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May 24, 2011 - Council Meeting Minutes

Date: May 24, 2011
Time: 8:00 PM

MINUTES OF THE OPEN SESSION MEETING OF

THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL

HELD IN THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

 

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.

 

ROLL CALL

 

MOTION TO GO INTO CLOSED SESSION

 

Resolution #124-11.    Authorize Council to enter Closed Session.

 

CLOSED SESSION DISCUSSION

 

MOTION TO RETURN TO OPEN SESSION

 

Mayor Hameeduddin called the Open Session Meeting of the Teaneck Township Council to order at 8:04 p.m. and asked all those present to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

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

Mayor Hameeduddin.

 

Absent:            None.

 

Also Present:   S. Turitz – Ferrara, Turitz, Harraka & Goldberg Esqs.; W. Broughton, Township

Manager; J. Evelina, Township 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. Sustainable Jersey Certification Plaque – By Mayor Arthur Ondish.

 

Mayor Ondish gave an overview of the Sustainable Jersey Program; discussed the number of certified towns and registered towns seeking certification; and presented a plaque with a Bronze Certification as a Sustainable municipality to Michael Rogovin, Chairman of the Sustainable Commission and then to Mayor Hameeduddin.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin thanked Mr. Rogovin for his efforts and collaborative work with Mr. Broughton and Mr. Abbasi.

 

Mr. Rogovin discussed the team effort behind the Sustainable Certification that included Mr. William Broughton and his Executive Assistant, Issa Abbasi, Councilwoman Toffler and the Sustainability Commission. He noted that the work of the Commission is not done, and the plaque is quite empty with slots for Teaneck to add on additional Certifications.

 

Councilwoman Toffler spoke of Mr. Rogovin’s extraordinary leadership that led to Teaneck achieving this Certification. She thanked Mr. Broughton for his support of Emma Rosenbloom and Catherine Fischer, two recent Teaneck High School graduates, who assisted in the project, and she is looking forward to future Sustainability efforts.

 

Mr. Broughton thanked Mr. Rogovin for his driving force behind this accomplishment and for keeping this effort on the front of the burner. He thanked his Executive Assistant, Issa Abbasi, for his follow-up, contact with officials at Sustainable Jersey, and for his inputting of data into the system. Mr. Broughton invited the public to join officials in November at the League of Municipalities Conference to accept our award.

 

Mayor Ondish was proud to hear that the Township’s efforts were still growing and hoped that Teaneck would fill in the remaining spaces for Sustainability Certification.

 

  1. Proclamation – Juan Esquival, Police Chief for a Day.

 

Juan Esquival was not present for this Proclamation, and the Proclamation will be forwarded to the Chief of Police to provide for the Police Chief for a Day event.

 

PUBLIC HEARING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES

 

Ms. Evelina read the Ordinances by title only.

 

ORDINANCE #4232 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED “TRAFFIC” OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE

 

ORDINANCE #4233 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 36, ENTITLED “TRAFFIC” OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE

 

ORDINANCE #4234 – CAPITAL ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, NEW JERSEY AUTHORIZING THE ACQUISITION OF COMPUTER EQUIPMENT FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP, APPROPRIATING THEREFOR THE SUM OF $30,000 AND PROVIDING THAT SUCH SUM SO APPROPRIATED SHALL BE RAISED FROM THE TOWNSHIP’S CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND

 

ORDINANCE #4235 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE ACQUISITION OF RADIO COMMUNICATIONS UPGRADE EQUIPMENT (PHASE III) IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $213,750 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 # 4236 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE ACQUISITION OF NEW AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLES, INCLUDING ORIGINAL APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT, FOR THE USE OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $135,000 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.

 

None.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin declared that the public hearings on the above ordinances were now open. Any members of the public who wished to be heard on any of said ordinances 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Alex Rashin, Teaneck- inquired about the urgency of the upgrade to Phase 3 of radio equipment; and requested this item be tabled until next year in order to remain as close as possible to a 0% budget increase.

 

Mr. Broughton advised that the radio equipment upgrade was urgent, as the Federal government was mandating that all radio users switch to a different band due to a change in the radio system.   The program goes into effect in either 2012 or 2013, and this is part of a plan to put away $200,000 per year to fund this improvement.

 

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

 

Councilmember Katz moved to pass Ordinances 4232 through 4236 on second and final reading and adopt. The Township Clerk was hereby authorized and directed to advertise same according to law. Seconded by Councilmember Honis.

 

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

 

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. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Hameeduddin.

