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Brothers Charged in Moonachie Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision

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February 22,2018

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Moonachie NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrests of BRANDON BIALEK (DOB: 05/18/1985; single; lab aide) of 16 John Street, Apartment 1, Lodi, New Jersey on charges of Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision and Hindering Apprehension; and BRIAN BIALEK (DOB: 05/18/1985; single; maintenance worker) of 270 Lawrence Avenue, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey on a charge of Hindering Apprehension. The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, members of the Moonachie Police Department under the direction of Chief Richard Behrens, and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Michael Saudino.

At approximately 5:50 A.M. on Friday, January 5, 2018, the Moonachie Police Department received a report of a pedestrian lying in the roadway on Route 46 East near the intersection with Industrial Avenue. Upon arrival at the scene, officers observed a deceased male victim lying in the roadway. The victim’s injuries were consistent with being struck by a motor vehicle. The victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was later identified as 28-year-old Brian P. Rossi.

Evidence at the scene indicated that the striking vehicle was a black Ford Focus, sedan or hatchback, model year range 2012 to 2015. The striking vehicle fled the scene traveling eastbound on Route 46, before parking in the rear of a business establishment. A Mitsubishi Lancer arrived shortly thereafter, and both vehicles left together traveling east on Route 46, then north on Liberty Avenue towards Hackensack.

As a result of the investigation that followed, Brandon BIALEK was charged with one count of Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5.1, a 2nd degree crime, and one count of Hindering Apprehension in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3, a 3rd degree crime. Brian BIALEK was charged with one count of Hindering Apprehension in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3, a 3rd degree crime. Brandon BIALEK was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 9:00 A.M. Brian BIALEK is scheduled for a first appearance in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court on Monday, March 4, 2018 at 8:30 A.M.
Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. He would also like to thank the Moonachie Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.

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SEEKING PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE IN MOONACHIE HIT AND RUN INVESTIGATION

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January 26,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Moonachie NJ, The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Moonachie Police Department are requesting information from the public regarding a hit and run collision which resulted in a pedestrian sustaining fatal injuries.

At approximately 5:50 a.m. on Friday, January 05, 2018, the Moonachie Police Department received a report of a pedestrian lying in the roadway on Route 46 East near the intersection of Industrial Avenue. Upon arriving at the scene, officers observed a deceased male victim, later identified as Brian P. Rossi, lying in the roadway. The victim’s injuries were consistent with having been struck by a motor vehicle, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Evidence at the scene indicates that the vehicle is a black Ford Focus, sedan or hatchback, model year range 2012 to 2015. The vehicle will have significant front end damage, including a broken passenger side headlight, and a broken passenger side-view mirror. The driver fled the scene traveling eastbound on Route 46, before parking in the rear of a business establishment. A Mitsubishi Lancer arrived shortly thereafter and both vehicles left together. They traveled east on Route 46, then north on Liberty Avenue towards Hackensack. Both vehicles were also seen traveling southbound on Terrace Avenue in the area of Route 17, headed towards Hasbrouck Heights. The vehicles seen in the photo below are the Mitsubishi Lancer, followed by the Ford Focus.

Anyone with information regarding these two vehicles, or any other information regarding this hit and run collision is encouraged to contact the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit at 201-226-5698 or the Moonachie Police Department at 201-641-9100.

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VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING

