M I N U T E S
September 25, 2001
A Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights was held on Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 8:00 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 200 Division Avenue, corner of the Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey.
Mayor Torre stated that the meeting complied with the Sunshine Law, adequate notice of this meeting having been made to all members of the Council by personal service on January 1, 2001 and transmitted to The Observer, The Record and The Herald News on January 1, 2001.
ROLL CALL: Present: Mayor William J. Torre, Councilman Andrew Link III, Councilman Herbert D. Heeren, Councilman Justin A. DiPisa, Councilman Garrett R. Pepe, Councilwoman Marlene Verrastro, Councilman John Wassberg
SALUTE TO THE FLAG AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor Torre led in the Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance.
PROCLAMATIONS: Proclamation to John J. Boyd, World War II Veteran (copy attached)
Mayor Torre asked for this citizen to come forward, saying that his honorary record should be preserved as a part of the history of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights and asked Councilwoman Verrastro and Councilman Pepe to also come forward for the presentation.
PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES:
Mayoral Certificates were presented to the 10-Year Old 2001 District 5 Little League Champions: Anthony Marino, Robert Handy, J T Golio, J T Halpin, Shawn Zahn, Dylan White, Michael Messeri, Nick Curci, Daniel Fitzgibbons, John Segreto, Robert Schroback, and Robert Kistner; and to the 2001 Northern States League Undefeated Champions: J T Golio, J T Halpin, Shawn Zahn, Robert Kistner, Nick Brunetti, Jimmy Antoniotti, Brian Casey, Daniel Forte, Anthony Greco, Jamie Wollerman and Steve Wendolowski. (Copy attached) Certificates were also presented to all team players from Assemblywoman Rose Heck.
At this point Mayor Torre had to leave and Council President Pepe presided over the meeting.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: (August 28, 2001)
On a motion by Councilwoman Verrastro, seconded by Councilman DiPisa, and unanimously carried, the foregoing Minutes were approved.
BE IT RESOLVED that the claims and accounts amounting to $353,708.01 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 therefore.
Signed Andrew Link
On a motion by Councilman DiPisa, seconded by Councilman Wassberg, and unanimously carried, the foregoing Resolution was adopted.
FINANCE, HEALTH AND SANITATION:
Commissioner Link said that a report would be made next month. Under Health, he reported
that the Board had held a meeting on Sept. 19, and that a review of a business in town had
received three notifications of non-satisfactory, and still in effect to this date.
Upgrade of software for all computer programs was to be done. The Food Handlers Course was
complete, except for two, and next years program was being planned. Licensing of
cats was tabled until more information could be obtained. He gave the following report for
the month of August, 15 births recorded, 13 male, 3 female; burial permits 51, out of town
48, in town 3; certified transcripts 453, marriage 9, Death 17, Birth 2; funeral directors
requests 425; Fees collected: dog licenses $389, of which $180 was late fees; certified
transcripts, $2,265; food licenses and late fees, $1,025; marriage licenses, $84; with
total fees collected $3,600. Total deaths recorded, 51, residents in town 4, residents out
of town 2; non resident 45. Food licenses issued 8, marriage licenses 3, marriages
recorded 7; and a total of 77 calls to the office. Two crows tested positive for West Nile
Virus, the areas were under observation, this being the end of the West Nile season.
Commissioner Heeren reported that the Welfare cases had been turned over to the County. The Social Services Director was in communication with the County regarding these cases. For the month of August, there were 46 outgoing calls, 40 incoming calls, 16 interviews, food was distributed to four families, and Shop-Rite certificates were given to one family. The Jr. Womans Club contributed clothing and shoe certificates for children who would be going back to school.
PARKS AND RECREATION:
Recreation, Councilman DiPisa reported on the numerous programs including Mens Over
30 Basketball, Mens Flag Football, Adult Co-ed Volleyball, Arts and Crafts
registration, Adult and Senior Aerobics, and that the Recreation Director was
investigating prices and schedules for adult day trips to the theater, however with the
situation in New York City, this program would be put on hold for a short time.
