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Ridgewood Public Library Hosts ,”the Great American Read “

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Ridgewood NJ, On January 30, join the Ridgewood Public Library , as they embark on a journey to watch the entirety of The Great American Read. For the first episode there’s no discussion, but we’ll be discussing different books throughout the rest of the series.

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Ridgewood Village Council Regular Public Meeting

VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD

VILLAGE COUNCIL

REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING

JANUARY 16, 2019

                                                                                                                      8:00 P.M.

  1. Call to Order – Mayor
  2. Statement of Compliance with the Open Public       Meetings Act
  3. Roll Call – Village Clerk
  4. Flag Salute and Moment of Silence
  5. Acceptance of Financial Reports
  6. Approval of Minutes
  7. Proclamations

     Jamboree Days

  1. Swearing-in of Police Officer Patrick Daly
  1. Comments from the Public (Not to exceed 3            minutes per person – 40 minutes in total)
  2. Village Manager’s Report
  3. Village Council Reports
  4. RESOLUTION

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION, NUMBERED 19-02, WILL BE ADOPTED BY A CONSENT AGENDA, WITH ONE VOTE BY THE VILLAGE COUNCIL. THERE IS A BRIEF DESCRIPTION BESIDE THIS RESOLUTION AND IT WILL BE READ BY TITLE ONLY:

19-02          Authorize Temporary Capital Budget – Approves           a temporary Capital Budget to appropriate              money for the down payment for the general             capital bond ordinance for the 2019 road               paving and streetscape program and the                 purchase of the Senior Bus

  1. ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION – RIDGEWOOD WATER

     NONE

  1. ORDINANCES – PUBLIC HEARING – RIDGEWOOD WATER

     NONE

  1. RESOLUTIONS – RIDGEWOOD WATER

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS, NUMBERED 19-03 THROUGH 19-19 ARE TO BE ADOPTED BY A CONSENT AGENDA, WITH ONE VOTE BY THE VILLAGE COUNCIL. THERE IS A BRIEF DESCRIPTION BESIDE EACH RESOLUTION TO BE CONSIDERED ON THE CONSENT AGENDA. EACH RESOLUTION WILL BE READ BY TITLE ONLY:

19-03          Title 59 Approval – Landscaping Services –             Approves the plans and specifications for              Landscaping Services prepared by Ridgewood             Water, pursuant to Title 59

19-04          Award Contract – Landscaping Services

          (NTE $61,000) – Awards the second year of a            two-year contract to the lowest responsible            bidder, LTI, Inc., 122 Main Road, Montville,                NJ

19-05          Title 59 Approval – Line Stop and Valve                     Insertion Services – Approves the plans and           specifications for Line Stop and Valve                 Insertion Services prepared by the Ridgewood                Water Department, pursuant to Title 59

19-06          Award Contract – Line Stop and Valve                   Insertion Services (NTE $100,000) – Awards             the second year of a two-year contract to the          lowest responsible bidder, Carner Brothers,            10 Steel Court, Roseland, NJ

19-07          Title 59 Approval – Servicing and Repair of           Electric Source – Approves the plans and               specifications for Servicing and Repairing of          Electric Source prepared by the Village of             Ridgewood Water Department, pursuant to Title          59

19-08          Award Contract – Servicing and Repair of               Electric Source (NTE $250,000) – Awards the            second year of a two-year contract to the              lowest responsible bidder, Vanore Electric,            145 Lexington Avenue, Hackensack, NJ

19-09          Title 59 Approval – Furnishing and Delivering           Sodium Hypochlorite Solution – Approves the            plans and specifications for Furnishing and            Delivering of Sodium Hypochlorite Solution             prepared by the Ridgewood Water Department,            pursuant to Title 59

19-10          Award Contract – Furnishing and Delivering             Sodium Hypochlorite Solution (NTE $135,000) –          Awards the second year of a two-year contract          to the lowest responsible bidder, Miracle            Chemical Company, 1151B Highway 33,                   Farmingdale, NJ

