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February 8, 2011 Council Meeting Minutes

Date: February 8, 2011
Time: 8:00 PM

MINUTES OF THE OPEN SESSION MEETING OF

THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL

HELD IN THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING COUNCIL CHAMBERS

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2011

 

Mayor Hameeduddin called the Open Session Meeting of the Teaneck Township Council to order at 8:03 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:               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.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin announced that the Municipal Building will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 21, 2011, and the next televised public meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 in the Council Chambers at 7 PM with public input at 8 PM.  Mayor Hameeduddin informed the public that the Council met in Closed Session where Council took action on a personnel matter.  Mayor Hameeduddin requested that Council go out of order with the agenda by holding the Terpsichoreans’ presentation first in order for them to return to practice.

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

I.                   Teaneck Terpsichoreans.

 

Councilwoman Honis presented the Terpsichoreans with a Proclamation from the Township thanking them for their efforts during their 40 years in the community under the director of Cheryl Miller-Porter.  C. Honis further remarked that the Terpsichoreans, under Ms. Miller-Porter, this modern dance club established in 1971, provided a work space for young students to be trained in aspects of dance.  This Organization provides life skills in an environment for young men and women to reach their full potential under the direction of Ms. Cheryl Miller-Porter.  The Township Council proclaimed February 13th through February 20th, 2011 as Teaneck Terpsichoreans Week.

 

 

RESOLUTION #38-11 - APPOINT JAIME L. EVELINA, RMC, AS THE TOWNSHIP CLERK OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK

 

C. Stern moved to approve Resolution #38-11, and asked to dispense with the reading of same inasmuch as it has been posted on the bulletin board all day.  Seconded by C. Katz.

 

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

 

ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.

 

Abstained:       None.

 

 

2.         Oath of Office - Jaime L. Evelina, RMC, Township Clerk

 

The Manager and employees presented Ms. Evelina with a corsage and flowers.  Manager Broughton spoke in honor of Ms. Evelina and swore her in the Township's new Municipal Clerk.  Manager Broughton then placed a "Teaneck" lapel pin on Ms. Evelina.  Ms. Evelina delivered a "thank you" speech and each member of Council commended Ms. Evelina on her character, work ethic and dedication to the Township.

 

The Council congratulated Ms. Evelina on her new appointment.  C. Katz remarked that the Township residents would be pleased to have her as their new Township Clerk.  C. Toffler remarked that she never believed in crossing her fingers until now and is happy Ms. Evelina is our new Township Clerk.  C. Honis looked forward to Ms. Evelina’s 30 years of coming service to the Township.  DM. Gussen commented that he looked forward to seeing the new Teaneck Management Team, comprised of the Manager and Clerk, working together.  C. Stern remarked that this promotion demonstrated the work environment and work ethic of our employees working from entry level positions to becoming department heads.  C. Parker described Ms. Evelina as compassionate and commented that she also looked forward to working with Ms. Evelina in her new role as Township Clerk.  Mayor Hameeduddin stated that Ms. Evelina has a demanding job but always makes it look easy and wished her the best in her new role.

 

3.         Certificate of Appreciation - Michael & Micki Grunstein (TVAC Donation)

 

C. Katz joined Michael Kevie Feit and Angelae Wilkerson in their presentation and recognized Mr. and Mrs. Grunstein for their financial support to TVAC.  Ms. Wilkerson also reminded the public of their March 5th Fundraising Gala for TVAC.   C. Katz presented a Proclamation to the Grunsteins for their financial support.  Mr. Feit spoke about TVAC’s finances, the fundraising process and the volunteers who put in their time and energy for TVAC without receiving any financial reward.  C. Toffler thanked the Grunsteins for their continued financial support to the Township and TVAC.

 

PUBLIC HEARING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES

 

The Clerk 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

 

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.

 

Howard Rose, Teaneck - spoke about Ordinance 4215 and presented questions with respect to the fence.

 

Dr. Alex Rashin, Teaneck – questioned the nature of the Ordinances and the importance of same.

 

Mildred Tucker, Teaneck – spoke about the current economic crisis and questioned the impact of bond ordinances on the people.

 

Laura Zucker, Teaneck - inquired about the need for a new fence and requested that ordinances 4214 and 4215 be tabled for further discussion.

 

There being no further persons wishing to speak at this time, Mayor Hameeduddin declared public input on the Introduction of Ordinances closed.

