M I N U T E S
April 11, 2000
A Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights was held on April 11, 2000 at 8 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 200 Division Avenue, corner of the Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey.
Mayor Torre stated that the meeting complied with the Sunshine Law, due notice having been made to all members by personal service on December 28, 1999 and to The Observer, The Record and the Herald News on December 28, 1999.
ROLL CALL: Present: Councilman Herbert D. Heeren, Councilman Justin A. DiPisa, Councilwoman Marlene Verrastro, Councilman John Wassberg
Absent: Councilman Andrew Link III and Councilman Garrett R. Pepe
SALUTE TO THE FLAG AND PLEDGE OF
ALLEGIANCE: Mayor Torre led in the Salute to the Flag and Pledge of Allegiance.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: None
Be It Resolved that the claims and accounts amounting to $1,862,041.81 specified in the schedule hereto annexed, having been examined and approved by the Finance Commissioner, or his Deputy, be paid and that warrants be issued therefor.
On a motion by Councilman DiPisa, seconded by Councilman Wassberg, and unanimously carried, the foregoing resolution was adopted.
CONSENT AGENDA: None
74. Payment of Fees to State - Dog Licenses
75. Payment of Fees to State - Marriage Licenses
76. Authorizing Discharge of Colasurdo Mortgage
77. Authorize Emergency Action Related to Relocation of Fire Headquarters
On a motion by Councilman DiPisa, seconded by Councilman Wassberg, and unanimously carried, the foregoing Resolutions were adopted (Resolutions attached).
Mayor Torre explained that the Resolution regarding Emergency Action in relation to the fire headquarters was required to provide adequate housing for emergency vehicles and that temporary steel structures were to be erected on the east parking lot of the old municipal building and in the parking areas across from it. He said the Borough did not wish to "wear out its welcome" and inconvenience Kunderts by staying too long at the temporary headquarters he so graciously had provided thus far.
RESIGNATIONS: Ronald Kistner from the Planning Board
Ronald Kistner from the Design District Committee
On a motion by Councilwoman Verrastro, seconded by Councilman DiPisa, and unanimously carried, the foregoing Resignations were accepted with regret.
ORDINANCE(S) ON INTRODUCTION:
ORDINANCE No. 1894:
BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled AN ORDINANCE TO STABILIZE AND REGULATE RENTS WITHIN THE BOROUGH OF HASBROUCK HEIGHTS AND TO ESTABLISH A RENT BOARD, WHICH ORDINANCE IS TO BE COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE "2000 RENT LEVELING ORDINANCE" introduced this date be and the same is hereby passed on first reading and the Acting Borough Clerk be directed to advertise notice of public hearing on said Ordinance to be held at the regular meeting of the Borough Council on April 25, 2000.
On a motion by Councilman DiPisa, seconded by Councilman Wassberg, and unanimously carried, the foregoing Ordinance on Introduction was approved.
ORDINANCE(S) ON PUBLIC HEARING:
ORDINANCE NO. 1893:
BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled "AN ORDINANCE TO SUPPLEMENT THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF HASBROUCK HEIGHTS SO AS TO INCLUDE THEREIN A NEW CHAPTER TO BE KNOWN AS "CHAPTER 133, FEES", WHICH SHALL SET FORTH IN ONE CHAPTER THE VARIOUS FEES CURRENTLY PROVIDED THROUGHOUT THE EXISTING CODE" be now passed on second and final reading and the Acting Borough Clerk be and is hereby authorized and directed to publish said Ordinance, same to be published in The Observer, a newspaper circulating in the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights.
On a motion by Councilman Wassberg, seconded by Councilwoman Verrastro, and unanimously carried, to approve the foregoing Ordinances on Adoption.
MISCELLANEOUS FROM PUBLIC:
Although this was the first meeting of the month at which time the public is not usually invited to speak, the Mayor did open the meeting to this public at this time.
The Rev. Dr. Katherine W. Ellison, 51 Oak Grove Avenue, addressed the mayor and council on the issue of young children riding bicycles, big wheels and skating without helmets in the street without supervision as she had frequently observed, and asked that there be stricter enforcement of the helmet ordinance, with skaters also being included in that ordinance. Mayor Torre said that the police department was again instituting the program of giving a child wearing a helmet a coupon for a free slice of pizza and soda at Loveys and their parents a letter of commendation. He referred the matter to Chief Colaneri who said along with the pizza program, officers would now be stopping those who ride without helmets and giving them a talking-to, and advising their parents.
RECESS FOR CAUCUS:
The Mayor announced that the meeting would now be recessed for Caucus.
There being no further business to be conducted by the Mayor and Council, the meeting was adjourned.
I, ROSE MARIE SEES, Acting Borough Clerk of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights, do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes are to the best of my knowledge a true account of the Mayor and Council Meeting held on April 11, 2000.
Rose Marie Sees