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June 28, 2011 - Council Meeting Minutes

Date: June 28, 2011
Time: 8:00 PM

MINUTES OF THE OPEN SESSION MEETING OF

THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL

HELD IN THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING COUNCIL CHAMBERS

TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 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

 

148-11.            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 p.m. and asked all those present to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

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

 

Absent:            None.

 

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

Manager; J. Evelina, RMC, 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. Firefighter to Fire Lieutenant.

 

Township Manager William Broughton promoted Fire Fighter Douglas Gleisen to the position of Fire Lieutenant and proceeded to swear him in. Chief Anthony Verley spoke about Lieutenant Gleisen’s expertise with Public Works from his former work experience in the Department. Mayor Hameeduddin congratulated Lieutenant Gleisen on behalf of the Township Council. Councilwoman Parker congratulated Lieutenant Gleisen, and Councilman Gussen discussed the training of firemen at the County Academy and expressed his appreciation for the Lieutenant’s efforts for the Township of Teaneck.

 

  1. Certificates - YAB Seniors.

 

Councilwoman Parker presented a certificate to Abigail Bazile, a senior YAB member who graduated from THS and will be attending NJIT in the fall semester as a biomedical engineering student.

 

C.Parker spoke about Ms. Bazile’s accomplishments and participation with the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Program as “Most Disciplined Cadet” in their two-week boot camp, her award from the NAACP for her efforts in youth activities and her sixteen-day mission in Peru on behalf of her Church to teach English and Math.

C. Parker presented Ms. Bazile with her Certificate on behalf of the Township Council.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin congratulated Ms. Bazile and thanked C. Parker and Mr. Scott Pleasants for their efforts with this year’s Youth Advisory Board.

 

  1. 2011 Matthew Feldman Awards.

 

Ms. Patricia White thanked Ms. Evelina and the members of her staff for helping make the presentation of tonight’s Matthew Feldman Award a success; requested State Senator Loretta Weinberg to help present this year’s Matthew Feldman Awards; discussed the history of the Matthew Feldman Award; and requested the two recipients of the award, Mr. Lou Schwartz and Gwendolyn Acree, join her at the microphone.

 

Ms. White spoke about Mr. Schwartz’s accomplishments and Mr. Schwartz, thanked the Board for the Matthew Feldman Award for 2011.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin presented Mr. Schwartz with the 2011 Matthew Feldman Award and congratulated him on the receipt of same.

 

Ms. Acree was introduced and her accomplishments and attributes were listed.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin presented Ms. Acree with the 2011 Matthew Feldman Award and congratulated her on the receipt of same.

 

Ms. Acree acknowledged those who thought enough of her to think she deserved the award, and she spoke about her joy of doing the community work she does.

 

Ms. White noted that Mr. Schwartz and Ms. Acree’s names have been added to the Matthew Feldman Award plaque that will continue to hang in the Township Council Chambers.

 

State Senator Loretta Weinberg discussed the creation of the Youth Advisory Board, her role on the Community Relations Advisory Board, their selection of Mr. Schwartz and Ms. Acree for the 2011 Matthew Feldman Award and spoke of Mr. Schwartz and Ms. Acree’s attributes and accomplishments.

 

State Assemblyman Gordon Johnson presented Mr. Schwartz and Ms. Acree Resolutions on behalf of the New Jersey Legislature and congratulated them on receipt of same.

 

C. Katz commended the Community Relations Advisory Board on two great selections of two individuals who foster better community relations in Teaneck.

 

C. Parker congratulated the “dynamic-duo” of the evening; discussed Mr. Schwartz’s; involvement in a recent conference and thanked Ms. Acree for shared advice.

 

C. Toffler felt that Mr. Schwartz and Ms. Acree stood for the reasons she moved back to Teaneck. She discussed her parents’ relationship with the Feldman family and the referenced “fire in the belly” that Mr. Schwartz and Ms. Acree have that Mr. Feldman used to have.

 

C. Honis commended the Community Relations Advisory Board on their two selections for the Matthew Feldman Award and spoke about members of the Council growing up under both Mr. Schwartz and Ms. Acree.