19-11          Title 59 Approval – Laboratory Analysis                     Services – Approves the plans and                      specifications for Laboratory Analysis                 Services, prepared by the Ridgewood Water              Department, pursuant to Title 59

19-12          Award Contract – Laboratory Analysis Services           (NTE $128,460) – Awards the second year of a                two-year contract to the lowest responsible            bidder, Aqua Pro-Tech Labs, 1275 Bloomfield            Avenue, Bldg. 6, Fairfield, NJ

19-13          Title 59 Approval – Water Billing and Data             Collection Services – Approves the plans and                specifications for Water Billing and Data              Collection Services prepared by the Ridgewood          Water Department, pursuant to Title 59

19-14          Award Contract – Water Billing and Data                     Collection Services (NTE $237,395) – Awards           the second year of a two-year contract to the          sole responsible bidder, Computil, Inc., 30            Controls Drive, Shelton, CT

19-15          Title 59 Approval – Servicing and Repair of           Potable Water Pumping Facilities – Approves            the plans and specifications for Servicing             and Repair of Potable Water Storage Tanks,             prepared by Ridgewood Water, pursuant to               Title 59

19-16          Award Contract – Servicing and Repair of               Potable Water Pumping Facilities (NTE                  $250,000) – Awards a contract to the sole              responsible bidder, William Stothoff Company,          Inc., 110 River Road, Flemington, NJ

19-17          Award Contract – Eastside Reservoir                    Improvements (NTE $246,600) – Awards a                 contract to the lowest responsible bidder,             Ray Palmer Associates, 95 King Street, Dover,          NJ

19-18          Award Professional Services Contract – Per-           and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances Planning and                Treatment      Study (NTE $168,600) – Awards a              Professional Services Contract to Mott                 MacDonald, 111 Wood Avenue South, Iselin, NJ.          The required Pay to Play forms have been               filed with the Village Clerk’s Office.

19-19          Award Emergency Contract – Boiler Replacement           – Glen Avenue Water Facility (NTE $33,800) –                Awards an Emergency Contract to Generation             III Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning,            30 West Prospect Street, Waldwick, NJ

  1. ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION

3698 – Bond Ordinance – Street Paving and Streetscape,             Purchase of Senior Bus ($2,137,000) –                         Appropriates this money for the 2019 road paving      and streetscape program and for purchasing a bus  for the Senior Citizen transportation services       provided by the Village

3699 – Amend Chapter 265 – Vehicles and Traffic –                    Parking at Train Station Lot after 6:00 p.m. –         Amends this chapter to allow all vehicles to be         parked at the Ridgewood train station after 6:00  p.m., without the necessity of having a             Ridgewood resident sticker and/or a Ridgewood           Parking Permit

3700 – Amend Chapter 156 – Food and Food Handling                    Establishments – Outdoor Café Regulations –            Amends this chapter for new regulations for      outdoor cafes, including specifying particular      types, heights, and locations of barriers,              establishing dates when outdoor cafes may             operate, and

3701 – Amend Chapter 145 – Fees – Outdoor Cafes –                    Amends the fees to be charged for outdoor cafes,      based on the number of benches or tables and           chairs used by each business

3702 – Amend Chapter 265 – Vehicles and Traffic –                    Ridgewood Premium Parking Permit for Hudson            Street Parking Lot and Use of Rideshare                  Arrangement – Establishes the Hudson Street      Parking Lot permit, which permits resident                commuters to park only in this lot with this           particular permit, and guarantees these             commuters a parking space in the Hudson Street         Parking Lot. It also establishes the fact that           those who purchase the Hudson Street Parking Lot      permit will participate in a rideshare program,        at no additional cost, once the Hudson Street        parking lot is closed for the construction of           the Hudson Street parking garage. It also              requires those who have a 2019 Hudson Street          Parking Lot permit to purchase a 2020 Hudson            Street Parking Lot permit in order to continue       with the rideshare program until the Hudson           Street parking garage is completed.

