M I N U T E S
February 13, 2001
A Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights was held on February 13, 2001 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 January 1, 2001 and to The Observer, The Record and the Herald News on January 1, 2001.
SALUTE TO THE FLAG AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor Torre led in the Salute to the Flag and Pledge of Allegiance.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: January 23, 2001
On a motion by Councilwoman Verrastro, seconded by Councilman DiPisa, and unanimously carried, the foregoing Minutes were accepted.
BE IT RESOLVED that the claims and accounts amounting to $2,065,293.41 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.
Signed Andrew Link III
On a motion by Councilwoman Verrastro, seconded by Councilman Wassberg, and unanimously carried, the foregoing Resolution was adopted.
CONSENT AGENDA: None
28. Dog Licenses - Payment of Fees to State
29. Authorize Execution of Animal Shelter Contract
30. Authorize Introduction of 2001 Budget
31. Authorize Contract with Arcari & Iovino for Professional Services Regarding Municipal Complex on Boulevard Site
32. Authorize Advertisement of Bids for Radio Maintenance
33. Authorize Check Made Payable to Warnock Fleet for 2001 Chevy Impala
34. Budget Examination Resolution
On a motion by Councilman Heeren, seconded by Councilman DiPisa, and unanimously accepted, the foregoing Resolutions were approved. (Copies attached)
Mayor Torre interjected before Resolution No. 30 was read to give an overview of the 2001 Budget with total general appropriations of $11,532,080.81 and an amount raised for municipal purposes of $7,961,254.00. Public hearing is scheduled for March 13, 2001, and he was very pleased to announce that the tax rate would be 0.916 per $100 of assessed valuation, a small decrease from last year. Projected total rate was not available at this time until county and school budgetary requirements were received. He continued that the process was very difficult, and especially so with the extenuating circumstances resulting from the fire of 1999 and with the new issues confronting this mayor and council with the proposed Municipal Complex. A plan with goals to be reached was provided in this budget, including the Municipal Complex, a new fire pumper, street paving, improvements to parks, and new equipment for DPW. In addition to a budget plan, is a revenue generating plan. In 2000, a surplus of $1.2 million was generated which was put back into this years budget. The local tax rate has been stable for the last few years, based upon the average house of $195,000, in 1995 the municipal portion of the tax was $1,673.10 and this year it is projected to be $1,786.20, a difference of $113 from six years ago, less than 1% a year. No borough services were sacrificed in the long run. He thanked the Budget Committee, Councilman Link and Councilman Heeren, and the entire Council.
Gail Cardaci as Police Matron
On a motion by Councilman Pepe, seconded by Councilman Wassberg, and unanimously approved, the foregoing Appointments were accepted.
Mayor Torre reminded everyone that there would be a joint meeting of the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment to discuss the proposed site plan for the Municipal Building Complex on Boulevard and Central Avenue on Feb. 28, 2001 at 8 p.m.
He asked for a moment of silence on the passing of John Krommenhoek who had been an active member of the community, and Josephine Foresta, a member of the Rent Control Board.
ORDINANCE (S) ON INTRODUCTION:
ORDINANCE NO. 1918:
BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled "AN ORDINANCE TO SUPPLEMENT AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED "AN ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE FOR THE RESURFACING OF PORTIONS OF ROOSEVELT AVENUE FROM WOOD STREET TO THE BOULEVARD AND FRANKLIN AVENUE FROM THE BOULEVARD TO ROUTE 17 AS PART OF THE 1996 PROGRAM FOR THE IMPROVEMENT TO STREETS AND CURBS, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $100,000.00 FOR THE SAME AND TO AUTHORIZE THE FINANCING OF THE COST THEREOF IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE LOCAL BOND LAW BY THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS OR NOTES NOT TO EXCEED THE TOTAL SUM OF $95,000.00" BEING ORDINANCE NO. 1778 ADOPTED ON DECEMBER 30, 1996, SO AS TO INCLUDE THEREIN THE RESURFACING OF CLEVELAND AVENUE FROM WOOD STREET TO THE BOULEVARD" introduced this date be and the same is hereby passed on first reading and the 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 February 27, 2001.
ORDINANCE NO. 1919:
BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled "AN ORDINANCE TO SUPPLEMENT AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED "AN ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE FOR THE RESURFACING OF LA SALLE AVENUE FROM THE BOULEVARD TO TERRACE AVENUE, HENRY STREET FROM OAK GROVE AVENUE TO BURTON AVENUE AND WALTER AVENUE FROM THE BOULEVARD TO BURTON AVENUE AS PART OF THE 1999 PROGRAM FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF STREETS, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $142,000.00 FOR THE SAME AND TO AUTHORIZE THE FINANCING OF THE COST THEREOF IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE LOCAL BOND LAW BY THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS OR NOTES NOT TO EXCEED THE TOTAL SUM OF $134,900.00" BEING ORDINANCE NO. 1852 ADOPTED ON APRIL 27, 1999, SO AS TO INCLUDE THEREIN THE RESURFACING OF COLLINS AVENUE FROM ROUTE 46 TO COOLIDGE AVENUE AND THE RESURFACING OF LONGVIEW AVENUE FOR ITS ENTIRE LENGTH" introduced this date be and the same is hereby passed on first reading and the 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 February 27, 2001.
On a motion by Councilwoman Verrastro, seconded by Councilman DiPisa, and unanimously carried, the foregoing Ordinances on Introduction were approved.
ORDINANCES ON ADOPTION:
Mayor Torre opened the meeting to the public for anyone wishing to speak on Ordinance No. 1917. There being no one wishing to speak, Mayor Torre closed the public hearing on said ordinance.
ORDINANCE NO. 1917:
BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled "AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND SUPPLEMENT THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF HASBROUCK HEIGHTS SO AS TO CONSOLIDATE ALL OF THE POWERS, DUTIES, AUTHORITY AND JURISDICTION OF THE BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT OF THE BOROUGH OF HASBROUCK HEIGHTS WITH THOSE OF THE PLANNING BOARD OF THE BOROUGH OF HASBROUCK HEIGHTS AND GRANTING THE SAME TO THE LATTER PURSUANT TO AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH N.J.S.A. 40:55D-25c IN ORDER THAT IT ACT AS THE SOLE MUNICIPAL LAND USE BOARD OF THE BOROUGH AND FURTHER AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING RELATED PROVISIONS OF THE CODE TO EFFECTUATE THE SAID TRANSITION" be now passed on second and final reading and the Borough Clerk be and hereby authorized and directed to publish said Ordinance, same to be published in The Observer, a newspaper circulating and published in the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights.
On a motion by Councilman Wassberg, seconded by Councilwoman Verrastro, with Councilman Link voting no, the foregoing Ordinance on Adoption was approved by a five to one vote.
MISCELLANEOUS FROM PUBLIC:
This being the first meeting of the month, the Mayor dispensed with opening the meeting to the public and said that the meeting would be open to the public on February 27, 2001.
RECESS FOR CAUCUS:
The Mayor announced that the meeting would 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, 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 February 13 2001.
Rose Marie Sees