 

DM. Gussen spoke about his experience of being yelled at by Ms. Acree and benefitting from the experience. He further spoke about his prior conversations with Ms. Acree and congratulated her and Mr. Schwartz on the award.

 

C. Stern congratulated both recipients on their receipt of the Matthew Feldman Award.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin invited the general public to coffee and cake and Council took a brief recess to do so.

 

 

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

 

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

 

None.

 

Mayor 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.

 

Kim Watson, Teaneck – spoke about the Ward Plaza project, feedback from the residents in the area, complaints about parking restrictions in the area, prior suggestions that are no longer needed, metered parking possibilities; and would like to discuss the suggestions recommended by the Township Manager before any final decisions are made.

 

Leslie McKeon, Teaneck – discussed the format of Council meetings in relation to Good and Welfare; referenced a prior Council Meeting and the comments of Deputy Mayor Gussen regarding the motive of residents regarding the Charter School, last year’s 6 million dollar budget cut to the Board of Education’s budget and their effects; requested information about space for the Charter School’s status, theater facilities within the Township’s schools and their utilization; and shared her feelings about the response to her comments at a public meeting.

 

Art Vatsky, Teaneck – commended the Council and Township Manager for the start of the renovation on the Cedar Lane Streetscape; discussed bus shelters missing on Cedar Lane and requested an update to same; discussed salary and wage amounts to the Township staff and referenced the average salary of a Teaneck resident; and requested an explanation to the alleged high average of salary per Township worker.

 

Larry Bauer, Teaneck – discussed economic development in the Township; referenced the old Guivadan building and the possibility of a community cultural arts center; requested the Township Council take the Chamber of Commerce seriously; discussed the Chamber of Commerce’s Banking Committee; and passed out information to the Council regarding an economic development plan.

 

Lillian Lewis, Teaneck – thanked Township Council for the proclamation for Juneteenth and thanked those who participated in the event; referenced a prior resident’s comment at the last Council Meeting regarding the striping of the basketball court at Brooks Park; requested a timeline for the completion of the striping of the basketball court at Brooks Park.

 

Mark Glassberg, Teaneck – raised concern over the revised Master Plan in regards to zoning regulations; requested an explanation or opportunity to raise zoning concerns in the future; asked if the Council could explain the process in place now and how a future process takes place; and requested information about the communication process with neighbors and an avenue for their concerns to be heard.

 

David Scharaf (sic), Teaneck – requested more information regarding the zoning process regarding the revised Master Plan.

 

Dr. Alex Rashin, Teaneck- referenced a prior Op-Ed article written in The Suburbanite by Art Vatsky; suggested the number of employees in the Township be decreased due to technological advances; questioned the method in which the Township Court functions; referenced former statements by Deputy Mayor Gussen regarding the renovation of the Old Police Building; expressed the need for public forums to discuss plans for the renovation of the Old Police Buildings; and requested the lawsuit Toffler v. Township Council be withdrawn and resolved behind closed doors.

 

Vernette Manley, Teaneck- referenced a May 24th letter from Township Manager William Broughton regarding Ward Plaza parking restrictions; expressed opposition to a no parking restriction in the area; and supported the parking decal program.

 

Ratheena Goodwin, Teaneck – thanked Township Manager Broughton and Captain Carney for the installation of a handicap parking space for her son; explained her situation regarding parking in her driveway; and expressed opposition to the parking restrictions around the corner from her home.

 

Joe Harris, Teaneck – discussed the work of Mr. Schwartz in the Teaneck Peace and Justice coalition and Ms. Acree’s support of this group’s work; urged the Council to remember that we cannot solve our problems alone; referenced the problem in Nebraska with potential flood conditions near a nuclear plant; referenced Teaneck’s proximity to Indian Point; referenced child mortality rates on the West Coast of the United States; and urged the Township Council to keep protecting their residents.

 

Leib (sic) Feldman, Teaneck – requested additional information regarding the parcel of land the Siegel & Siegel law firm is situated on; and inquired if there have been any discussions with any potential developers of this property.

 

James Kinloch, Teaneck- inquired about the responsibility of re-paving Shepard Avenue after PSE&G completed work that required the street to be dug up.

 

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

 

Mayor 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 asked Mr. Broughton how he wished to proceed on Ward Plaza.


