Minutes              Council Chambers              February 11, 2020             

Open Session              818 Teaneck Road              8:00 PM

                            Teaneck, New Jersey 07666

 

 

 

 

 

THE TOWNSHIP COUNCIL WILL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ADJOURN THIS MEETING NO LATER THAN 11:00 PM

TOWNSHIP COUNCIL AGENDA

LEGAL OPENING OF MEETING - 7:00 PM

CLOSED SESSION - MANAGER'S OFFICE - 7:05 PM - 8:00 PM

OPEN SESSION - COUNCIL CHAMBERS - PUBLIC INPUT 8:00 PM

I.

Pledge of Allegiance

II.

Mayor's Announcement

Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by Resolution No. 203-2019, sending a copy to the newspapers officially designated for 2020 by way of Resolution No. 218-2019, 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.

III.

Roll Call

Councilman Dunleavy, Councilwoman Romney Rice, Councilman Kaplan, Councilman Pruitt, Deputy Mayor Schwartz, Deputy Mayor Katz, Mayor Hameeduddin.

IV.

Motion To Go Into Closed Session

              36-2020 Authorize Council to Enter Into Closed Session - Adopted

V.

Closed Session Discussion

VI.

Motion To Return To Open Session

VII.

Pledge of Allegiance

VIII.

Call to Order

 

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

James Dunleavy

Councilman

Present

 

Gervonn Romney Rice

Councilwoman

Late

 

Keith Kaplan

Councilman

Late

 

Henry J. Pruitt

Councilman

Present

 

Mark J. Schwartz

Deputy Mayor

Present

 

Elie Y. Katz

Deputy Mayor

Present

 

Mohammed Hameeduddin

Mayor

Absent

 

Dean Kazinci

Deputy Township Manager

Present

 

John L. Shahdanian

Township Attorney

Present

 

Doug Ruccione

Acting Township Clerk

Present

 

John McCallum

Keyboarding Clerk 1

Present

 

Issa Abbasi

Chief Financial Officer

Present

 

 

IX.

Mayor's Announcement

Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by Resolution No. 203-2019, sending a copy to the newspapers officially designated for 2020 by way of Resolution No. 218-2019, 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.

 

Township Administration Present at Tonight’s Meeting Are:

 

·              Dean Kazinci, Township Manager

·              Doug Ruccione, Acting Township Clerk

·              Issa Abbasi, Chief Financial Officer

·              John McCallum, Keyboarding Clerk I

·              Clarence Barnes - Building Maintenance Worker

·              Ronn Goodman - Volunteer Cablecaster

·              John Shahdanian - From the Law Firm of McCusker, Anselmi, Rosen, Carvelli

 

Upcoming Events/Council Meetings

 

1)              The next televised Council Meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 with Public Input beginning at 7:00 PM.

 

2)              Municipal Offices will be closed tomorrow, February 12, 2020 and Monday, February 17, 2020 in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday and President’s Day.

 

3)              Council met in Closed Session to discuss the following:

 

·              Pride Awareness Committee Interviews

·              Chief Financial Officer

·              Safety Issues

·              Legal Issues and/or Opinions on Any Item on Open Session Agenda

·              Litigation Updates

·              OPRA

X.

Presentations

1.              Promotion: Daniel M. Dalessio - Police Sergeant -

Manager Kazinci welcomed the Public and detailed the importance of the Township’s Law Enforcement and the sacrifice that they must undergo to serve.

Manager Kazinci then delivered the Oath of Office to Daniel M. Dalessio, successfully promoting him to Police Sergeant.

2.              Promotion: Gregory D. Wright - Police Lieutenant -

Manager Kazinci delivered the Oath of Office to Gregory D. Wright, successfully promoting him to Police Lieutenant.

Council then expressed to the Promoted their gratitude for their service and looks forward to seeing the great things that they will continue to do in their career with the Township.

Police Chief O’Reilly then shared stories of the Promoted that showcased the well-deserved promotion. He expressed to the Public the magnitude of dedication that the Teaneck Police has and the sacrifices made to keep the people of Teaneck safe.

3.              2020 Lee Reid Award & Centennial - League of Women Voters -

Deputy Mayor Katz detailed to the Public the consistent productivity that the Teaneck League of Women Voters maintains in keeping the Public abreast of current issues and progressions in Politics and Government.

