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October 26, 2011 - Council Meeting Minutes

Date: October 26, 2011
Time: 8:00 PM

Distributed:     1/17/12                        Agenda:          1/24/12







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, DM. Gussen, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Hameeduddin.


Absent:            None.


Also Present:   S. Turitz./W. Rupp - Ferrara, Turitz, Harraka, & Goldberg, Esqs; W. Broughton, Township Manager/Acting Clerk; J. Evelina Senior Clerk, I. Abbasi, Executive Assistant.





Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by Resolution 170-10, setting the 2010 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 asked all present to pause for a moment of silence in honor of the late Police Officer John Abraham.




1.         Bryce Samuel Lewis (Best Basketball Player) - Certificate.


Mayor Hameeduddin presented a certificate to Bryce Samuel Lewis for his achievement as one of the best basketball players in the State and read the certificate into the record.


Bryce Lewis thanked his family for all their efforts.


2.         New Website Vendor.


Mr. Broughton presented a PowerPoint detailing the Website Committee’s selection of a new website vendor. His presentation detailed the current status of the Township’s website; presented the Committee’s list of requirements in a new website vendor; detailed the general characteristics of low-end, fully-loaded and mid-range websites. He also spoke about the selection of Delaware.net AKA Civic Logic as the Township’s new website vendor and discussed the timeline of the website project.


Mayor Hameeduddin inquired about paying property taxes online.


Mr. Broughton discussed the service fees associated with paying property taxes online and discussed the possibility of having this service available sooner than the launch of the new Township website.


C. Katz referenced prior residents’ comments about the website and expressed his excitement with respect to the launch of a new website.


Mayor Hameeduddin asked the Manager to further discuss the trouble ticket application.


Mr. Broughton discussed how the application can track assignments and tasks assigned to various employees and its notification to the Manager when the assignment is not completed within a specified period of time.








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


Gloria Wilson, Teaneck – thanked Mr. Broughton for his time and effort regarding his work on Tryon Avenue, Ardsley Court and Fairfield Avenue. The Block Association felt that the job was well done, and the contractor was very courteous. She requested that the roads on Fairfield Street be better maintained.


Art Vatsky, Teaneck – thanked the Manager and staff for responding to his concerns about the website; spoke about the costs associated with prior litigation; alleged that the cost saving of combining the Police and Fire Departments with a Public Safety Director was .3%; spoke about the disciplinary power afforded to the Manager regarding public safety personnel; and read into the record the disciplinary section of the Police Manual.


Lillian Lewis, Teaneck – thanked the Township Manager and Council for taking the time to recognize her grandson’s accomplishments.


Theresa Edwards – spoke about the ACE Mentor Program for Architecture, Construction and Engineering; thanked Interim Superintendent Barbara Pinsak for bringing the ACE program to Teaneck High School; gave a background of the ACE Program; and requested the Township Council not bring up the non-issue of the Board of Education parking lot.


Kevin Barksdale (sic), Teaneck – requested Mr. Broughton ask Civic Logic about the growth of the application; inquired if the Manager will have access to applications prior to the launch of the website to ensure the Township’s requests are met; referenced two incidents on school busses wherein students were involved in bullying incidents; and spoke about the Council’s prior cuts to the school budget.


Tom Abbott, Teaneck – spoke about rent control; referenced information from the Township Assessor’s recent report; urged the Council when considering rent control ordinances to consider the renters; inquired about the inclusion of user-friendly search options with the new website and the new website’s level of security with the proposed new website vendor; and asked about the ownership of the website and the possibility of raising maintenance fees.


There being no further persons who wished to speak at this time, Mayor Hameeduddin declared 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.


Mr. Broughton thanked the residents from Ardsley Court for their comments; spoke about bonding for recent litigation decisions to be included in the 2011 Township’s budget; affirmed that scalability and hosting was considered and discussed; spoke about the maintenance fee and current website’s host; and discussed the power of the Township Manager including other laws and case law that govern the powers of the Township Manager and Police Chief.


Mr. Turitz gave a legal explanation about the systems in place for holding officers liable for wrongful acts; discussed the issue of enforcement being subject to collective bargaining agreements, State and Federal rules and regulations and Civil Service rules and regulations; noted that no employee, including the Manager is liable for monetary damages in a lawsuit; referenced three major lawsuits; explained when an employee could lose their pension; spoke about the facts surrounding two former lawsuits out of the Police Department and the retirement of the Police Chief in each case prior to the findings of the lawsuit; spoke about the reasons behind the Township being held liable for a series of acts that resulted in the monetary award in a prior suit awarded by a jury; and clarified the difference between the old Public Safety structure and the new structure under Ordinance 4200 of discipline for public safety matters.


C. Toffler referenced Mr. Barksdale’s concerns about safety on school busses and alleged bullying incidents and asked a school representative who was in attendance to look into the matter; requested the Board of Education make a recommendation to have monitors return to the busses by the holiday recess; referenced a prior discussion at the Chamber of Commerce dinner regarding ways to promote good press events at the Teaneck High School; and applauded the ACE Mentoring Program.


C. Katz requested additional information about the ACE Mentoring Program; expressed that the Council and Board of Education should not further any discussions regarding the Board of Education’s parking lot; and referenced conversations between the Manager and Interim Superintendent of Schools regarding shared services.


