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August 16,2011 Council Meeting Minutes

Date: August 16, 2011
Time: 8:00 PM

MINUTES OF THE OPEN SESSION MEETING OF

THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL

HELD IN THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING COUNCIL CHAMBERS

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 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 #198-11 Authorize Council to enter Closed Session.

CLOSED SESSION DISCUSSION

MOTION TO RETURN TO OPEN SESSION

Deputy Mayor Gussen 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.

 

Present: C. Parker (8:30 p.m.), C. Stern, DM. Gussen, C. Honis, C. Katz C. Toffler.

 

Absent: Mayor Hameeduddin.

 

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

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1. Police Promotions

a. Captain Robert Carney to Deputy Chief

Mr. Broughton spoke in honor of Captain Carney and swore him in as Deputy Chief.

b. Lt. Kenneth Croonquist to Captain

Mr. Broughton spoke in honor of Lt. Croonquist and swore him in as Captain.

c. Sgt. Christopher Kurschner to Lieutenant

Mr. Broughton spoke in honor of Sgt. Kurschner and swore him in as Lieutenant.

d. P.O. Patrick Forrest to Sergeant

Mr. Broughton spoke in honor of Officer Forrest and swore him in as Sergeant.

e. P.O. Gerard Rosano to Sergeant

 

Mr. Broughton spoke in honor of Officer Rosano and swore him in as Sergeant.

Chief Wilson thanked the Township Council and Manager for their support of these promotions within the Teaneck Police Department; discussed the recent hiring of new police officers and the intense preparation needed.

DM. Gussen relayed a message of thanks from Mayor Hameeduddin to all of the Police Department personnel promoted and thanked their families for their shared sacrifice.

C. Katz congratulated the promoted individuals and stated that the Teaneck Police Department was one of the best in the State.

C. Toffler added her congratulatory remarks; spoke of her dealings with the Police Department positively; and thanked all of the personnel.

C. Honis congratulated personnel; discussed the commitment of the promoted personnel to Teaneck; and thanked their families.

C. Stern discussed his work with the Bergen County Police and Fire Academy and his pride of being associated with the Teaneck Police Department.

Mr. Broughton echoed the Council and Chief’s sentiments; referred to the officers’ careers as the future of the Teaneck Police Department; spoke of their commitment to the level of service the Department provides; and stated that Teaneck Police Department is the best in the country.

Council adjourned for a brief recess to allow guests the option to leave.

2. YAB Seniors.

C. Parker presented Marsha Gailes and Deborah Rojas with Certificates of Appreciation as graduating seniors and wished both students well in their future endeavors.

Gabrial Rojas will be attending TCNJ and majoring in psychology. Marsha Gailes will be attending Montclair State University on a full scholarship and majoring in Molecular Biology.

C. Parker congratulated both Ms. Gailes and Mr. Rojas on their accomplishments and gave an honorable mention to all departing YAB Members for their years of service on the YAB.

C. Parker called up Michael Pleasants and Patrick Edmonds to deliver a brief presentation to the Council with respect to the Board.

Mr. Pleasants and Mr. Edmonds provided the Council and community with an overview of this year’s programs. They discussed their involvement with the Youth Advisory Board, the previous academic year’s events. They requested that Council and the Township Manager continue to support the Youth Advisory Board by participating in monthly meetings. Finally, Mr. Pleasants and Mr. Edmonds invited members of the public, both adults and youth, to submit an application to Township Clerk Evelina to serve on the Youth Advisory Board.

3. Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA).

Mr. Len Fiola, Consulting Engineer retained by BCUA; Mr. Steve Cinizi; and Mr. Robert Lyle, Executive Director of the BCUA presented an invitation to the Township Council to participate in a program aimed at reducing Rain Derived Infiltration Inflow (RDI/I). They explained the current process of rain water entering into the sanitary sewer system; presented a solution and goal to eliminate inflow and infiltration from entering into sanitary sewer system by 30% over a 20 year period; and presented a tentative schedule to begin studying and remediating the excess RDI/I in the Township’s sewer system.