Councilwoman Romney-Rice then read into the record a Proclamation presented from Council to the Teaneck League of Women Voters.

The Teaneck Democratic Municipal Committee also presented a Proclamation to the Teaneck LWV on behalf of Senator Weinberg, and Assembly-members Huttle & Johnson.

Members of the Teaneck LWV then expressed to Council and the Public the appreciation that they have for the opportunity to assist people in performing their civic duty.

XI.

Work Session Items

A.

Miscellaneous

Councilwoman Romney-Rice informed the Public that there will be different activities and educational programs taking place at the Teaneck Library in honor of Black History Month; including Councilman Henry Pruitt leading a talk about human origins at the Library at 7 PM on February 20, 2020.

B.

Old Business

C.

New Business

The Council interviewed potential members of the newly formed Pride Committee during the evening's Closed Session.

 

Pride Committee Nomination were motioned by Councilman Dunleavy:

Larry Bauer, Chair

Lori Rosner, regular member

Councilman Dunleavy, Liaison. Motioned by Councilman Dunleavy

 

Seconded by Deputy Mayor Katz. By way of a voice vote, Council unanimously agreed.

D.

Communications

Councilwoman Romney-Rice; Park Memory Conversations Project - the Councilwoman received a request from a resident aspiring to establish a program that would allow residents to dedicate park benches to loved ones. Council agreed to allow the Manager to begin investigating the feasibility of the program.

E.

Committee Reports by Council Liaisons

1.              Parking & Pedestrian Safety Subcommittee; Locations of School Bus Stops - Deputy Mayor Schwartz -

Deputy Mayor Schwartz requested from Council to meet with members of the Police and Fire Departments to go review and possibly update the current school bus stops in the Township. Council agreed.

Councilman Kaplan also detailed that he spoke with members from Congressman Gottheimer’s office regarding additional parking options for Teaneck and requested permission from Council to bring a representative from his office to present those options. Council agreed.

 

Zoning Subcommittee - Deputy Mayor Katz:

Deputy Mayor Katz mentioned that the Subcommittee spoke about possible fencing around houses of worship and placing such closer to property line for security. He spoke about a possible ordinance on the matter.

The Subcommittee also had conversation about "Pods" being placed in the streets and residents’ lawn/driveway for extended periods of time - and possibly begin addressing the matter.

The Subcommittee also spoke on possible ideas for development on Alfred Avenue.

F.

Council-Listed Items

1.              Request State Representatives Help Secure Additional NJ State DOT Funding for Pedestrian Safety Grants - Councilman Kaplan -

Councilman Kaplan detailed a recent article in the Record about public funding for pedestrian safety and requested Council for permission to reach out to similar organizations to gauge feasibility for similar funding. Council agreed.

2.              Rutgers Update - Councilman Dunleavy -

Councilman Dunleavy detailed that the planning studio will begin reaching out to agents and residents of the Township for input.

G.

Township Manager's Report

              The food pantry will officially be relocating to 1400 Palisade Avenue on Friday, February 21, 2020.

              Spoke with County officials on road resurfacing projects in 2020. The following roads will be resurfaced:

o              Degraw Avenue between Teaneck Road and the Bogota border

o              River Road from Cedar Lane to the Bogota border

o              River Road from Route 4 to the Bergenfield border

o              Teaneck Road from Cedar Lane to Route 4

o              Cedar Lane from Teaneck Road to Hackensack will be resurfaced in 2021

              Bergen County will be doing some additional striping in the Spring along Teaneck Road to include the “Do Not Block the Box” at Westervelt Place.

 

              RFB’s were installed yesterday at the intersection of Cedar Lane and Chadwick. The County will stripe the roadway and create an area of refuge which is required for RFB crossings.

              Anthony Iovino is moving forward with the specs for the repairs at Station 4 on Windsor Road.

              We have applied for a County grant which will provide outreach resources for the upcoming Census.

              The Township is also providing the local Census Bureau with space to conduct staff training in April.

              The Township was awarded a $150,000 Bergen County Open Space Trust Fund grant for the Terhune Park Improvement Project to cover expenses such as clearing the site, new play equipment, and installation.. We have until December 23, 2021 to use the grant for the approved project.