 

There being no further persons who wished to speak concerning said ordinances, Mayor Hameeduddin declared that the public hearing on said ordinances were now closed.

 

Township Manager William Broughton explained the bonding process for projects to the general public.  He explained that Ordinance 4215 was to replace fencing that was falling down in Votee Park and the need for these fences to be replaced.  He further discussed the need to replace various traffic lights on Teaneck and that the current economic market afforded the Township with the best rates to finance necessary projects.

 

DM. Gussen moved to pass Ordinances 4214 through 4217 on second and final reading and adopt.  The Township Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to advertise same according to law.  Seconded by C. Toffler.

 

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

 

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

 

ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.

 

Abstained:       None.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin declared that said ordinances were duly adopted.

 

The Township Clerk read Resolution #47-11 into the record and then provided copies to the public.

 

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.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin declared that any members of the public who wished 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.

 

Mildred Tucker, Teaneck – suggested that the Council show respect for each other on and dais and elsewhere.

 

Art Vatsky, Teaneck - thanked the Police Department for the arrest of the alleged robber of the Teaneck Road gas stations.  Also thanked the Manager for his clear description in the requirements for bonding certain projects that invest in Teaneck.  He also congratulated our new Township Clerk, Jaime Evelina.  Mr. Vatsky expressed opposition to the Council drinking Poland Spring bottled water.  He also spoke about the street-scape shelters, the possible investigation of funding for the old police department and single-pane windows in the library.

 

Richard Siegel, Teaneck – spoke about an illegal settlement of Beit Yatir in the West Bank.

 

Dr. Alex Rashin, Teaneck - continued his suggestions with respect to the bonding process for projects.

 

Daniel Rosenbloom, Teaneck – spoke about an alleged issue with Beit Yatir and Teaneck.

 

John McGilchrist, Teaneck - commended the Council for promoting Jaime L. Evelina, RMC to the position of Township Clerk.

 

Jackie Kates, Teaneck - Commended the Council for choosing Jaime L. Evelina, RMC as the Teaneck Township Clerk and spoke about public input.

 

Genevieve Maiburger, Teaneck - Congratulated the Council for appointing Jaime L. Evelina, RMC to Township Clerk; congratulated the DPW’s work in clearing the snow-covered streets around town.  She also suggested that Council be courteous and polite to one another.

 

Naomi Cramer, Teaneck – Requested that the plans for the new Municipal Building include an expanded Council Chambers; suggested that personal disputes be resolved in private.  She also asked the Council to make an official statement regarding the alleged Beit Yatir settlement.

 

Lorraine, Teaneck – spoke about dogs that are not muzzled in the Township and “curb your dog” signage.  She also complained about her an issue with her neighbor.

 

Howard Rose, Teaneck - asked the Council to change their statement about residents coming up and stating their name and address for the record.  Ms. Evelina will change this language in the public’s copies of the agendas.  Mr. Rose congratulated Ms. Evelina on becoming the Clerk and the Council for selecting her.  He spoke about the fence; the alleged Beit Yatir sister city agreement; and metered-parking on Cedar Lane and Ward Plaza.   He also thanked the Manager for his responses.

 

Charles Powers, Teaneck – spoke about the availability of minutes.

 

Laura Zucker, Teaneck - addressed the alleged issue of Beit Yatir and suggested that the Mayor write a letter to the Jerusalem Post.

 

Toni Nayowitz, Teaneck - Commended DPW on a wonderful job of snow removal during the winter.  She publicly thanked the Council for voting on the revision of the traffic flow on Cedar Lane, particularly Elm Avenue.  She spoke about the recent store closings on Cedar Lane and suggested that parking on Cedar Lane be enforced more than once every two hours.

 

Clara Williams, Teaneck - Congratulated Jaime L. Evelina, RMC on her new position as the Township Council and commended the Council on their selection.  She suggested that Council treat each other with respect.

 

Paul Kerns, Teaneck - Congratulated the Township on the handling of snow removal but raised the issue of the snow not being cleared from street corners and the lack of enforcement on clearing sidewalks being cleared on side streets.

 

There being no further persons who wished to speak at that time (or the time limit of one hour having expired), 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.

 

C. Stern inquired if parking regulations were enforced erratically and the Manager answered he was not aware of such erratic enforcement.