DM. Gussen inquired about the enforcement of prior issues with the sewer system from previous home owners’ contractors’ negligence.

Mr. Fiola responded that the BCUA will not issue any citations for code enforcement issues.

DM. Gussen further inquired about the charges of sanitary sewer usage.

Mr. Lyle responded that the charges are combined between a municipality’s meter flow and a portion of the overall plant cost. He added that meters would run less with clean water.

C. Toffler expressed concern regarding the increase in the Township’s sewer rate and inquired if the rate was connected to the participation in the pilot program.

Mr. Fiola answered that the pilot program does not impact the BCUA’s fee and added that the pilot program is offered at no cost to municipalities.

C. Honis inquired about the status of participating municipalities and if they have experienced any cost savings as a result of their participation.

Mr. Fiola replied that most of the Bergen County municipalities have signed on or are at the beginning of the process of signing on to the pilot program.

DM. Gussen asked for the next step to participating in the program.

Mr. Cinizi responded that Mr. Turitz has been given a resolution to be distributed to the Council along with an Executive Summary detailing the next actions in this project. Mr. Cinizi encouraged the Council to examine the Service Agreement and the amendment to the Service Agreement with the BCUA before committing to a decision.

C.Toffler discussed moving forward with a project and not finding a surprise creek.

Mr. Cinizi mentioned that sample letters will provided to Township officials to mail to residents.

DM. Gussen requested Mr. Turitz to review the materials and Executive Summary and list this item for discussion at the next Council meeting.

C.Stern asked if a list of municipalities in the current pilot program is available.

Mr. Cinizi responded that a list of municipalities can be found in the Executive Summary.

DM. Gussen read resolution #211-11 into the record (not to re-zone Route 4 to hotel zone) and added same to the Consent Agenda.

PUBLIC HEARING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES

NONE.

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

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

 

C. Toffler referenced the one-year anniversary of the passing of Joan Davis and reminded the public of her weekly memorandum to the Council. She referenced Chief Robert A. Wilson’s prior comments about Ms. Davis’ memorandums. C. Toffler referenced DM. Gussen’s prior comments regarding not voting for a municipal budget with an increase. She spoke about 2009 budget talks and spending cuts with DM. Gussen and his affirmative vote for the budget given a pending State take over.

 

Deputy Mayor Gussen 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.

 

Eires Giland (sic), Teaneck – discussed his intent to voice opposition against the re-zoning of Route 4 to allow a hotel; thanked Council for their proposed resolution not to consider re-zoning Route 4.

 

Mark Glassberg, Teaneck- thanked the Council for adding Resolution #211-11 and for the opportunity to create a healthy dialogue by holding meetings with residents. He also questioned whether or not the Planning Board’s amendment of the Master Plan and recommendation to re-zone Route 4 stands.

 

Michael Kates, Teaneck – also thanked Council for committing to Resolution #211-11 and the Route 4 greenbelt running through the proposed Route 4 re-zoning proposal; and presented a map to Council of the Route 4 green belt.

 

Devar Tykman (sic), Teaneck – urged the Council to vote in favor of resolution #211-11; reiterated Mr. Glassberg’s question regarding the Planning Board and existing Council’s recommendations; commended the Council for listening to residents and proposing Resolution #212-11.

 

Raul Kaseras (sic), Teaneck – discussed his experience when moving into the Teaneck green belt; and hoped that the new families who moved into the area would have the opportunity to enjoy the green belt as his family had.

 

Michelle Major, Teaneck – encouraged all of the Council members to vote yes to Resolution #211-11 for the safety of the children in the area.

 

Dr. Alex Rashin, Teaneck – discussed maintenance services of the Township’s roads, public properties this spring, a recent leak in the Township Library, the condition of the columns at the main entrance to the Municipal Building, replacement of the Cupola. He urged the Council to re-consider changing the Cupola from wood to a PVC model. He further spoke about not being able to present a PowerPoint at the Manager’s Town Hall meeting regarding the Old Police Headquarters and urged the Council to seek an alternative concept at future public hearings.

