contract - Genova, Burns & Giantomasi - Labor Counsel - 2011

#34-11                  Award Professional Services Contract - Schwanewede/Hals Engineering - Engineering Consultants - 2011

 

BILL LIST

 

Ms. Evelina read the amount of the Bill List into the record. ($5,836,054.29)

 

Ms. Evelina noted Resolution #26-11 should read 2011, not 2010.

 

C. Stern 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 DM. Gussen.

 

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

 

ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Opposed:            None.

 

Absent:                C. Katz (absent at time of vote).

 

Abstained:          DM Gussen (Bill List Item #160674); C. Toffler (Minutes of April 13, 2010)

 

Mayor Hameeduddin declared that said items were passed.

 

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES

 

Councilmember Parker moved that the Ordinances be introduced and passed on first reading and that the Acting Clerk was 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 #4214 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE UNDERTAKING OF FIRE HOUSE SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $120,000 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 #4215 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE INSTALLATION OF FENCING AT VOTEE PARK IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $95,500 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 #4216 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE STORMWATER DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS AT NORTHUMBERLAND ROAD IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $60,000 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 #4217 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE VARIOUS IMPROVEMENTS TO THE GLENPOINTE SANITARY SEWER PUMP STATION IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $220,000 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.

 

Seconded by DM. Gussen.

 

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

 

NONE.

 

There being no further comments, Mayor Hameeduddin called on Ms. Evelina for a roll-call vote.

 

ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Opposed:            None.

 

Absent:                C. Katz (absent at time of vote).

 

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

NONE.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

NONE.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

DM. Gussen spoke on the January 14, 2011 email from a Councilmember and their recent actions.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin noted for the record that C. Katz arrived at 9:25 p.m.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

1.            Letter from Environmental Commission, dated January 6, 2011 requesting a survey on the ‘use’ at Votee Park and requested a meeting be held to discuss the status on the project.

 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS - COUNCIL LIAISONS

 

C. Parker noted the Youth Advisory Board will be holding a youth forum on January 31, 2011 at the Richard Rodda Center.

 

S. Turitz followed up on the Zoning Sub-Committees recommendations to move ahead with the medical overlay zone along Route 80 to Tryon Avenue on the Teaneck Road border; to amend to the current zoning on 3 non-residential lots, on Teaneck Road and Fort Lee Road, to provide non-retail use; and the rezoning along Route 4 on the north and south sides for the hotel zone.

 

COUNCIL-LISTED ITEMS

 

1.            Clean and Green Weekend (C. Parker)

 

C. Parker asked Council if any dates were set and C. Honis noted due to scheduling conflicts, no date was picked but did agree it would be sometime in May or June.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin noted the discussions held in closed session were of the contractual agreements and the establishment of a ‘special meeting’ to discuss personnel matters will be held on February 1, 2011.

 

DM. Gussen made a motion to approve Resolution #35-11 adding the ‘special meeting’ to be held on February 1, 2011 to the 2011 meeting dates.  All of Council was in favor.

 

TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

 

Manager Broughton advised that a Recycling Presentation will be given on February 23, 2011, at 12:30PM at the Rodda Center to answer any questions the residents may have on the new program.  Manager Broughton further noted that this presentation would be given by Recycling Coordinator/Director of Public Works Fran Wilson.  C. Parker asked for a night presentation as well for those how work.

 

Manager Broughton touched on Ward Plaza regarding the parking and advised that 20 surveys were sent out an approximately 5 have been returned.

 

Manager Broughton advised the recycling receptacles were set to be shipped out on January 26, 2011.  He noted due to storage, the shipments are in quantities of 2000; the manufactures production period is 60–90 days; first 2000 receptacles were gone in one and half months.

 

Manager Broughton advised that estimates were received for the sill repairs at the PAL Building.

 

Manager Broughton spoke on the installation of parking meters on Cedar Lane and The Plaza and noted having difficulty reaching out to the muni-meter company.

 

 

 

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY’S REPORT

 

NONE.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

C. Parker moved to adjourn.  Seconded by DM. Gussen.

 

ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Opposed:            None.

 

Absent:                None.