 

C. Toffler spoke about the parking meter proposal for Cedar Lane and stated her objection to the establishment of parking meters.  C. Toffler also recommended the Council and Administration read through Chapter 2 of the Township Code regarding the Township Charter.

 

C. Katz spoke about residents commending the work of the Department of Public Works Department during recent snow storms.

 

C. Honis expressed her opposition to parking meters although she was willing to look at the information, and she also recommended her colleagues not say unfavorable comments regarding one another.

 

DM. Gussen shared an email from a Tenafly resident applauding the Township for their swift snow removal from the Township’s streets.  DM. Gussen also spoke about the cost of snow removal and its connection with plowed streets.  He also spoke about property maintenance in respect to cleared sidewalks and urged residents to report neighbors who did not properly clear their sidewalks.

 

Township Manager William Broughton commended Director of Public Works, Mr. Fran Wilson and his staff for their tremendous efforts in removing the snow from the Township’s roadways.  He also discussed the incorrect reporting of snow removal costs for the December 26th storm and explained what the correct amount spent should have been reported.  Manager Broughton also spoke about snow removal from the business district, property maintenance phone calls, bus shelters, the library HVAC, the components of the old police building remediation project’s cost and the expansion and plans for the Council Chambers.  With respect to the availability of minutes, Mr. Broughton advised that during his time as Acting Clerk, precedence was given to other matters as necessary and as the Clerk’s Office was understaffed.  He further advised that Council Meeting recordings are made available on the Township Website for public review.  He confirmed that the minutes will be drafted accordingly and made available to those who request same as soon as possible by the new Township Clerk.

 

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.

 

RA #1290 - YWCA of Bergen County - $60.00

RA# 1291 - Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing Alumni Association - $20.00

 

MINUTES

 

None.

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

39-11   Award Professional Services Contract - Phillips Preiss Grygiel, LLC - Master Plan Reexamination

40-11   Refund 2009 and 2010 Taxes - Chief Financial Officer - Various

41-11   Award Professional Services Contract - D & H Alternative Risk Solutions - Workman's Compensation Program & General Liability Insurance

42-11   Award Contract - PropertyRoom.com - Police Internet Auction

43-11   Appoint Members to Community Development Regional Committee

44-11   Authorize Encroachments Into Public Right-of-Way - 1354-1358 Teaneck Road - Awnings

45-11   Authorize Encroachment Into Public Right-of-Way - 1360 Teaneck Road - Awning

46-11   Award Professional Services Contract - McCabe Environmental Services, LLC - Heating Upgrades at     the Teaneck Public Library Building

 

BILL LIST

 

The Clerk read the amount of the Bill List into the record.  ($6,788,770.91)

 

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, except Resolution J.  Seconded by Mayor Hameeduddin.

 

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

 

 

ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.

 

Abstained:       C. Parker (entire Bill List); DM. Gussen (Bill List Item #160926); C. Katz (Entire Bill List).
 

Mayor Hameeduddin declared said items were passed.

 

DM. Gussen made a motion to approve Resolution #47-11.  Seconded by C. Stern.

 

C. Parker read a Statement into the record as an expression of her opposition to Resolution #47-11.

 

ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.

 

Abstained:       C. Parker

 

Recused:         C. Toffler

 

Mayor Hameeduddin declared  said item was passed.

 

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES

 

C. Stern moved that the Ordinances be introduced and passed on first reading and that the 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.

 

The Clerk read the Ordinances by title only.

 

ORDINANCE #4218 - CAPITAL ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, NEW JERSEY AUTHORIZING THE INSTALLATION OF FENCING AT ANDREAS PARK IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP, APPROPRIATING THEREFOR THE SUM OF $20,000 AND PROVIDING THAT SUCH SUM SO APPROPRIATED SHALL BE RAISED FROM THE TOWNSHIP’S MUNICIPAL OPEN SPACE TRUST FUND. 

 

ORDINANCE #4219 - CAPITAL ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, NEW JERSEY AUTHORIZING THE INSTALLATION OF FENCING AND THE REPAVING OF A TRAIL AT SAGAMORE PARK IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP, APPROPRIATING THEREFOR THE SUM OF $22,000 AND PROVIDING THAT SUCH SUM SO APPROPRIATED SHALL BE RAISED FROM THE TOWNSHIP’S MUNICIPAL OPEN SPACE TRUST FUND. 