Mr. Broughton discussed the meetings and surveys undertaken in recent months and his recommendations coming from the results of the survey. He shared the results of the most recent survey and offered to re-survey the residents.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin agreed that the Manager should re-survey the residents and have an additional meeting to determine the best recommendations for the project.

 

C. Katz requested the Manager reach out to the more active residents in the Ward Plaza area to best determine the most feasible solutions.

 

Mr. Broughton was in favor of an additional community meeting, but emphasized that a survey was the best option to ensure the voice of all residents in the area.

 

C. Toffler requested that a representative in the area work with their neighbors to have a list of options with signatures to determine the best solution to the parking dilemma.

 

Mr. Broughton agreed with the idea of representative of a representative from the area but emphasized the importance of surveys. He also suggested having a meeting in the community and reminded the public that every resident should have an opportunity to have their suggestions heard.

 

Ms. Kim Watson will now be the Ward Plaza representative and will work with the Manager’s Office to set-up a community meeting.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin explained that Council did not vote to bond for $11 million, but rather passed a resolution to allow the Charter School to explore the opportunity to bond with the Charter School. He commented that the Planning Board, contrary to news articles, did not vote to re-zone the Route 4 Siegel & Siegel property. He requested Mr. Turitz walk the public through the re-zoning process for said property.

 

Mr. Turitz explained that the planner hired by the Township, Mr. Richard Preiss, is in the process of drafting three ordinances, one of which includes the proposed ordinance given to the Planning Board which includes a proposed hotel zone. Once the draft has been approved by the Zoning Subcommittee and is satisfied, the subcommittee will make a recommendation to the full Council whether or not to support a zoning change. If the Council is satisfied with an ordinance, it will be listed under Introduction of Ordinances and then sent back to the Planning Board who has approximately 35 to 45 days to make any recommendations at a public meeting. The Planning Board will then make a recommendation to support or to oppose. Once the ordinance comes back to the Council, prior to adoption, it must be listed for a public hearing prior to the adoption. He noted that the planner should have the initial draft of the ordinance in the next week or so, followed by a meeting of the Subcommittee. Within 20-30 days a recommendation will possibly be presented. Mr. Turitz added that there are no notice requirements for residents at this time, and recommended that the Council do not specifically notify residents at this time. Regarding the bid on the Siegel property, the Township has listed the property for bid twice resulting in no winning bid. Mr. Turitz remarked that there are no current discussions to sell the property; however, in the past, a recommendation from Mr. Siegel was to sell the property to develop a hotel. He further discussed the sale price of the property and the pending ordinance from the planner.

 

C. Toffler remarked that the process of re-zoning the Route 4 area is currently a conceptual plan.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin agreed that the plan is conceptual until a zoning ordinance is passed. He stated that it cannot be determined how high the hotel may rise, and he discussed how far the Council is with the process. He advised the public that they will have ample time for feedback.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin announced the meeting dates for the Renovation of the Old Police Building meetings. He informed the public that Steve Gluck, the Construction Official, is available to discuss construction plans on Tuesdays until 7 PM.

 

Mr. Broughton added that residents can always call to schedule an appointment with Mr. Gluck but he is also available on alternating Tuesday nights.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin requested an update on the status of bus shelter replacements and Shepard Avenue.

 

Mr. Broughton responded that NJ Transit has agreed to replace old bus shelters and will phase out their replacements in a comprehensive plan over several years including replacements on Cedar Lane. He also discussed the lengthy process of replacing bus shelters.

 

C.Katz inquired if new shelters would be part of the bus shelter replacement program.

 

Mr. Broughton advised that new bus shelters will be installed in certain locations on Cedar Lane. He added that the Township is working with the contractor at Brooks Park to remedy problems due to inspections not undertaken. Regarding Shepard Avenue, he described the process of advising utilities prior to paving roads and noted that PSE&G is responsible for paving the street.

 

Mr. Broughton remarked that Mr. Vatsky’s prior comments regarding Township personnel salaries did not include seasonal, part-time personnel or overtime costs. He further noted that 96% of all salaries are under contract and are negotiated.

 

DM. Gussen expressed concern over the steps in contracts for uniform personnel over a short term period. He spoke about the process of negotiating contracts with personnel under contract, and he recommended that Mr. Vatsky contact his State legislators regarding this issue.