 

Opposed:         DM. Gussen (Ordinance 4236).

 

Absent:            None.

 

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 come forward and state their names for the record. Comments were limited to five minutes per person.

 

Howard Rose, Teaneck – discussed the four-day work week, Resolution #137-11 to support the Charter School’s search for financing through bonding; expressed concern of the Town possibly increasing its liability; and discussed the renovation of the Old Police Building and the lack of a need for a corridor between the two buildings.

 

Dr. Alex Rashin, Teaneck – spoke about zero-based budgeting and asked Council to re-open the possibility of amending the budget, the publishing of the budget in print media, the unavailability of the website over the prior weekend, and the voting of amendments to the budget.

 

Alan Sohn, Teaneck – discussed feelings over election results; displayed various advertising signs for various campaigns and businesses placed on entrance and exit ramps on Route 4; spoke about the sign ordinance and its lack of enforcement; and asked Township Manager to continue to vigorously enforce the sign ordinance by removing signs immediately.

 

Mildred Tucker, Teaneck – agreed with Mr. Sohn’s prior comments about the need to enforce the sign ordinance; voiced concern about garbage dumping on entrance and exit ramps to Route 4; spoke about overgrown grass at Ward Plaza; and asked Council to operate in a more transparent manner.

 

Betty Williams, Teaneck – spoke about two (2) recent accidents by Ward Plaza in the last month and suggested additional signage be placed in the area; and referenced Mr. Sohn’s comments about additional signs on Teaneck Road.

 

Clara Williams, Teaneck – sought follow-up from the Mayor if a memorandum was issued addressing campaigning issues at a prior Council meeting; inquired about additional meetings for the re-examination of the Master Plan; and suggested that Council change the format of Good and Welfare to allow for a response when a question or issue is raised.

 

Naomi Kramer, Teaneck – agreed with Ms. Williams’ prior suggestion about re-formatting Good and Welfare at Council Meetings; and hoped Council would re-consider changing the format. She also spoke about a re-structured four-day work week and requested that public meetings be scheduled regarding the renovation of the Old Police Building to include an expanded Council Chambers.

 

There being no further persons who wished wishing to speak, Mayor Hameeduddin declared that the public comment portion of the meeting 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.

 

DM. Gussen spoke about the necessity of an elevator in the renovation of the Old Police Building; agreed with Mr. Sohn’s complaint of signs on entrance and exit ramps on Route 4; and spoke of a recent phone call to Tiger Schulman’s Karate after seeing several of their signs in said area.

 

C. Toffler supported the idea of stricter sign enforcement in the Township; referenced suggestions from recent article in The Suburbanite regarding the four-day work week; and hoped the Council would schedule public meetings regarding the Renovation of the Old Police Building.

 

Mr. Broughton commented that a full plan for the renovation of the Old Police Building is available online and will be re-issued to the Council with a copy placed on the website. He also noted that at the appropriate point in time, public meetings will be held. At this time, Department Heads are meeting with Mr. Iovino to discuss their department’s needs for office space.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin asked Mr. Broughton if a memorandum regarding distributing election publication on Township property was issued to Department Heads.

 

Mr. Broughton responded that at today’s Department Head meeting, training took place regarding this subject, and a memorandum will be issued tomorrow.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin discussed the nature of the resolution regarding the Charter School and the little risk to the Township. He further asked the Township Manager about the responsibility of maintaining the land on Route 4.

 

Mr. Broughton answered that the property along Route 4 was the responsibility of the New Jersey Department of Transportation to maintain.

 

C. Parker further inquired if the ramp at Julia Street to Route 4 also fell under the State’s maintenance responsibility.

 

Mr. Broughton responded that he would look into the jurisdiction and maintenance of said location.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin spoke about the reasoning behind the current format of Good and Welfare at Council Meetings and his desire to move to a back and forth format but reluctance to do so given recent events with members of the public sternly questioning Council members. He directed that the Municipal Clerk send a proclamation tomorrow to the Board of Education for the dedication of the THS student center after Mrs. Cheryl Miller-Porter.

 

C. Parker requested having informal meetings with the Council possibly in the fall season for residents. She commented about the sight obstruction around Ward Plaza and asked if a “Do Not Enter” sign could be placed in that area to alleviate any confusion of the area being a one-way street and about signage around town for garage sales that should adhere to the sign ordinance.

 

Mr. Broughton noted that he will instruct the Traffic Department to study the area and make recommendations regarding additional signage.