 

Howard Rose, Teaneck – commended the Council and Planning Board for their intentions to help bring ratables to Teaneck; referenced Resolution #211-11; encouraged the Council to pass said resolution. He thanked C.Toffler for reminding the public of the one-year anniversary of Ms. Davis’ passing; and spoke about his enjoyment of seeing members of the Police Department become promoted to higher positions.

 

Joe Harris, Teaneck- discussed his inability to retrieve an agenda, minutes and resolutions from the Township’s website; commended the Council for passing the resolution which urged the closing of all nuclear power plants; spoke about the re-assessment of nuclear power plants in the United States; hoped that the Township will affirm its commitment to educating the residents of Teaneck about the dangers of power plants; and hoped the Township would instruct the OEM coordinator to be a part of this effort.

 

Alan Sohn, Teaneck- discussed the language in Resolution #211-11, the difficulty of constructing a hotel at the site of the Siegel property given its size; suggested other areas around Route 4 to be used for ratable; and suggested Alfred Avenue as a proposed area to gain ratable, possibly using the north side of Route 4 as the use of a hotel zone.

 

Ruth Brower, Teaneck- spoke about a Township tree causing damage to her property; referenced opinions by various tree removal contractors regarding the tree; referenced tree ordinances that would apply to her situation; and requested Council do something to remedy this issue.

 

Genevieve Maiburger, Teaneck – requested that Council alternate speakers during Good and Welfare; referenced an incident in which a Township tree limb fell; and requested that the Township address issues with trees such as Mrs. Browers’.

 

Mildred Tucker, Teaneck- commended the Teaneck Police Department for their recent apprehension of a suspect in an incident outside of her home; criticized the Council playing dual roles; applauded Councilwoman Parker’s work as Council liaison to the Youth Advisory Board; and requested the Council leave Board of Education governance to the Board of Education.

 

Jackie Kates, Teaneck- thanked the Council for their responsiveness to the neighbors living near Route 4; recommended Council perform studies for a light industrial zone on Alfred Avenue with a possible additional commercial overlay zone; referenced the visioning process; and recommended Council re-visit this report for ideas about the future of Teaneck.

 

Steve Hollitsky (sic), Teaneck- discussed his opposition to the Route 4 hotel zone; corrected Mr. Sohn’s prior comments regarding the green zone; shared stories about wildlife sightings in the Township; and urged Council to pass Resolution #211-11.

 

Clara Williams, Teaneck- spoke about a mural across from Votee Park, advertising a chicken with a wine glass; requested information about how the sign received approval from the Township; and voiced concern about the image the sign projected of Teaneck.

 

Robin Robinson, Teaneck – discussed unity; reminded the Council and public that all children are precious in God’s sight; reminded the Council and public of historic events that were experienced by past groups; referenced the national debt ceiling fight; urged the Council to stop the fighting; and urged Council to look forward to moving in the right direction.

 

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

 

Deputy Mayor Gussen 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 discussed the need to bring new revenue to the Township without burdening residents; discussed his commitment to this goal; and requested Mr. Turitz clarify and give an overview.

 

Mr. Turitz spoke about the Municipal Land Use law and the charge of the Planning Board to plan. He noted that the Master Plan is not approved by the Council and the re-examination of the Master Plan needing to occur every 10 years. The Master Plan does not bind the Council which is charged with Zoning. The Planning Board cannot bind or give away Council land without Council’s authority but can make recommendations of historical sites. The division of authority is clear. If the Planning Board wishes to, it can re-exam its re-examination; however, it is ultimately the Planning Board’s decision as to what to do with that document. Mr. Turitz noted that the Zoning sub-committee will be meeting in September and will look at other recommendations in light of the Council’s putting forward Resolution #211-11.