 

C. Toffler urged residents residing in the Country Club area of the Township to contact her with any questions regarding the re-zoning process of Route 4; discussed the prospect of holding town-wide meetings in the fall to discuss the requests of residents for new developments; and discussed her action that resulted in Toffler v. Township Council and prior events leading to it.

 

C. Katz read a statement into the record regarding Toffler v. Township Council . He then requested C. Toffler withdraw her lawsuit.

 

C. Toffler stated that truths need to be spoken; reiterated that the Township was not a defendant in the suit, but rather the Council. She requested truths be spoken in the Council Chambers.

 

DM. Gussen referenced an April 19th New York Times article by Mr. David Brooks and read a portion of said article into the record.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin commented that the Township Council meets to govern and not politic.

 

C. Katz responded that this issue is not a matter of politics, but a matter of statements made against employees of the Township.

 

PUBLIC HEARING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES

Ms. Evelina read the Ordinances by title only.

 

ORDINANCE #4237 – AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE RESURFACING OF WEST ENGLEWOOD AVENUE, SECTION 4, FROM SUSSEX ROAD TO WINDSOR ROAD AS A GENERAL IMPROVEMENT AND APPROPRIATING $140,000.00 TO BE ENTIRELY FUNDED BY A GRANT UNDER THE NEW JERSEY TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND AUTHORITY ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011.

 

ORDINANCE #4238 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE 2011 ROAD RESURFACING AND SIDEWALK 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 $1,100,000 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 #4239 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE STORMWATER DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $94,000 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 #4240 - BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE RESURFACING OF VARIOUS MUNICIPAL PARKING LOTS IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $327,000 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 inquired whether any member of the Council has any comments respecting these ordinances prior to opening the public hearing.

 

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

 

None.

 

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

 

Councilmember Stern moved to pass Ordinances 4237-4240 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 Honis.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            C.Toffler (at time of vote).

 

Mayor declared that the ordinances were duly adopted.

 

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.

 

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

 

MINUTES

 

None.

 

RESOLUTIONS (Resolution 148-11. - vote taken prior to Closed Session)

 

149-11.       Award Professional Services Contract – First Mountain Arboriculture, LLC – Third Five-Year Community Forest Management Plan.

150-11.       Award Contract – Stanziale Construction, LLC – Resurfacing of Queen Anne Road, Section 7.

151-11.      Award Contract – Creative Outdoor Advertising – Public Space Recycling Program.

152-11.      Authorize Submission of Grant Application – TMAASA – 2012.

153-11.      Amend 2011 Budget – Municipal Court Alcohol Education, Rehabilitation and Enforcement.

154-11.      Authorize Issuance of Payment for Statutory Interest – Chief Financial Officer – Block 1206, Lot 2.

155-11.     Refund 2010 and 2011 Tax Overpayments – Chief Financial Officer – Various.

156-11.     Ratify 2007, 2009 and 2010 Tax Refunds – Chief Financial Officer – Various.

162-11.     Ratify Payments – Chief Financial Officer – May, 2011.

157-11.    Authorize Municipal Consent – Club Liquor License Renewals – 2011-2012.

158-11.    Authorize Municipal Consent – Consumption Liquor License Renewals – 2011-2012.

159-11.    Authorize Municipal Consent – Distribution Liquor License Renewals – 2011-2012

160-11.     Award Contract – Crossroad Construction Corporation – Winthrop Road Sewer Replacement.

 

Ms. Evelina advised Council that Fill’er Up Kosher Wines, located at 166 W. Englewood Avenue, received their Tax Clearance Certificate from the Division of Taxation today. As such, she requested to amend the respective resolution to include this licensee for the purpose of providing Municipal consent for 2011-2012.

 

No member of the public wished to comment on this amendment.

 

Council approved Ms. Evelina’s request.

 

BILL LIST

 

Ms. Evelina read the amount of the Bill List into the record. ($1,325,626.04)

 

Deputy Mayor Gussen moved to approve the Consent Agenda, including Minutes, Resolutions (except resolution #162-11), 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 Honis.

 

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

 

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

 

Opposed:         C. Parker (Resolution #151-11).

 

Recused:         None.