DM. Gussen referenced a conversation with parents about the same alleged bullying incident with a student on a school bus; referenced the recent $6 million budget cut to the Township’s school budget and there not being a recommendation to cut monitors or paraprofessional staff; and noted that the Board of Education’s actions cut school monitors, not the Council.


Mayor Hameeduddin informed the audience that he was made aware of the recent incident on the school bus and action is being taken by the Board of Education, and he noted that in the event of snow, public safety will handle students’ safe return to their homes.




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.












291-10.            Amend 2010 Municipal Budget - Body Armor Replacement Program.

292-10.            Authorize Execution of Agreement with Green Acres Program - Improvements to Votee Park Athletic Fields.

293-10.            Authorize Issuance of Purchase Order - Guard Line Fire and Safety - Fire Department Equipment.

294-10.            Ratify Payments - Chief Financial Officer - September, 2010.

295-10.            Authorize Usage of Hyatt Fund.

296-10.            Authorize Appointment to Cedar Lane Management Group.

297-10.            Authorize Appointment to Civilian Complaint Review Board.

298-10.            Authorize Appointment to Advisory Board on Community Relations.

299-10.            Authorize Appointment to Library Board.

300-10.            Authorize Appointment to Parks, Playgrounds and Recreation Advisory Board.

301-10.            Authorize Appointment to Patriotic Observance Advisory Board.

302-10.            Authorize Appointments to Shade Tree Advisory Board.

303-10.            Authorize Appointments to Site Plan Review Advisory Board.

304-10.            Authorize Appointments to Social Services Advisory Board.

305-10. Authorize Disability Retirement - M. Koscuiszka.

306-10.            Authorize Issuance of Purchase Order - T.M. Fitzgerald & Associates - Recycling Containers.




Ms. Evelina read the amount of the Bill List into the record. $4,025,654.86


C. Katz moved to approve the Consent Agenda, including Minutes, Resolutions, and the Bill List, and to dispense with the reading of same inasmuch as it has been posted on the bulletin board all day. Seconded by C. Toffler.


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


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


Opposed:         None.


Absent:            None.


Abstained:       C. Parker, C. Katz (Bill List), C. Toffler (Bill List).


Mayor Hameeduddin declared whether said items were passed.




C. Katz moved that the following Ordinances be introduced and passed on first reading and that the Acting 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.




Seconded by C. Toffler.


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


No member of Council commented.


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


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


Opposed:         None.


Absent:            None.


Abstained:       C. Parker.


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




C. Katz asked if recent handicap parking requests can be reviewed to determine if any prior adopted ordinances needed to be rescinded because the resident moved.




1.         Rent Control.


Council requested that this matter be relisted for the November 9, 2010 Open Session Meeting.








1.         Letter dated September 12, 2010 from Teaneck Girl Scouts - PAL Building Usage.


C. Katz requested that this matter be relisted for the November 9, 2010 Open Session Meeting.




Mayor Hameeduddin spoke about the recent meeting of the Subcommittee regarding the Township Clerk position. He requested the Manager advertise the position with the New Jersey League of Municipalities. He noted that the Subcommittee hoped to hire a new Township Clerk by the new year. The Subcommittee also requested the job requirement and metrics be prepared by the Township’s Human Resources Director.


C. Parker requested that a temporary employee be considered for the Clerk’s office through the end of the year to ensure the Clerk’s office continues to function properly through the end of the year.


Mr. Broughton discussed the current issue of lay-off appeals potentially hindering the process of hiring a temporary employee.


Mayor Hameeduddin discussed today’s meeting with the Zoning Subcommittee and the discussion of possibly re-zoning from B1 to B2, the four corners in discussion of Teaneck Road and Fort Lee Road.


Mr. Turitz informed the Council that on November 9, 2010, the owner of 227 Teaneck Road will seek to have the restriction of his property removed by the Township. He noted that at the next meeting, an informal hearing will be given to the property owner, and home owners within 200 feet of the property will have an opportunity to be heard. No action by the Council will be taken at that meeting but Council will have to consider a course of action thereafter regarding permitted use.


C. Stern discussed the Cedar Lane Management Group’s recent meeting on October 13, 2010 and the CLMG’s Halloween candy stations on that night.








1.         I have provisionally appointed Mr. Jason DeMerchant to the position of Electrician in the Department of Public Works, effective October 18, 2010.


2.         I have provisionally appointed Mr. Daniel Kazmierczak to the position of Public Safety                 Telecommunicator in the Teaneck Police Department, effective October 25, 2010.


3.         I have provisionally appointed Mr. Thomas Challener to the position of Public Safety                    Telecommunicator in the Teaneck Police Department, effective October 25, 2010.


Mr. Broughton discussed the Township’s new recycling program; clarified the pick-up schedule is every other week; discussed the recycling container program for residents; discussed the recycling calendar; advised that he will have the Traffic Bureau evaluate 406 Queen Anne Road’s handicap parking space.








Councilmember Katz moved to adjourn at 9:36 p.m.


Seconded by Councilmember Honis.


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


Opposed:         None.


Absent:            None.