 

C. Parker inquired about the need to notify residents if the Council were to re-consider this resolution.

 

Mr. Turitz responded that an ordinance must be adopted but residents would not need to be informed.

 

C. Parker requested that language be added to Resolution #211-11, asking the Planning Board to reconsider its rezoning of the hotel zone on Route 4.

 

DM. Gussen amended his motion to pass Resolution #211-11 to include this language.

 

DM. Gussen responded to Ms. Williams’ concern regarding the mural by Votee Park by referencing to his knowledge that the building owner is not in compliance with the Township’s sign ordinance. He assured Ms. Williams that the Building Department is aware of this sign and is taking the necessary means of enforcement. He also asked Mr. Turitz about the process of reporting a sign going against the sign ordinance.

 

Mr. Turitz replied that the Manager should become aware of the illegal sign and would then inform the Building Department.

 

Mr. Broughton noted that the sign was supposed to be a mural that ended up being painted as an advertisement.

 

C. Parker asked if there was a way Council could control what types of murals are painted in the Township.

 

Mr. Turitz replied that he would need to research C. Parker’s question.

 

DM. Gussen requested the Zoning Subcommittee address this issue in its sign ordinance as current language is not totally inclusive. He also discussed the separation of the Library from the Township.

 

C. Toffler requested Mr. Broughton’s position not to cut down Ms. Brower’s tree be reconsidered.

 

Mr. Broughton responded that he had visited Mrs. Brower’s house a number of times and tried to settle this matter but in order to remedy her specific problem, he requested that the Township Council change the ordinance to include situations such as hers.

 

C. Toffler discussed the new organization Teaneck 20/20 and its hope in the fall to see what type of developments take place in Teaneck. She also wished that Council was informed of Resolution #211-11 before it was introduced.

 

DM. Gussen noted that given the lawsuit Toffler v. Teaneck Council, he found it very difficult to communicate with C. Toffler outside of Council meetings.

 

Mr. Broughton added that if Mr. Brower took action in her yard and the tree was found unstable, the Township may take action to remove the tree.

 

C. Katz thanked DM. Gussen and C. Honis for putting together Resolution #211-11. He agreed with the Manager about removing trees in the Township and felt that Mrs. Brower was in a catch-22 predicament. He recommended that we find a middle ground with the estimates she has received.

 

C. Honis referenced Resolution #211-11 and comments by a resident to develop north of Route 4. She reminded the Council and public that sitting on the Council requires an individual to undertake a decision with all groups in the Township in mind and in the best interests of Teaneck. C. Honis announced her support for Resolution #211-11; and discussed the reasoning for a link between the Municipal Building and Old Police Building to become more ADA compliant.

 

C. Toffler referenced prior emails regarding the January 6th incident; and offered that if the Council rescinded Resolution #47-11, she will cover both her and the Township’s legal costs.

 

C. Katz re-emphasized his request from C. Toffler to provide the emails in question.

 

C. Toffler responded that she is awaiting Mr. Turitz’s response prior to releasing the emails in question to C. Katz.

 

Mr. Turitz replied that he has furnished C. Toffler with a written opinion on August 16, 2011.

 

C. Katz reiterated that he has not received the emails in question; referenced a discussion with group of residents known as the Teaneck Truth Squad; inquired if a banner detailing the legal costs incurred through Toffler v. Township Council could be hung up on Cedar Lane; and requested a copy of the Banner Policy.

 

Mr. Turitz informed the Council that he rendered an opinion to C. Toffler that emails stemming from the incidents relating to January 6, 2011 are subject to being requested under the Open Public Records Act.

 

DM. Gussen asked Mr. Turitz if the possessor of documents requested under OPRA could distribute them otherwise.

 

Mr. Turitz noted that it is the Clerk who is responsible for handling and fulfilling OPRA requests and would not opine as to whether individuals can undertake their own action of releasing documents.

 

C. Parker asked C. Katz why he was requesting the emails, as he was copied on same.

 

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

RA #1303 – Holy Name Healthcare Foundation – $20.00.