3703 – Amend Chapter 145 – Fees – Ridgewood Parking           Permit for Hudson Street Lot – Establishes the          fee for the parking permit for the Hudson Street       lot only at $1,300

  1. ORDINANCES – PUBLIC HEARING

3694 – Amend Chapter 145 Fees – Adopt a Tree and              Memorial Benches

3695 – Amend Chapter 190 – Land Use and Development –        Establish Regulations for Temporary Storage        Containers

3696 – Amend Chapter 145 – Fees – Fees for Temporary          Storage Containers

3697 – Amend Chapter 145 – Fees – Graydon Pool                Membership Fees

  1. ORDINANCE – CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING

3688 – Amend Chapter 145 – Fees – Graydon Pool                Membership Fees and Tennis Membership Fees

  1. RESOLUTIONS

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS, NUMBERED 19-20 THROUGH 19-36 ARE TO BE ADOPTED BY A CONSENT AGENDA, WITH ONE VOTE BY THE VILLAGE COUNCIL. THERE IS A BRIEF DESCRIPTION BESIDE EACH RESOLUTION TO BE CONSIDERED ON THE CONSENT AGENDA. EACH RESOLUTION WILL BE READ BY TITLE ONLY:

19-20          Authorize Tax Assessor/Tax Collector to File           Appeals and/or Settlement Stipulations –               Authorizes the Tax Assessor and/or Tax                 Collector to file tax appeals and/or                   settlement stipulations with the Bergen                County Board of Taxation for the purpose of            correcting assessment errors for the year              2018. This resolution also authorizes the             Assessor, in conjunction with the Village              Attorney, to conduct settlement negotiations           in matters pending before the Tax Court of                New Jersey in 2019.

19-21     Title 59 Approval – Landfill Disposal of               Solid Waste – Approves the plans and                   specifications for Landfill Disposal of Solid          Waste, prepared by the Ridgewood Water                 Department, pursuant to Title 59

19-22          Award Contract – Landfill Disposal of Solid           Waste (NT# $66.95/ton) – Awards the second             year of a two-year contract to the lowest              responsible bidder, IWS Transfer Systems of            NJ, Inc., 375 Routes 1 & 9, Jersey City, NJ

19-23          Title 59 Approval – 2019 Recreational Program           Instruction – Approves the plans and                   specifications for Recreational Program                     Instruction with the Department of Parks and                Recreation, Contract Year 2019, prepared by            the Ridgewood Recreation Department, pursuant          to Title 59

19-24          Award Contracts – 2019 Recreational Program           Instruction – Awards contracts to various              vendors for 2019 recreation programs offered                by the Village of Ridgewood’s Department of            Parks and Recreation. These contracts are              paid through user fees.

19-25          Approve Shared Services Agreement – School             Resource Officer (Ridgewood Board of                   Education – NTE $100,000) – Approves a Shared          Services Agreement with the Ridgewood Board            of Education, whereby the Village and the            Board of Education will each pay                      $100,000/year for funding a School Resource               Officer

19-26          Approve Shared Services Agreement – Bergen             County Police Chiefs Association Mutual Aid            Plan and Rapid Deployment Force – Authorizes                the Ridgewood Police Department to                          participate in a County-wide Mutual Aid Plan                and Rapid Deployment Force to be used in               times of emergency

19-27          Declare Property Surplus – Parks Department           Logs – Declares the stockpile of uncut                 lengths of logs, which are remnants from tree          work performed by the Parks Department, as             surplus property and authorizes the Village            Manager to dispose of this property

19-28          Declare Property Surplus – Various Vehicles –           Declares vehicles from various departments,            which are no longer viable for the Village’s                use, and authorizes the Village Manager to             dispose of this property

19-29          Certify Compliance with Federal Civil Rights                Requirements – Certifies that the Village of                Ridgewood’s hiring practices comply with the                U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity                      Commission’s “Enforcement Guidance on the              Consideration of Arrest and Conviction                 Records in Employment Decisions Under Title            VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964”, as               amended, pertaining to the consideration of            an individual’s criminal history. This is            required under P.L. 2017, c. 183 which                     requires that this be certified prior to the               Village submitting its approved annual budget        to the NJ Division of Local Government                 Services.