Village Council work session

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JANUARY 17, 2018
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
A. Jamboree Days
B. Super Science Saturday
8. Swearing-in of Police Officers
A. Hector Perez
B. Miguel Torreslopez
9. Comments from the Public (Not to exceed 3 minutes per person – 40 minutes in total)
10. Village Manager’s Report
11. Village Council Reports
12. ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION – RIDGEWOOD WATER
3631 – Bond Ordinance – Granular Activated Carbon Treatment System – Carr Well Field ($3,570,000) – Appropriates this money for a Granular Activated Carbon Treatment System for the Carr Well Field which will remove certain Perfluorinated Compounds from the well water
13. ORDINANCES – PUBLIC HEARING – RIDGEWOOD WATER
NONE
14. RESOLUTIONS – RIDGEWOOD WATER
THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS, NUMBERED 18-02 THROUGH 18-09 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:
18-02 Award Contract Under State Contract – Chlorine Analyzers and Supplies (NTE $58,236.36) – Awards a Contract Under State Contract to Hach Company, P.O. Box 608, Loveland, CO
18-03 Award Professional Services Contract – Public Policy Consultant (NTE $13,600 for 4 months) – Awards a no-bid Professional Services contract with Morford Drulis Associates, 308 West State Street, Trenton, NJ for four months, on a trial basis. The required Pay to Play forms have been filed with the Village Clerk’s Office.
18-04 Authorize Change Order – Booster/Transfer Station Improvements (NTE $11,971.45) – Authorizes a change order to the original contractor, D.J. Egarian & Associates, Inc., 271 Route 46 West, Suite G208, Fairfield, NJ. This change order was necessary due to the fact that approvals were needed from Midland Park, which were not originally anticipated, resulting in re-design of one of the facilities.
18-05 Reject Bid – Cedar Hill Reservoir Rehabilitation – Rejects the bid received from Fred Devens Construction for this project, based on prior negative experience with this company
18-06 Title 59 Approval – Cedar Hill Reservoir Rehabilitation – Approves the plans and specifications for Cedar Hill Reservoir Rehabilitation prepared by the Ridgewood Water Department
18-07 Award Contract – Cedar Hill Reservoir Rehabilitation (NTE $324,800) – Awards a contract to the lowest responsible bidder, DN Tanks, Inc., 11 Teal Road, Wakefield, MA
18-08 Reject Bid – 2018 Well Improvements – Rejects the sole bid for this project due to the fact that it exceeds the Project Engineer’s cost estimate
18-09 Authorize Temporary Water Capital Budget – Approves a temporary Water Capital Budget to appropriate money for the down payment for the water capital bond ordinance which includes a Granular Activated Carbon Treatment System for the Carr Well Field
15. ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION
3632 – Bond Ordinance – Street Paving and Streetscape ($2,160,000) – Appropriates this money to allow for the paving of various streets in the Village of Ridgewood
16. ORDINANCES – PUBLIC HEARING
3626 – Amend White Collar Salary Ordinance
3627 – Amend Blue Collar Salary Ordinance
3628 – Amend Management Salary Ordinance
3629 – Amend Chapter 265 – Vehicles and Traffic – CBD Employee Parking – Cottage Place Lot
3630 – Amend Chapter 265 – Vehicles and Traffic – Prohibit Overweight and Over Length Vehicles – Glenwood Road
17. ORDINANCES – CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING
3625 – Amend Chapter 190 – Land Use and Development – Allow Certain Illuminated Interior Signs in the Central Business District
18. RESOLUTIONS
THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS, NUMBERED 18-10 THROUGH 18-29 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:
18-10 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 2018.
18-11 Approve Renewal of Liquor License – Rocco Berardi – Approves the annual renewal of
the plenary retail consumption liquor license held by Rocco Berardi for the years
2017-2018 and 2018-2019 pursuant to the required Special Ruling issued by the Director of NJ Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
18-12 Award of Contract – Maintenance of Irrigation Systems and Water Fountains (NTE $17,000) – Awards the second year of a two-year contract to Tanz, Inc., 3 River Edge Road, River Edge, NJ
18-13 Award Contract Under County Contract – Rock Salt (NTE $56.11/ton) – Awards a contract under County Contract to Cargill, Inc., 24950 Country Club Boulevard, Suite 450, North Olmsted, OH
18-14 Award Contract Under State Contract – Software for Document Management System (NTE $41,148.50) – Awards a Contract Under State Contract to SHI, 290 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ
18-15 Award Contract Under National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance Contract – Phase 1 Security Improvements at Village Hall (NTE $143,922) – Awards a contract under the National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance Contract to Secure Watch 24, 70 Moonachie Avenue, Moonachie, NJ
18-16 Amendment to Award of Contract – Emergency Equipment for Two Police Vehicles (NTE $27,000) – Amends Resolution #17-286, which originally awarded this contract, to correct the vendor’s name. The correct vendor is Emergency Accessories & Installation, Inc., 250 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Cherry Hill, NJ
18-17 Accept Donations for Community Center from Various Groups and Individuals – Accepts donations to upgrade the Community Center from the Community Center of Ridgewood Foundation, various groups, and individuals totaling $35,302.70
18-18 Accept Donations for Landscape Elements – Accepts a donation of landscape elements which include iron gates and a sandstone rock pile, with a total value of $15,000, from Ridgewood resident Julie Tung
18-19 Approve Use of Burbio App and Authorize Village Manager to Assist in Implementation – Approves the use of the Burbio App in the Village of Ridgewood and authorizes and directs the Village Manager to assist in its implementation
18-20 Grant Major Soil Moving Permit – Ridgewood Dayton – Grants a Major Soil Moving Permit for Ridgewood Dayton, LLC for a project at 100-152 South Broad Street, which has already been approved by the Planning Board. This approval is granted, subject to compliance with the terms and conditions of the Village Planning Board’s resolution and those contained in the Village Council’s resolution, with the requirements in the Village Council’s resolution taking precedence
18-21 Accept and Authorize Execution of Bergen County Open Space Grant – Improvements to Kings Pond Park – Accepts and authorizes the Village Manager to execute the grant agreement for the Bergen County Open Space grant in the amount of $34,000 for improvements to Kings Pond Park including delineating the official park property with shrubbery; creating 20-25 parking spaces; and creating an ADA accessible path from the parking lot to the water’s edge. The Village is responsible to provide at least $34,000 towards this project since it is a 50/50 matching grant.
18-22 Extend Suspension of Ordinance for Certain Illuminated Signs in Central Business District – Extends the suspension of the ordinance for certain illuminated signs in the Central Business District to June 1, 2018
18-23 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 submits its approved annual budget to the NJ Division of Local Government Services.
18-24 Authorize Removal of Sycamore Tree at Graydon Pool – Authorizes the Village of Ridgewood’s Parks Department to remove the sycamore tree at Graydon Pool, due to the fact that two arborists have recommended its removal for safety reasons
18-25 Authorize Temporary Capital Budget – Approves a temporary Capital Budget to appropriate money for the down payment for the general capital bond ordinance for the 2018 road paving and streetscape program
18-26 Appoint Registrar of Vital Statistics – Appoints Dawn Cetrulo as the Registrar of Vital Statistics, for a three-year term, which shall expire on January 25, 2021
18-27 Appoint Members to Project Pride Committee – Appoints Gary Cirillo (Chairman), Alyssa Becker, Tonia Cohen, Barbara D’Amato, Donna Dorsey, Ann Leahy, Debbie Higgins, Janet Fricke, Kay Connell, Katherine Cirillo, Mary Ann Sage, Ann Schott, Holt Family, Jeanette Vadeika, Julie Fischer, Carolyn Angelosante, Saltalmacchia Family, Stott Family, Tara Cirillo, and Quinn Stott (student liaison) to terms which will expire 12/31/18
18-28 Approve Renewal of Liquor License – Maple Avenue Liquors, LLC – Approves the annual renewal of the plenary retail distribution liquor license held by Maple Avenue Liquors, LLC for the years 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and
2019-2020 pursuant to the required Special Ruling issued by the Director of NJ Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
18-29 Appoint Members to Parks, Recreation and Conservation Board – Appoints Richard Brooks and Michael Winograd to terms which shall expire December 31, 2020
19. Comments from the Public (Not to Exceed 5 minutes per person)
20. Adjournment