 

DM. Gussen discussed the difference between garage sale signs and advertising signage around the Township and was in favor of prioritizing which signage is in violation of the Township ordinance.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin instructed the Manager to conduct additional enforcement to remove unwarranted signage around town.

 

Mr. Broughton responded that the Department of Public Works is constantly removing signs and has to prioritize their duties to also include the cutting of tall grass given the limited amount of staff. He further noted that over 200 violation notices in the past three (3) weeks were issued for tall grass to residential properties, and the Department of Public Works is also working to fill potholes and prioritizing maintenance.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin asked Mr. Turitz if all procedures were followed correctly regarding the adoption of the 2011 budget and inquired about the use of Robert’s Rules of Order.

 

Mr. Turitz responded that to his knowledge and opinion, all procedures have been followed appropriately, as well as, the State having reviewed and approved the Township’s budget. He further noted that Robert’s Rules do not apply to the Council, and the Council’s Rules are part of the appendix of the Township’s Code.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin further discussed the upcoming Planning Board meeting to discuss the possibility of re-examining the Master Plan to alter the permitted use of certain zoning restrictions along Teaneck Road, and the ultimate say would be with the Township 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.

 

RAFFLES

 

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

 

MINUTES

 

January 6, 2011 – Budget Meeting (C. Honis, Absent).

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

125-11.                        Authorize Estimated Tax Bills for Third Installment of Taxes – Chief Financial Officer – 2011.

126-11.                        Amend 2011 Budget – Clean Communities Program.

127-11.                        Amend 2011 Budget – Click It or Ticket 2011.

128-11.                        Amend 2011 Budget – Municipal Alliance Grant.

129-11.                        Amend 2011 Budget – NJDEP Division of Parks & Forest.

135-11.                        Award Professional Services Contract – Gianforcaro – Synthetic Turf Field Improvements at Votee Park.

130-11.                        Refund 7 Months of 2008 Taxes - Block 4006, Lot 13 – Disabled Veteran.

131-11.                        Ratify Payments – Chief Financial Officer – April, 2011.

132-11.                        Refund 2010 and 2011 Tax Overpayments – Chief Financial Officer – Various.

133-11.                        Refund 2009 and 2010 Taxes – Chief Financial Officer – Various Pursuant to State Tax Court Decisions.

136-11.                        Authorize Interlocal Service Agreement with Teaneck Board of Education.

137-11.                        Endorse Friends of the Community Charter School Proposed Project.

134-11.                        Authorize Public Sale at Auction – Lot 14, Block 4402.

 

BILL LIST

 

Ms. Evelina read the amount of the Bill List into the record. ($4,232,568.58)

 

Councilmember Katz 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 Councilmember Stern.

 

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

 

C. Katz pulled resolution #136-11 and C. Toffler pulled resolutions #135-11 and #137-11.

 

Roll Call.

 

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

 

Absent:            None.

 

Abstained:       C. Honis (1/6/11 Minutes), C. Katz (#133-11).

 

Mayor Hameeduddin declared whether said items passed.

 

C. Toffler discussed Resolution #135-11 and asked why the Council decided to proceed with a no-bid contract and discussed recent awards of no-bid contracts.

 

Mr. Broughton explained that Resolution #135-11 could be awarded as a professional services contract and did not need to be bid on. He commented that a single engineering firm was sought after to perform all of the engineering work in Votee Park from beginning to end and noted that said firm performed close to 90% of all field-turf installments in New Jersey.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin added to the Manager’s comments that a single vendor was sought for projects to eliminate the finger pointing and to eliminate sub-contractors if issues developed at the job site.

 

C. Toffler questioned the decision with respect to the specific type of synthetic turf. She recalled that the decision with respect to the specific type of field turf was still pending. C. Toffler commented that she felt the decision to use field-turf and a particular vendor was leap-frogged.

 

Mr. Broughton spoke about the process of applying for a grant with Green Acres that would fund the installation of field turf in the amount of $675,000 and a loan in the amount $125,000 which was approved and accepted by the Council.

 

DM. Gussen advised that the word “turf” means natural grass, and the term “field turf” implies synthetic grass. The input from the sports leagues and Parks, Playgrounds and Recreation Advisory Board focused on the inability to maintain natural turf.

 

C. Toffler noted that she was under the impression that the long discussion regarding the drainage issue at Votee Park was not completed and requested a copy of the grant application from the Township Clerk.

 

Mr. Broughton spoke of a timeline he developed that listed the due dates for completion in each phase of the project and noted that the project must be completed by 2012. Grant funds must be drawn down upon by February 17, 2013.