19-30          Authorize Release of Escrow Funds – 143 & 147           West      Glen Avenue – Authorizes the release of                the remaining escrow funds for this project,                in the amount of $12,348, since the Village           Engineer has deemed the project complete

19-31          Endorse Application for Community Development           Block Grant – Care Plus, NJ, Inc. – Client             Transportation Assistance – Confirms                   endorsement of a $43,680 CDB grant. This               resolution does not obligate the financial             resources of the Village but will expedite             the expenditure of Community Development               funds.

19-32          Approve Place to Place Transfer of Liquor              License – 54 East Ridgewood Landmark, LLC –            Expansion of Licensed Premises – Approves a            place to place transfer for 54 East Ridgewood          Landmark, LLC t/a Filena Restaurant to expand          their licensed premises to include all floors          within the building, as well as the rooftop

19-33          Authorize Bond Sale for Funding Hudson Street           Parking Garage – Authorizes the form and               requirements for the bond sale for the Hudson          Street parking garage

19-34          Appoint Member to Zoning Board of Adjustment                – Appoints Matthew Bandelt as Alternate #2             on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, which term          shall begin immediately and expire on                  6/30/2020

19-35          Appoint Members to Library Board – Appoints           Janis Fuhrman, Rocco Orlando, and Rei                  Shinozuka to terms that shall begin                    immediately and expire on 12/31/2023

19-36          Appoint Members to Community Center Advisory                Board     – Updates the appointment of members of        the Community Center Advisory Board as                 follows, effective immediately and ending on                6/30/2019: Donald Liebreich and Bill Carbone                – Senior Citizen Residents; Helen Leonard and          Beth Abbott – Adult Residents; Nancy Friedman          – Adult Resident (children in Ridgewood             school system); Tom Lillis – Ridgewood Highs        School Student; Emily Schmitt – George                  Washington Middle School Student; Chief              Jacqueline Luthcke or designee – Ridgewood               Police Dept. Liaison; Deanna Schablik – Parks       & Recreation Dept. Representative; Sheila             Brogan – Ridgewood Board of Education Liaison

  1. Comments from the Public (Not to Exceed 5 minutes per person)
  2. Resolution to go into Closed Session
  3. Closed Session

     Personnel/Contract Negotiations – PBA

  1. Adjournment
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Reader says , “It blocks the clear site of the entrance into Ridgewood as you are driving down the highway “

NO!! it’s not the gas station that is the problem, James, it is the building, being constructed on the same lot of the gas station. It blocks the clear site of the entrance into Ridgewood as you are driving down the highway, RT 17. It is dangerous. You no longer can see clearly what is going on with cars exiting that entrance. Cars may crash into you exiting the wrong lane. Also, the gas station lot will be too crowded to safely move your car once you have gotten gas. Damn’t . The new Dunkin Donuts makes it dangerous for anyway going into that lot. I am talkin about the entrance into Ridgewood into Franklin Tpke after a Park and Ride where they are constructing a huge drive-in Dunkin Donuts. Read Friday’s Ridgewood News. First it was going to be a seven -eleven. NO matter what it is the building blinds the site of drivers who want to enter into Ridgewood. The town approved that construction because they do not care about the safety of people. Only about money.

For years ,since 1978 when I moved here, there was only a gas station there. Then it was not crowded and safe. Now on the highway it is a death trap to enter into Ridgewood because you are blinded by the building and getting gas will be dangerous because too crowded with Dunkin drivers. The lot of the SHell station was small to begin with.

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Reader says , “owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs”

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I find it amusing and perhaps indicative of where our society is today that there is no mention of the dog owners in this article. All of the responsibility has been laid on the person who is bitten and/or the dogs natural instinct.