              The Township, along with the NJ MVC, will be sponsoring another Mobile Unit event on Wednesday, April 29th. MVC will be able to handle most transactions to include license renewals, duplicates, name and address changes, boat endorsements, veteran designation, voter registration, and organ donation selections. Drivers may also renew their vehicle registration and surrender license plates. Those eligible can obtain a Persons with Disability placard, Purple Heart placard, and Disabled Veteran placard from the Mobil Units.  See attachment for further information.

              Purchasing will be advertising the exercise equipment in Votee Park soon. Anticipate that project being done in the Spring.

              Meeting with reps from BOE to discuss shared services.

Councilman Dunleavy also detailed different items that they spoke about recently with the Board of Education concerning joint projects for the Township and the Schools.

 

Councilman Pruitt added that the conversation also began about solar panels.

H.

Township Attorney's Report

XII.

Formal Meeting Items

A.

Public Hearing And Adoption Of Ordinances

The Township Clerk to read the titles of the Ordinances into the record.

 

Mayor to inquire whether any member of the Council has any comments  prior to opening the public hearing.

 

Mayor to declare that the public hearings on the above ordinances are now open. Any members of the public wishing to be heard on any of said ordinances or to ask questions concerning said ordinances may come forward and state their names for the record. Comments or questions shall be limited to three minutes per person.

B.

Meeting Open To The Public For Good And Welfare And Public Input On Any Matters Including 2020 Municipal Budget

Mayor to inquire whether any member of the Council has any comments prior to opening the meeting to any comments from the public.

 

Mayor to declare that any members of the public wishing to be heard at this time shall come forward and state their names for the record. Comments shall be limited to three minutes per person.

 

1)              Carol Weinstein - explained that she was recently in a very dangerous car accident at Jefferson & W Englewood Ave. She went into details about the accident. She implored Council to do something about the intersection and the parking within the Township. Deputy Mayor Katz suggested perhaps a 4-way stop sign at the intersection.

2)              Tony Neowitz - spoke about the condition of one of the crosswalks on Cedar Lane and requested that it be more visible to drivers and pedestrians, especially at night. Ms. Neowitz also spoke on the condition of Cedar Lane itself and opined that attention should be paid to it as she believes it is not aesthetically pleasing.

3)              Debbie Aleyahoo - she implored Council to not consider a 4-way stop sign, claiming that many drivers do not know common right-of-way laws. Ms. Aleyahoo opined that 4-way stop signs can be more dangerous potentially. She also reiterated that visibility on the roads within Teaneck is difficult, especially considering the congestion of cars parked throughout. Ms. Aleyahoo also thanked Manager Kazinci for quickly addressing potholes cited.

4)              Roosevelt Sills - thanked Manager Kazinci and the Council for their service to the Township. Mr. Sills wanted to remind the Administration to keep the residents in mind and thanked them for their responsiveness. Mr. Sills also cited another dangerous section of Queen Anne Road near State Street that the Administration should consider.

5)              Dr. Charles Powers - thanked Mr. Kaplan for looking into avenues of grant funds for the Township for pedestrian safety, and spoke on different ideas for pursuing those grants. Dr. Powers also cited concern and skepticism with the CFO’s new part-time appointment in Dumont, NJ.

6)              Alan Rubinstein - voiced concern to the Administration about the continued violations by Holy Name Medical Center in regards to parking and the use of “Grange Driveway” for more than just one-way emergency ambulance entry - referencing further examples of many parked vehicles on the aforementioned driveway. Mr. Rubinstein cited that the driveway cannot handle the activity it facilitates.

7)              Alan Sohn - cited concern over the Township’s recent Annual Debt Statement and gave examples of his concern. He opined that the Township utilizes debt excessively. Mr. Sohn opined that funds need to be dedicated to various Township infrastructures. He suggested that funds at the Votee Park Fieldhouse could have and should have been used elsewhere; such as pedestrian safety.

8)              Dr. Kenneth Hoffman - mentioned that Bennet and Phelps Road have been flooding and should be addressed in the 2019 Road Resurfacing. The Doctor suggested the Township address congregation members coming to and from service and spending too much in the roadways. He opined it is a major safety issue and suggested the Township sending letters to the Rabbis requesting that they bring it up to their respective congregations. Dr. Hoffman also thanked the Administration for allowing teams to play at Votee Park - which helps bring funds to the Township. He also invited everyone to a March 1 to the disability soccer program; and March 4 the Manager will be attending the PPRAB meeting.