 

Abstained:       C. Parker (Bill List except Item #162664), DM. Gussen (Bill List Item #162664), C. Katz.

 

Absent:            None.

 

Mayor declared said items passed.

 

DM. Gussen made a motion to move resolution #162-11 for the purpose of discussion. Seconded by C. Toffler.

 

C. Toffler inquired as to the transfer of $20,000 to Ms. Donna Alessi and a transfer of $5,000,000.

 

Mr. Broughton noted that the $20,000 to Ms. Alessi was part of a layoff appeal settlement and the $5,000,000 transfer was made by CFO Bianchi to obtain a more competitive interest rate.

 

Mr. Broughton will obtain an explanation from Mr. Bianchi about the transfer.

 

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

 

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

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Abstained:       C. Katz, C. Toffler.

 

Mayor declared said item passed.

 

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES

 

None.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Mayor Hameeduddin requested an update from Township Manager Broughton regarding the status of the website.

 

Manager Broughton informed the Council that the contract between the Township and the vendor is now signed and a meeting is scheduled for the week of July 10th. The timeline is approximately 3 months from the month of August.

 

DM. Gussen requested an update regarding the feasibility study between Teaneck and Bogota Police Department.

 

Manager Broughton discussed the feasibility study undertaken by Blue Shield Consulting and a meeting between both police departments by Blue Shield on June 10th. At this time, approximately 170 pages of the report are complete, and a preliminary report will be completed for review on August 1st. After a review and discussion of the report, the report will be made public, and Council will have an opportunity to review said report.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

  1. Request to be listed on Upcoming Agenda - Jerry Ryan, Bergen Community College President.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin requested the Council come up with some dates to hear Mr. Jerry Ryan for a 15-minute presentation.

 

C. Honis noted that Bergen Community College requested July 12th and the Council requested this item be listed for the July 12th Council Meeting.

 

  1. Request for Endorsement of Resolution – Social Services Advisory Board.

 

Council authorized this resolution.

 

 

  1. Chairpersons’ Recommendations for 2011-2012 Appointments.

 

C. Katz requested these recommendations be held until the next meeting.

 

C. Stern noted that appointments for the Cedar Lane Management Group are due at the end of June and suggested a resolution be passed to re-appoint members.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin noted that members of the Planning Board will also have to be re-appointed and directed the Clerk to list re-appointments of members for these boards on the July 12, 2011 Council Meeting agenda.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

None.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS - COUNCIL LIAISONS

 

None.

 

 

COUNCIL-LISTED ITEMS

 

  1. Oppose BCUA Increase – Mayor Hameeduddin.

 

Council agreed to support and send a resolution to oppose the BCUA rate increase and invite them to a future Council Meeting for a presentation. The BCUA will be invited to a future Council Meeting.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin commended the 2006 Council for passing the sewer tax.

 

TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

 

  1. I have provisionally promoted Ms. Susan Palmadessa to the position of Senior Clerk in the Teaneck Police Department, effective June 13, 2011.

 

  1. Donation.

 

Township Manager Broughton reported that Fairleigh Dickinson University has donated $40,000 to the Township of Teaneck to be used at the discretion of the Township Council and read a letter regarding the donation into the record.

 

C. Katz requested that Fairleigh Dickinson be invited to a future Council meeting to present a large check to the Township Council and award them a Certificate.

 

Mayor Hameeduddin requested that Fairleigh Dickinson University be invited to present their donation check at the July 26 meeting of the Township Council.

 

C. Katz asked Mr. Turitz to clarify which party would be paying to defend the Township of Teaneck Council in Toffler v. Township Council.

 

Mr. Turitz responded that the defendant, the Township Council, will be paying for their defense. He advised that any judgment against the Township of Teaneck or its Council would be paid from the Township’s general fund.

 

C. Toffler added that Toffler v. Township Council seeks no money in the complaint.

 

C. Parker noted that only one Youth Advisory Board member was present today and clarified that the students will be re-invited due to most students already being enrolled in a higher education institution and a miscommunication.

 

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY’S REPORT

 

None.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Deputy Mayor Gussen moved to adjourn at 10:28 p.m. Seconded by Councilmember Honis and carried by the following vote:

 

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

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.