 

C. Parker made a motion to approve resolution #135-11. Seconded by C. Katz.

 

Roll Call.

 

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

 

Absent:            None.

 

Abstained:       C. Toffler.

 

Resolution #136-11 Discussion

 

C. Katz discussed the Inter-Local agreement resolution and wanted to re-visit the parking issue for the Library at the Board of Education. He also questioned if the Township’s cost of laborers was included in the cost of rock salt and asked the Manager if the proverbial trigger could be pulled on parking at the Board of Education’s parking lot.

 

Mr. Broughton responded that the Township is already parking at the Board of Education’s parking lot. He noted that the Inter-Local agreement with the Board of Education includes the cost of purchasing calcium chloride, diesel fuel and rock salt at the Township’s cost to purchase; and provided recycling pick-up for the Board of Education. Mr. Broughton added that the estimated savings through March 2011 to the Board of Education was $11,000, and no employee costs were saved at this time.

 

DM. Gussen commented that the Inter-Local agreement with the Board of Education allowed for cost savings from two pockets of money in one pair of pants.

 

C. Katz agreed with DM. Gussen’s comments but wanted to charge the cost of the employees’ time for delivering commodities or picking-up recycling.

 

Mr. Broughton also discussed future shared service opportunities with the Board of Education to possibly include the Public Works Department servicing the Board of Education’s fleet of vehicles.

 

C. Katz commended the Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools, Township Manager and Township Council for all of their efforts in sharing services.

 

DM. Gussen made a motion to approve resolution #136-11. Seconded by C. Katz.

 

Roll Call.

 

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

 

Absent:            None.

 

Abstained:       None.

 

Resolution #137-11 Discussion

 

C. Toffler discussed this resolution guarantee this Charter School’s bond; spoke about the process of guaranteeing a loan and the parties involved from a personal side; shared her feelings of discomfort to guarantee the bond of the Charter School given the Township’s financial position in the current state of the economy without knowing more about the Friends of the Charter School and their financial status. C. Toffler reiterated her feelings that she did not feel the Township was in the position to be the supportive proverbial parent to guarantee an out-of-college student’s rent.

C. Katz agreed with C. Toffler’s analogy of a parent guaranteeing their child’s loan. He expressed support to to guarantee the loan of the Charter School and felt it was an honor to do so. C. Katz felt that if more efficiencies could be created for our taxpayers along the lines of DM. Gussen’s analogy of two pockets and one pair of pants, then these efficiencies would be a win for the Township. C. Katz referenced prior guaranteed notes to the Cedar Lane Business District and other buildings in the Township; spoke about the benefits of additional facilities for the youth, the non-effect of this loan against the Township’s bottom line; and his support of for this resolution.

 

C. Toffler agreed that there is a need for additional recreational facilities. She noted that some groups, particularly Teaneck Comes Together (TCT), were not welcome or told they needed to pay additional fees for police personnel and police cars.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin rejected both analogies of guaranteeing loans for one’s child; he asked Mr. Turitz to clarify if the Charter School could own the building or if they only paid rent at this time.

 

Mr. Turitz answered that the Charter School did not own the building and pays rent to the Friends of the Charter School.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin further inquired about the funding formula.

 

Mr. Turitz responded that the Charter School receives less than 90% of the cost of tuition from the Board of Education and the Charter School then pays rent to the Friends of the Charter School who uses said funding to amortize their loans.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin assured that checks and balances will be in place to assure the collection of rent from the Charter School, and discussed the finances of the Charter School given the funding formula and funding received from the Teaneck Board of Education. He affirmed his stance that the resolution #137-11 was a win, win, win.

 

C. Parker confirmed that this resolution was not binding and simply afforded the opportunity to the Charter School to shop around for lower-interest financing. She further discussed the lack of availability of the Rodda Center for Teaneck Comes Together (TCT), but noted that the Township Manager has resolved most of these issues with the Rodda Center.

 

DM. Gussen noted that like all issues, the proposed Charter School backing by the Council does involve risk but felt that the risk was completely acceptable. He expressed support for a nice building with a balance at a reduced cost and affirmed his support for this resolution 100 percent.

 

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

 

Opposed:         C. Toffler.

 

Absent:            None.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Mayor Hameeduddin requested an update on the progress of the website from the Township Manager.

 

Mr. Broughton responded that the Township has sent its proposed contract to the vendor to be executed.

 

DM. Gussen asked for a timeline of a completed website once the contract is executed.