Even dog owners know…… There are good dog owners and bad dog owners.
Dogs are animals, the owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs

How about a list starting with:
Train your dog
Leash your dog
Hold on to the leash
Keep the leash at a reasonable length
Maintain control over your dog at all times – make sure they know who their master is.
Don’t assume everyone wants your dog to jump all over them and/or their children
Do not encourage strangers to pet your dog

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“Dine and Dash” hits Ridgewood Restaurant

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood police report that on January 1st, patrol units responded to a Godwin Avenue business on a report of a theft of services. Upon arrival patrol was advised a male and female actor fled from the restaurant without making payment for the services rendered. The amount of the theft was approximately $30. Patrol checked the area but could not locate the actors.

A dine and dash is a form of theft by fraud, in which a patron orders and consumes food and beverages from a restaurant or similar establishment with the intent not to pay. The act may involve the customer leaving the restaurant with the intent of evading payment, or, less commonly, of the patron eating the food and then stating that they do not have any money.

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Contractor Leaves Ridgewood Resident in the Lurch

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police report that on January 3rd, a McKinley Avenue resident responded to Ridgewood Police headquarters to report a theft in the past. The victim reported a contractor removed construction plans and permits from the residence without authorization. The stolen items were valued at approximately $20,000. The victim reported the contractor has failed to respond to communications at this time and wished to document the incident at this time.

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Idling Car Stolen on North Van Dien in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police report that Patrol units responded to 223 North Van Dien Avenue on a report of a stolen vehicle on December 31st. Upon arrival, the victim reported he left his 2013 Toyota Corolla in the parking lot unsecured with the motor running and when he returned a short time later the vehicle missing. A stolen vehicle report was taken and the vehicle entered into N.C.I.C. as a stolen vehicle.

We thought a reader was being sarcastic when they wrote this : http://theridgewoodblog.net/reader-says-all-of-this-negative-car-thief-talk-is-nonsense/

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Dog Bite Statistics (How Likely Are You To Get Bit?)

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Health Department offers these guidelines for staying safe around dogs. According to a study from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States each year, and 800,000 of those bites result in medical care.
These are scary statistics. But scary becomes a lot less so when you’re armed with the right information. From accounting for your own behavior around animals, to why dogs actually bite in the first place, we’re giving you an arsenal of information in this article so you can bite back in the dog bite debate.

Why does a dog bite?
• Dogs bite as a reaction to a stressful situation.
• They may be scared or threatened.
• To protect themselves, their puppies, or their owners.
• They’re not feeling well or if they’re startled.
• They may nip or bite during play (which is why rough play should be avoided to ensure you don’t overly excite your animal).

Keep these triggers in mind anytime you’re around a canine. Your awareness of their mental state will help you recognize a potential bite situation more quickly.

While we’re not absolving the canine completely of its own responsibility in a dog-bite situation, there are always two sides to a story — even a bad one. When it comes to your side, there are more than two things that you can do to decrease your chances of an attack.

Just like people, there are always good pets that snap. Even though the dog never displayed any aggressive attitudes, even though you didn’t provoke him to attack, there are still those unaccountable instances that no one can explain or rationalize. However, more often than not, this isn’t the case.

That’s why, when dealing with any dog, you should maintain confident, but cautious body-language. Below are a few things you can do to make sure your attitude doesn’t trigger an attack.
• Don’t approach an unfamiliar animal.
• Do not run from a dog, panic or make loud noises.
• If an unfamiliar dog approaches you, remain motionless. Do not run or scream. Avoid direct eye contact.
• Don’t disturb a dog while they’re eating, sleeping, or taking care of their puppies.
• Allow a dog to sniff and smell you before you attempt to pet it. Afterward scratch the animal under the chin, not on the head.
• Report strays or dogs displaying strange behavior to your local animal control.
• If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and remain motionless. Be sure to cover your ears and neck with your hands and arms. Avoid eye contact and remain calm.
• Don’t encourage your dog to play aggressively.
• In some situations when a dog is approaching you just giving the command “no” or “bad dog” will make the dog back off.