 

ORDINANCE #4220 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE UNDERTAKING OF HVAC IMPROVEMENTS AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY, POLICE HEADQUARTERS AND MUNICIPAL BUILDING IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $1,000,000 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 #4221 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE SANITARY SEWER IMPROVEMENTS AT WINTHROP ROAD (FROM SUSSEX ROAD TO WINDSOR ROAD) IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $1,090,000 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 #4222 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE RENOVATION OF THE OLD POLICE HEADQUARTERS BUILDING FOR USE AS PART OF THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $3,500,000 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 #4223 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE MAKING OF VARIOUS PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $500,000 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.

 

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

 

 

ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.

 

Abstained:       None.

 

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

1.         Budget Items - Continued Discussion

 

 

a.         Phelps Park

 

DM. Gussen requested more information regarding the installation of an in-ground and above-ground pool for Phelps Park.

 

Manager Broughton reported that an in-ground pool would cost approximately $3 million dollars with an above-ground pool costing $300,000.

 

DM. Gussen proposed adding funding $300,000 from the Capital budget for an above-ground pool at Phelps Park.  The proposal received support from three other council members (C. Parker, C. Stern and C. Honis).

 

Manager Broughton will research what is needed to begin this capital improvement in terms of funding for the current fiscal year.

 

 

b.         Street Signs

 

Councilman Katz requested that the Township change street signs at some of the major intersections and that the signs be changed to the Teaneck Blue color.  C. Toffler requested the Township assure that the Teaneck Blue signs are visible.  The street signs would be replaced as necessary, C. Katz noted.  Township Manager Broughton will research the cost of these signs for the next meeting.

 

c.         Police Enforcement Officers

 

Township Manager Broughton and Chief of Police Robert A. Wilson have discussed hiring a full time officer and increasing the salary for part time officers.

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

None.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

None.

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

None.

 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS - COUNCIL LIAISONS

 

The Mayor announced that the Parks Playgrounds Recreation Advisory Board, Environmental Commission and Soccer League will be meeting next Wednesday to discuss the survey that was referenced at the last Council meeting.  At the next March meeting, the Prosecutor’s Office will update the Committee regarding the Joan Davis murder.  C. Katz inquired if the upcoming meeting of the Advisory Board on Community Relations could be held in the Council Chambers, and a member of Council responded that the meeting is scheduled to take place at the Richard Rodda Community Center which should accommodate anyone who wants to attend.

 

C. Honis reported that Saturday and Sunday May 14th and 15th will be the weekend of Clean and Green and will report back to the body regarding the meeting.

 

C. Parker and the Manager have identified ten Department Heads to work with Youth Advisory Board members in a mentorship role.

 

C. Stern reported about his recent meeting with the Cedar Lane Management Group committee and is working with the Manager and CFO to help the CLMG pay their bills and move in the right direction.

 

DM. Gussen reported that on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, the CLMG will look to increase the total membership of the Board in addition to the procedures of the group.

 

COUNCIL-LISTED ITEMS

 

1.         Commuter Parking (Mayor Hameeduddin).

 

Mayor Hameeduddin requested the Township Manager reach out to the Traffic Department regarding street parking during snow storms.

 

2.         Proposal for an Ordinance to Restrict Parking to One Side of All Streets, Either Odd or Even                   Numbered in Teaneck During Snow Storms (C. Toffler).

 

C. Toffler noted that she has spoken to members of the Board of Education and said members feel it is a possibility to allow parking at the Eugene Fields Parking Lot.  She recommended an agreement containing the hours and spaces the Township would require be written up.  The Township Manager will reach out to Interim Superintendent Barbara Pinsak to work on this agreement.  She also discussed a presentation at a recent Teaneck 2020 meeting that the Board of Education and Interim Superintendent will release on their web site a detailed listing of the $6 million cut from the 2011 School Budget and what strategies were undertaken in the wake of said cuts.

 

TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

 

The Manager informed Council of impending shortfall in the Fire Department and requested the hiring of more fire fighters to man the dispatch component of the department.  The Council discussed various options to hire civilian dispatchers rather than using Fire Fighters for said function.  This item will be discussed further at future meetings.

 

 

 

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY’S REPORT

 

None.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

DM. Gussen  moved to adjourn at 10:59 p.m.  Seconded by C. Honis.

 

ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:                None.