STREETS AND TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC FACILITIES:
Commissioner Pepe reported 50 trees were ordered from Materas Nursery for fall
planting, with an additional 25 requested from the Bergen County Public Works Department.
When this is completed, 200 trees will have been planted this year.
POLICE AND LAND USE:
Under Land Use,
Councilwoman Verrastro reported 53 new permits, with the total value of construction at
$239,763. Four summons were issued for debris and garbage, four letters received, four
letters answered, 16 inspections, 12 property maintenance violations, two dog debris, 10
garbage/debris violations and police assistance was requested two times. She congratulated
the Property Maintenance Officers for circulating the town for violations. She reminded
residents to not place garbage out at the curb before 7 p.m. She also reminded residents
that parking vehicles on lawns was prohibited.
Commissioner Wassberg reported the Fire Department had fire vehicles on stand by for the World Trade Center disaster and commended those members of the department who had assisted. He commended those firefighters and mutual aid who had answered the fire call at 128 Oak Grove Avenue. He gave the Fire Report for August: Fire Alarms: Hasbrouck Heights, 50 calls, year to date 359; Teterboro 14, year to date 87; mutual aid 2, year to date 27; total for the month 66, year to date 473. Ambulance calls for August: Hasbrouck Heights, 104, year to date 818; paramedic assisted calls 25, year to date 236; Teterboro, 26, year to date 166; paramedic assisted 9, year to date 62; mutual aid, 6, year to date 62; paramedic assisted 3, year to date 20; total 136, year to date 1,046.
REPORT OF MAYOR:
Robert Pietz as Mechanic of Engine Company One Effective September 5, 2001
John M. Riordan as Member of the Ambulance Squad
On a motion by Councilman Wassberg, seconded by Councilman DiPisa, and unanimously accepted, the foregoing Appointments were approved.
CONSENT AGENDA: None
136. In Response to the Attack on America
137. Authorizing Grant Agreement with Community Development - Construction of Senior Center
138. Awarding of Contract for Resurfacing of Ottawa Avenue
139. Authorizing Award of Bid for New Pumper Truck for the Fire Department
140. Endorsing CD Application #1 - Elevator in Public Safety Complex
141. Endorsing CD Application #2 - Barrier Free Curbs
142. Conditionally Authorizing Consent to Remediation Project at Getty Gas Station on Route 17
On a motion by Councilman Wassberg, seconded by Councilman DiPisa, and unanimously accepted, the foregoing Resolutions were approved. (Copies attached)
Councilman Link questioned the Getty Gas Station resolution and discussion between himself, the administrator and borough attorney transpired regarding Groundwater remediation.
PUBLIC HEARING: None
MISCELLANEOUS FROM PUBLIC:
At this point, Councilman Pepe invited anyone wishing to speak to please come forward.
George Boghossian, 487 Hasbrouck Avenue, was upset that Cablevision had come on his property and dug up his yard with giving him no advance notification. He felt there was a safety risk involved especially as there had been robberies in that area recently. He wanted tighter or more rigorous enforcement. He was assured that the matter would be looked into by the Borough Attorney and whether permits should have been secured initially. Mr. Boghossian also made note of the condition of the sidewalk on the other side of his street and the hazard caused by a tree that blocks motorists view when pedestrians are crossing Williams Avenue at the Hasbrouck Avenue intersection. DPW Supt. Heck was asked to looked into both matters.
Sal Scaglione, 332 Springfield Avenue, who had attended the August 28, 2001 voicing some concerns, reported that he had received a letter from Pat Vella, Property Maintenance official who had addressed some of his concerns from that meeting. He felt the problems were still present at the nearby apartment house and was told to continue addressing these problems with Mr. Vella. Mr. Scaglione was also concerned about the constant littering in Memorial Park, the condition of the grounds and the flags, and a meeting with Mr. Vella, DPT Supt. Heck and himself was scheduled for the next day. He was also asked to forward a copy of the list he kept making reference to Michael Kronyak.
CLOSE FOR EXECUTIVE SESSION:
The Council adjourned for Executive Session to discuss any matter involving the purchase, lease or acquisition of real property with public funds.
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 Regular Meeting held on September 25, 2001.
Rose Marie Sees, RMC