If you are bitten by a dog you must get the information of the owner to see if the dog is current on vaccinations. You must also report the bite to the local Health Department and/or Police Department to investigate. It is also recommended that you see a physician to prevent any infections. Dog bites can get infected.

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Ridgewood Baseball and Softball Association Reports Equipment Theft

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Ridgewood NJ, according to the Ridgewood Police on December 27th, a representative from Ridgewood Baseball and Softball Association responded to Ridgewood Police headquarters to report criminal mischief damage was discovered to an equipment storage box located at Citizens field. The storage boxed was reported to have been vandalized by an unknown party. The incident was documented as a matter of record.

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THE RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL’S PUBLIC WORKSHOP AGENDA JANUARY 9, 2019 7:30 P.M.

THE RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL’S PUBLIC WORKSHOP AGENDA

JANUARY 9, 2019

7:30 P.M.

  1. 7:30 pm – Call to Order – Mayor
  2. Statement of Compliance with Open Public Meeting Act

            Mayor: “Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by a posting on the bulletin           board in Village Hall, by mail to the Ridgewood News, The Record, and by submission      to all persons entitled to same as provided by law of a schedule including the date and          time of this meeting.”

  1. Roll Call – Village Clerk                                                                                                
  2. Flag Salute/Moment of Silence
  3. Public Comments (Not to Exceed 3 Minutes per Person – 40 Minutes in Total)    
  4. Manager’s Report
  5. Council Reports         
  6. Discussion
  7. Ridgewood Water  
  8. Award Contract – Eastside Reservoir Improvements
  9. Award Second Year Contract – Landscaping Services
  10. Award Second Year Contract – Line Stop and Valve Insertion
  11. Award Second Year Contract – Servicing and Repairing of Electric Source
  12. Award Second Year Contract – Water Billing and Data Collection                                                             Services
  13. Award Second Year Contract – Furnishing and Delivering Sodium

                                    Hypochlorite Solution

  1. Award Contract – Servicing and Repair of Potable Water Pumping

                                    Facilities

  1. Award Professional Services Contract – Per-and Poly-Fluoroalkly

                                    Substances Planning and Treatment Study

  1. Award Contract – Asbestos Abatement and Boiler Replacement
  2. Award Second Year Contract – Laboratory Analysis Services
  1. Parking          
  2. Parking in Train Station Lot after 6:00 P.M.
  3. Maturity Schedule for Funding the Hudson Street Parking Garage
  4. Amend Parking Permit Ordinance – Hudson Street Parking Lot Permit
  1. Budget
  2. Award Second Year Contract – Landfill Disposal of Solid Waste
  3. Declare Property Surplus – Parks Department Log Pile
  4. Declare Property Surplus – Various Vehicles
  5. Authorize Release of Escrow Funds – 143 and 147 West Glen Avenue
  6. Award Contract – Recreation Program Instruction for 2019
  7.         Approve Shared Services Agreement – School Resource Officer
  8. Graydon Pool Membership Fees
  9. 2019 Bond Ordinance – Various Capital Improvements
  10. Resolution to Amend Temporary Capital Budget
  1. Policy
  2. Amendments to Outdoor Café Ordinance
  3. Amendments for Regulations for Dumpsters on Private Property
  1. Operations                        
  2. Confirm Endorsement of Application for Community

                        Development Block Grant – Care Plus NJ, Inc.

  1. Place to Place Liquor License Transfer – 54 East Ridgewood Landmark
  1. Review of January 16, 2019 Public Meeting Agenda
  2. Public Comments (Not to Exceed 5 Minutes per Person)    
  3. Closed Session
  4. Legal – Board of Education Elections, Ridgewood Water Rate Litigation
  5. Contract/Personnel – PBA Negotiations
  6. Adjournment