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Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Seeks Help With Hit and Run on Route 46

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***SEEKING PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE IN HIT AND RUN INVESTIGATION***
January 7, 2018
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Moonachie NJ , Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Moonachie Police Department are requesting information from the public regarding a hit and run collision which resulted in a pedestrian sustaining fatal injuries.

At approximately 5:50 am on Friday, January 5, 2018, the Moonachie Police Department received a report of a pedestrian lying in the roadway on Route 46 East near the intersection of Industrial Avenue. Upon arriving at the scene, officers observed a deceased male victim lying in the roadway. The victim’s injuries were consistent with having been struck by a motor vehicle. The victim, later identified as Brian P. Rossi (DOB 7/15/1989) of Teaneck, New Jersey, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Evidence at the scene indicates that the victim was struck by more than one vehicle, all of which fled the scene traveling eastbound on Route 46.
Anyone with information regarding this hit and run collision is requested to contact the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit at 201-226-5595, or the Moonachie Police Department at 201-641-9100. All calls will remain confidential.

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VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING DECEMBER 13, 2017 8:00 P.M.

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VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING DECEMBER 13, 2017 8:00 P.M.

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

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over – 2017 Year End     Holiday Statewide Crackdown

 

  1. Comments from the Public (Not to exceed 3           minutes per person – 40 minutes in total)
  1. Village Manager’s Report
  1. Village Council Reports
  1. ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION – RIDGEWOOD WATER

NONE

  1. ORDINANCES – PUBLIC HEARING – RIDGEWOOD WATER

NONE

  1. RESOLUTIONS – RIDGEWOOD WATER

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS, NUMBERED 17-372 THROUGH

17-379 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:

 17-372    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

17-373    Award Contract – Line Stop and Valve                   Insertion Services (NTE $100,000) – Awards             the first year of a two-year contract to the           lowest responsible bidder, Carner Brothers,           10 Steel Court, Roseland, NJ