RA #1304 – Care Plus Foundation, Inc. - $20.00.

RA #1305 – Christ Episcopal Church - $20.00.

MINUTES

May 24, 2011 – Open Session Meeting.

June 6, 2011 – Open Session Meeting (C. Honis, Absent).

June 28, 2011 – Open Session Meeting.

July 12, 2011 – Open Session Meeting (C. Toffler, Absent).

July 26, 2011 – Open Session Meeting.

RESOLUTIONS

(Resolution 198-11 – vote taken prior to Closed Session)

199-11. Authorize Collective Negotiations Agreement with Teaneck Police PBA Local No. 215 and the Superior Officers Association of the Teaneck Police Department – 1/1/08-12/31/12.

200-11. Authorize Encroachment into Public Right-of-Way – Schnitzel, 1450 Queen Anne Road – Awning.

201-11. Authorize Execution of Necessary Deeds for Transfer of Township-Owned

Unbuildable Lot – Block 1805, Westerly, Portion of Lot 8 (Referenced in Resolution #130-04).

202-11. Refund 2009 and 2010 Taxes Pursuant to State Tax Court Decisions – Chief Financial Officer – Various.

203-11. Authorize Issuance of Purchase Order – Chas S. Winner, Inc. – Police Vehicles.

204.11 Authorize Issuance of Purchase Order – Motorola and Kenwood Communications c/o B&C Communications – Radio Communication Equipment.

205-11. Approve Corrective Action Plan as Required by Local Finance Notice 92-15.

206-11. Award Various Contracts for Rental of Equipment for Leaf Removal, Snow Plowing and Snow Removal – 2011-2014.

207-11. Authorize Issuance of Purchase Order – Deluxe International Trucks, Inc. – DPW Roll-Off Truck.

208-11. Appropriate Funds – Capital Improvement Fund – Resurfacing of West Englewood Avenue – Section 4 Project.

209-11. Award Professional Services Contract – Schwanewede/Hals Engineering – Resurfacing of West Englewood Avenue – Section 4 Project.

210-11. Authorize Submission of Project Application to the County – Votee Park Synthetic Turf Improvement.

211-11. Reject Re-zoning of Route 4 recommendation by Planning Board in accordance with re-examination of Master Plan.

BILL LIST

Ms. Evelina read the amount of the Bill List into the record. ($ 5,509,312.21)

DM. Gussen made a motion to table Resolution B - Appoint Member to the Senior Citizen Advisory Board. Councilmember Honis seconded and carried by the following vote:

In Favor: C. Stern, DM. Gussen, C. Honis

Opposed: C. Parker, C. Katz, C. Toffler.

Absent: Mayor Hameeduddin.

The motion did not pass.

Councilmember Toffler 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.

C. Parker requested that on a set of minutes, Mr. Walzer read Dr. Walzer.

Roll Call.

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

Opposed: C. Stern (Resolution B), DM. Gussen (Resolution B), C. Honis (Resolution B); C. Katz (Resolution B).

Absent: Mayor Hameeduddin.

Abstained: C. Parker (entire Bill List, except Check #163250); DM. Gussen (Check #163250); C. Honis (June 6, 2011 Minutes); C. Katz (entire Bill List except Check #163250); C. Toffler (July 12, 2011 Minutes).

Recused: C. Katz (Resolutions #200-11, #208-11, #209-11)

Deputy Mayor Gussen declared said items were passed.

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES

Councilmember Katz 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.

Ms. Evelina read the Ordinances by title only.

ORDINANCE #4241 – AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING SALARY RANGES, CLASSIFICATION OF POSITIONS AND DUTIES THEREOF FOR CLASSIFIED AND UNCLASSIFIED MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES IN THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK.