 

 

There being no further persons wishing to speak at this time (or the time limit of one hour having expired), the Mayor to declare that the public comment portion of the meeting is now closed.

 

Mayor to inquire whether any member of the Council or the Manager wishes to respond  to the public comments or whether a member of the Council wishes to remove any item from the Consent Agenda and have a separate discussion thereon.  Comments shall be limited to three minutes per Council Member.

 

Councilman Dunleavy detailed that the Township has many different pedestrian safety projects waiting to be implemented in the near future, pending the Budget process. He also voiced support to possibly have a study done for pedestrian safety and that the Township should sharpen its focus to this issue. He also addressed the physical appearance of Cedar Lane and detailed he has meetings planned with the Teaneck Business Alliance to begin addressing certain issues regarding influx of businesses into the Township.

 

Councilwoman Romney-Rice also believed the Township needs to focus on pedestrian safety and incorporating Age-Friendly Teaneck’s reports into the study. She also mentioned that she was in attendance to a recent Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce meeting. The Councilwoman suggested that the Township should begin working with the merchants of the Township further to address the business influx issue. She also suggested that the Manager speak on the CFO’s new employment and further inquired if issues like the Bennett Road flooding will be addressed in the 2019 Road Resurfacing Project. Manager Kazinci confirmed that 2019 Road Resurfacing plans to address those issues. He further explained that speaking on the conditions of the CFO's employment in Open Session is not permissible and they will have to do so at a later date.

 

Councilman Kaplan addressed the business community issue on Cedar Lane especially concerning pedestrian safety and walkability. He expressed excitement at the different ideas that will be manifested at the upcoming Budget meetings. He also agreed with Ms. Aleyahoo about the condition of Standish road’s visibility. Councilman Kaplan also detailed that the Township is working on different projects to maintain and increase the quality of life for residents. He also compared Teaneck’s debt situation with neighboring municipalities and noted Teaneck’s debt condition is statistically of higher quality than its neighbors and in better health.

 

Deputy Mayor Schwartz agreed with Ms. Aleyahoo about the road’s visibility. He also explained briefly the relationship between the Township and Cedar Lane’s Special District, and mentioned that beautification of Cedar Lane is a top priority in the coming years as the lease agreements begin to expire. He also mentioned that tickets should be issued to the cars parking within the parking cones that are placed on Township roads for safety.

 

Deputy Mayor Katz agreed that Cedar Lane has been seeming different, especially with the loss of the 99 cent store. He suggested that the Township invite the merchants and property owners on Cedar Lane to a forum to express their concerns, questions, and ideas. Deputy Mayor Katz motioned to Council to establish a Subcommittee for the event:

Councilman Dunleavy, Councilwoman Romney-Rice, Deputy Mayor Schwartz.

Seconded by Deputy Mayor Schwartz. By way of a voice vote, Council agreed.

Deputy Mayor Katz also spoke on the Holy Name Medical Center issue and explained that while he does generally support HNMC for the good work that they do, he is disappointed in their behavior and actions towards the neighbors and is following the violations issued closely.

C.

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.

 

The Township Clerk to read the amount of the Bill List into the record.

 

Councilmember _____ moves to approve the Consent Agenda, including Raffles, 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, except ____________________.  Seconded by Councilmember ____.

 

Mayor to call on the Township Clerk for a roll-call vote.

 

Mayor to declare whether said items are (or are not passed).

1.

Raffles

2.

Minutes

1.              1-28-2020 Open Session Minutes - Adopted

2.              1-28-2020 Closed Session - Adopted

3.

Resolutions

              37-2020 AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE AND SALE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK’S 125TH ANNIVERSARY BOOKS - Adopted

              38-2020 AWARD PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACT – 2019 ROAD RESURFACING PROGRAM - Adopted

              40-2020 AWARDING A CONTRACT TO CCM CONTRACTING INC. FOR THE WINDSOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS SECTION 4 - Adopted

              41-2020 AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A TEMPORARY ACCESS AGREEMENT, AS REVISED, BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK AND PSE&G FOR A PORTION OF BLOCK 4701, LOT 1 AND BLOCK 4704, LOT 1 - Adopted

              42-2020 AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH GENERAL CODE FOR THE PREPARATION OF A CODIFICATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK’S ORDINANCES - Adopted