17-374    Title 59 Approval – Water Billing and Data              Collection/Processing Services – Approves the           plans and specifications for Water Billing             and Data Collection Services prepared by the               Ridgewood Water Department, pursuant to Title          59

17-375    Award Contract – Water Billing and Data                Collection/Processing Services (NTE                    $237,395/year) – Awards the first year of a            three-year contract to the sole responsible              bidder, Computil, Inc., 30 Controls Drive,              Shelton, CT

17-376    Award Contract Under State Contract –                  Emergency Generators (NTE $100,291.65) –               Awards a contract under State Contract to             United Rentals, 222 Bergen Turnpike,                Ridgefield Park, NJ

17-377    Award Professional Services Contract –                 Evaluation of Water Quality (NTE $170,000) –            Awards a no-bid 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.

17-378    Authorize Change Order #1 – Professional               Services for Lafayette Reservoir Improvements         (NTE $5,000) – Authorizes Change Order #1 to            the original low bidder, H2M Associates,               Inc., 119 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany, NJ.             This change order is necessary due to                  remediation recommendations for the                 deteriorating inside of the reservoir dome.

17-379    Authorize Change Order #1 – SCADA System               Software (NTE $14,944.96) – Authorizes Change         Order #1 to the original low bidder, Emerson               Process Management Power and Water Solution,               200 Beta Drive, Pittsburgh, PA. This change             order is necessary due to additional                   software licenses needed for the Ridgewood            Water Department and the Village Water                 Pollution Control Facility.

  1. ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION

3626 – Amend White Collar Salary Ordinance – Amends            Ordinance No. 3608 to make minor adjustments to           the previously adopted White Collar salary             ordinance

3627 – Amend Blue Collar Salary Ordinance – Amends        Ordinance No. 3607 to make minor adjustments to          the previously adopted Blue Collar salary             ordinance

3628 – Amend Management Salary Ordinance – Amends             Ordinance No. 3620 to make minor adjustments to           the previously adopted Management salary               ordinance

3629 – Amend Chapter 265 – Vehicles and Traffic – CBD          Employee Parking – Cottage Place Lot – Restores          15 parking spaces to general parking by              eliminating 15 CBD Employee Parking spaces in          the Cottage Place lot

3630 – Amend Chapter 265 – Vehicles and Traffic –              Prohibit Overweight and Over Length Vehicles –           Glenwood Road – Prohibits vehicles in excess of           22 feet in length and 10,000 pounds in Gross            Vehicle Weight on Glenwood Road, from Upper             Boulevard to the Ho-Ho-Kus municipal boundary

  1. ORDINANCES – PUBLIC HEARING

3623 – Amend Chapter 265 – Vehicles and Traffic –             Establish Stop Signs at Cliff Street and First            Street

3624 – Amend Chapter 265 – Vehicles and Traffic –             Establish Stop Signs at Various Locations at        Intersections with West End Avenue

3625 – Amend Chapter 190 – Land Use and Development –          Allow Certain Illuminated Interior Signs in           the Central Business District

  1. RESOLUTIONS

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS, NUMBERED 17-380 THROUGH

17-411 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:

17-380    Approve 2018 Village Cash Management Plan –            Annual resolution which approves the Cash           Management Plan and Policy.  This Cash                Management Plan is to be used as a guide for           Village officials when depositing and                  investing the Village’s funds.   

17-381    Designate Official Newspapers for 2018 –               Annual resolution which designates The Record         and the Ridgewood News, and the USA Today               Network (the parent company of both                 newspapers) as the official newspapers of the        Village of Ridgewood

17-382    2018 Annual Meetings Statement – Annual                resolution which sets the schedule for the             Village Council Meetings for 2018

17-383    Approve Budget Transfers – Annual resolution            which transfers money in the 2017 budget from       departments which have excess funds to those           departments which do not have adequate funds

17-384    Approve 2018 Temporary Budgets – Approves              the 2018 Temporary Budgets for the General            budget, the Water Utility budget, and the               Parking Utility budget, which will fund               Village operations prior to the adoption of            the 2018 Budget

17-385    Award Contract – Preparation of 2018 Village           Council Meeting Minutes ($8.50/page/NTE         $18,000) – Awards a contract for preparation         of the 2018 Village Council Meeting minutes       to Caitlin Powers, 413 Van Emburgh Avenue,           Ridgewood, NJ as the sole quote