 

ORDINANCE #4242 – BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE ACQUISITION OF SIGN MAKING EQUIPMENT FOR THE USE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $50,000 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 #4243 - AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING SALARY RANGES, CLASSIFICATION OF POSITIONS AND DUTIES THEREOF FOR CLASSIFIED AND UNCLASSIFIED MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES IN THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK.

Seconded by Deputy Mayor Gussen.

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

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

Roll Call.

In Favor: C. Parker, C. Stern, DM. Gussen, C. Katz.

Opposed: None.

Absent: Mayor Hameeduddin, C. Honis (at time of vote), C. Toffler (at time of vote).

DM. Gussen declared that said ordinances were duly introduced and passed on first reading.

OLD BUSINESS

None.

MISCELLANEOUS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

1. Cancelation of August 30, 2011 Open Session meeting.

DM. Gussen suggested that the August 30, 2011 meeting be canceled due to a lack of quorum and proposed a resolution to eliminate the Open and Closed Meetings of the Council on August 30, 2011. Mr. Broughton also noted that the August 30, 2011 meeting would not adversely impact Municipal operations.

DM. Gussen made a motion to approve Resolution #212-11, amending the 2011 Council Meeting Schedule to cancel the August 30, 2011 Meetings. Seconded by C. Stern and carried by the following vote:

In Favor: C. Parker, C. Stern, DM. Gussen.

Opposed: None.

Abstained: C. Katz.

Absent: C. Honis (at time of vote), C. Toffler (at time of vote), Mayor Hameeduddin.

COMMUNICATIONS

C. Parker discussed her recent meeting regarding House of Representatives Resolution 676 to provide single-payer national health insurance for every American, and she would like same considered for discussion at a future meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS - COUNCIL LIAISONS

None.

COUNCIL-LISTED ITEMS

1. Affirmative Action Advisory Board (C. Toffler).

This item will be re-listed for the next meeting of September 13, 2011.

2. 9-11 Moment of Remembrance Information (DM. Gussen).

The United States Senate passed a resolution, establishing a national moment of remembrance and requested all houses of worship ring bells and all police and fire trucks sound their sirens for one minute to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of September 11, 2011.

C. Stern informed the public that the Bergen County Department of Public Safety secured one of the girters from the World Trade Center site. He noted that there will be a dedication ceremony on September 10, 2011 at the Police Academy in Mahwah at 10:30 a.m.

TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

1. I have provisionally promoted Mrs. Jennifer Jackson to the position of Senior Clerk in the Teaneck Township Clerk’s Office, effective August 1, 2011.

2. I have probationally appointed Mr. Leonard Hanauer to the position of Firefighter with the Teaneck Fire Department, effective August 1, 2011.

3. I have probationally appointed Mr. Walker Riker to the position of Mechanic in the Department of Public Works, effective July 31, 2011.

4. I have probationally appointed Mr. Scott Sullivan to the position of Mechanic in the Department of Public Works, effective July 31, 2011.

5. I have probationally appointed Mrs. June Whyard to the unclassified position of Confidential Secretary in the Department of Public Works, effective August 8, 2011.

Mr. Broughton also discussed the recent award of contracts and coming work to repair the front entrance of the Municipal Building’s columns, cupola and walkway.

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY’S REPORT

Mr. Turitz recommended that Council adopt a resolution establishing a national moment of remembrance with the names of the ten Teaneck residents who passed on September 11, 2001.

DM. Gussen made a motion to approve Resolution #213-11, establishing a national moment of remembrance with the names of the ten Teaneck residents who passed on September 11, 2001. Seconded by C. Parker and carried by the following vote:

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Toffler (at time of vote), Mayor Hameeduddin.

Mr. Turitz reminded Council that they are obligated to respond to the Township Clerk if an OPRA is filed and requires a response from Council members regarding documentation, even if a Councilperson does not have possession of the document(s) in question.

ADJOURNMENT

DM. Gussen moved to adjourn at 11:13 p.m.

Seconded by Councilmember Stern.

Roll Call.

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

Opposed: None.

Absent: C. Toffler, Mayor Hameeduddin.