              43-2020 AUTHORIZING AN HONORARY STREET RENAMING OF A PORTION OF CARLTON TERRACE BETWEEN QUEEN ANNE ROAD AND PALISADE AVENUE AS "HAROLD GELLIS WAY" - Adopted

              44-2020 RESOLUTION REJECTING THE BID OF J. FLETCHER CREAMER & SON, INC. AS UNRESPONSIVE AND AWARDING A CONTRACT WILLIAM J. GUARINI PLUMBING FOR EMERGENCY REPAIR OF SANITARY AND STORM SEWER - Adopted

              45-2020 RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE PROCUREMENT OF FIREFIGHTER PROTECTIVE CLOTHING USING THE STATE CONTRACT # 17-FLEET-00810 - Adopted

              46-2020 ACCEPT BID AND AWARD CONTRACT FOR REMOVAL AND DISPOSAL OF STREET SWEEPINGS TO DTS TRUCKING LLC FOR A THREE YEAR PERIOD COMMENCING APRIL 1, 2020 - Adopted

              47-2020 2019 Community Forestry Management Plan - Adopted

              48-2020 2019 TREE CITY USA - Adopted

4.

Bill List

1.              Bill List - Adopted

D.

Pulled from Consent Agenda

              39-2020 AWARDING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE CONTRACT TO HOLY NAME MEDICAL CENTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING AND HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAM SERVICES FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK FOR THE YEAR 2020 - Adopted

Councilwoman Romney-Rice pulled Reso #39-2020 for discussion.

The Councilwoman inquired as to what the Public Health services are exactly and the cost for such. Manager Kazinci began listing the necessary services required by the Health Department that HNMC provides yearly through this contract - detailing it is basically a renewal. He also confirmed the price is the same as the previous year.

E.

Introduction of Ordinances

Township Clerk to read the title of the Ordinance(s) into the record.

 

Councilmember _____ moves that Ordinance(s)               be introduced and passed on first reading and that the Township 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 ordinance, and on which said ordinance will be considered for final adoption.  Seconded by Councilmember _____

 

Mayor to inquire as to whether any Councilmember wishes to comment upon the motion to introduce.

 

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

 

Mayor to declare that said ordinance is (or is not) duly introduced and passed on first reading.

              Ordinance No. 5-2020 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 36-32 OF DIVISION 5 OF ARTICLE II OF CHAPTER 36 OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK RELOCATING BUS STOPS ALONG WEST ENGLEWOOD AT SOMERSET GATE AND JEFFERSON STREET  BE IT RESOLVED by the Township of Teaneck that Ordinance #5-2020, passed on first reading and that said Ordinance will be further considered for a public hearing and final adoption thereon at a meeting of the Township Council to be held on February 26, 2020 at 8PM in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 818 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, New Jersey, at which time and place all persons interested therein will be given an opportunity to be heard concerning the same, and that the Township Clerk is hereby authorized to advertise same according to law and to provide the appropriate notices in accordance with law. - Introduced

              Ordinance No. 6-2020 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 27-3 OF CHAPTER 27 OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK RESPECTING THE WALKING OF DOGS WITHIN PORTIONS OF VOTEE PARK  BE IT RESOLVED by the Township of Teaneck that Ordinance #6-2020, passed on first reading and that said Ordinance will be further considered for a public hearing and final adoption thereon at a meeting of the Township Council to be held on February 26, 2020 at 8PM in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 818 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, New Jersey, at which time and place all persons interested therein will be given an opportunity to be heard concerning the same, and that the Township Clerk is hereby authorized to advertise same according to law and to provide the appropriate notices in accordance with law. - Introduced

Councilwoman Romney-Rice inquired to the specifics of Ord #6-2020, as the Council has worked on this matter before. Councilman Dunleavy, speaking as the liaison for PPRAB, detailed the particulars of this ordinance; how it allows dogs on a leash in certain areas/parks and not in others.

Councilwoman Romney-Rice asked if the previous ordinance regarding dogs in the parks will be changed by this ordinance; Councilman Dunleavy responded in the affirmative. Attorney Shahdanian detailed Ord #6-2020 is more specific in its language.

XIII.

Adjournment

Councilman Dunleavy motioned to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Deputy Mayor Schwartz. Council agreed to adjourn the meeting at 9:36PM.