 

Township Mr. Broughton responded that upon the execution of the contract, the website will be functional in approximately three (3) months.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Mayor Hameeduddin complimented the new recycling program and spoke about the positive comments he has received about the program. Mayor Hameeduddin suggested the Manager investigate whether or not additional items, such as scrap metal, could be picked-up and thus increase recycling revenue.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin received four affirmative votes from the Council to allow the Manager to proceed with this request.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

None.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS - COUNCIL LIAISONS

 

C. Parker referenced a recent discussion with the Girl Scouts to partner with the Township for Mrs. Obama’s “Get Moving” program and requested authorization to work with the Manager in order to partner with this program. Four members of Council provided said authorization.

 

C. Parker thanked Mr. Abbasi for his assistance with the YAB Shadowing Program and referenced suggestions made by Ms. Evelina to expand the program. She further spoke about suggestions made by YAB members to open up the program to more students and shared the students’ positive experience, particularly with the Engineering and Health Departments. C. Parker also thanked the Township Manager for participating in the program.

 

C. Stern discussed the Cedar Lane Memorial Day Street Fair on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2011, taking place after the ceremony on the Municipal Green, and he invited the general public to attend.

 

C. Honis spoke about the success of Clean and Green weekend, despite the weather. She commended all students who participated in the essay and poster contest.

 

DM. Gussen noted that the Parks, Playground and Recreation Advisory Board asked for suggestions and recommendations for a park on a rolling review at each meeting; he suggested he and Councilwoman Honis meet to collaborate their efforts with cleaning and maintaining the Township’s parks.

 

C. Parker mentioned a recent discussion with Ms. DeAnn Ipp about the upkeep of the Burial Ground and shared Ms. Ipp’s thoughts about the Township’s maintenance efforts at the Burial Grounds.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin also shared a recent conversation and site visit with Ms. Ipp that was referred to the Manager for maintenance and up-keep.

 

C. Honis shared Ms. Ipp’s feelings that the grounds need to be maintained more often in the spring and summer.

 

Mr. Broughton advised the Council that he discussed the maintenance of the Burial Grounds with the Director of Public Works. He concluded that the Grounds will be maintained with a push lawn mower and placed on the DPW maintenance list. He added that a Burial Grounds fence will be replaced and that a fence has been donated to be placed at the Burial Ground.

 

COUNCIL-LISTED ITEMS

 

None.

 


TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

 

  1. Votee Park Timeline.

 

Mr. Broughton already distributed a timeline to the Council and informed the Council that the contract was awarded to Gianforcaro. By July 1st, a Committee will be formed to discuss the plans, and a projected completion date is scheduled for September 1, 2012.

 

 

  1. Cedar Lane Streetscape.

 

Mr. Broughton advised that the renovations to the street-scape will commence shortly.

 

  1. Recycling Program

 

  1. Trucks

 

The three (3) new recycling trucks have arrived and been put into service. Under the new recycling program, recycling rates have increased. Collection of comingled commodities increased approximately 30% and for paper products, the increase in recycling has been approximately 15-20%.

 

  1. Community Gardens.

 

Mr. Broughton and the Community Gardens Committee have been working hard on preparing the Community Gardens for this year’s season. He encouraged the public to visit the gardens and see the newly-renovated plots that will be the future look of the gardens phased in over the next several years. Mr. Broughton also announced the Kick-Off of the Community Gardens on June 16th at 6:30 PM at the foot of Lindbergh Boulevard.

 

  1. Road Resurfacing.

 

Mr. Broughton reported that several roads are on the list to be resurfaced and repaved this year. The list of roads includes Sussex Road from Route 4 Bridge to West Englewood Avenue; Fort Lee Road from Teaneck Road to Queen Anne Road; Fairfield Avenue; Herrick Avenue from Queen Anne Road East to Dead End; Grange Road from Vandelinda Avenue to Cedar Lane; Lincoln Place from Cedar Lane to Cumberland Avenuel; and possibly, a small portion of DeMott Avenue between Railroad and Palisades Avenue.

In 2011, more roads will be included in the Road Resurfacing Program.

 

Finally, Mr. Broughton reminded the public that on Sunday, June 26, 2011 from 9 AM to 1 PM, a confidential document shredding will take place in the Municipal parking lot. A maximum of two (2) garbage bags is in place for those wishing to participate. All residents and employees are welcome to participate.

 

 

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY’S REPORT

 

None.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Deputy Mayor moved to adjourn at 9:37 p.m.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Katz.

 


Roll Call.

 

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

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.