17-386    Title 59 Approval – Leasing of Police                  Vehicles – Approves the plans and                     specifications for 36 Month Lease and Service        Agreement for Two (2) SUVs, Two (2) Sedans,             and One (1) Minivan, as well as Service for            Other Authorized Vehicles Ridgewood Police              Fleet January 1, 2018 through December 31,               2020 for the Village of Ridgewood, prepared            by the Engineering Division, pursuant to                Title 59

17-387    Award Contract – Leasing of Police Vehicles            (NTE $2,335.10/month) – Awards a contract to           the lowest responsible bidder, Enterprise            Fleet Management, Inc., 1550 Route 23, Wayne,         NJ

17-388    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

17-389    Award Contract – Landfill Disposal of Solid            Waste ($66.95/ton) – Awards a contract for              2018 and 2019 to the lowest responsible                 bidder, IWS Transfer Systems of NJ, Inc, 375            Routes 1 & 9, Jersey City, NJ

17-390    Title 59 Approval – Rental of Two Designated           Parking Spaces on North Broad Street by the          Taxi Stand – Approves the plans and                specifications for Lease of Two (2)               Designated Parking Spaces at North Broad          Street Taxi Stand from the Village of               Ridgewood for One (1) Year Starting January        1, 2018, prepared by the Engineering              Division, pursuant to Title 59

17-391    Award Contract – Rental of Two Designated              Parking Spaces on North Broad Street by the               Taxi Stand – Awards a contract to the sole               bidder, E & K, LLC, 99 Royal Avenue,                    Hawthorne, NJ with payment to the Village of            $2,000 for the 2018 calendar year

17-392    Title 59 Approval – 2018 Recreational Program           Instruction – Approves the plans and                   specifications for Recreational Program                Instruction with the Department of Parks and           Recreation, Contract Year 2018, prepared by             the Ridgewood Recreation Department, pursuant           to Title 59

17-393    Award Contract – 2018 Recreational Program              Instruction – Awards contracts to various              vendors for 2018 recreation programs offered             by the Village of Ridgewood’s Department of            Parks and Recreation

17-394    Title 59 Approval – Poster Display                     Advertising at Train Station Complex –                 Approves the plans and specifications for            Rebid Poster Display Advertising at the                  Village Train Station Complex Specific                  Locations in the Village of Ridgewood,                 prepared by the Engineering Division,                 pursuant to Title 59

17-395    Award Contract – Poster Display Advertising            at Train Station Complex – Awards a contract               to the sole bidder, Intersection Media, LLC,           10 Hudson Yards, 26th Floor, New York, New            York. The Village will receive 60% of the Net           Annual Billings earned by Intersection Media,           LLC.

17-396    Award Contract Under State Contract – Police           Radios (NTE $30,648.50) – Awards a contract              under State Contract to Motorola Solutions,           Inc., c/o Regional Communications, 64 East               Midland Avenue, Paramus, NJ  

17-397    Award Professional Services Contract – Risk             Management Consultants (NTE $60,000) – Awards           a Professional Services contract under a

no-bid contract to Brown and Brown Metro,              LLC, 56 Livingston Avenue, Roseland, NJ. The              hiring of a Risk Management Consultant is           required under the Joint Insurance Fund’s              bylaws.

17-398    Award Professional Services Contract –                 Employee Assistance Program (NTE $5,000) –            Awards a non-exclusive Professional Services              Contract to West Bergen Mental Healthcare,              120 Chestnut Street, Ridgewood, NJ for an               Employee Assistance Program

17-399    Award Professional Services Contract –                 Security Improvements – Phase 1 (NTE                  $143,922) – Awards a no-bid Professional             Services Contract to Secure Watch 24, 70                Moonachie Avenue, Moonachie, NJ. The required           Pay to Play forms have been filed with the               Village Clerk’s Office.

17-400    Endorse Application for Community Development           Block Grant – SHARE, Inc. – 104 Cottage Place       – Air Conditioning Improvements – Confirms            endorsement of a $13,600 CDB grant. This           resolution does not obligate the financial              resources of the Village but will expedite             the expenditure of Community Development              funds.

17-401    Endorse Application for Community Development           Block Grant – Village of Ridgewood – Ridge              Road Ramp – Confirms endorsement of an                  $80,000 CDB grant. This resolution does not            obligate the financial resources of the                Village but will expedite the expenditure of            Community Development funds.

17-402    Endorse Application for Community Development           Block Grant – Family Promise – Sheltering               Programs – Confirms endorsement of a                   $25,000 CDB grant. This resolution does not            obligate the financial resources of the                Village but will expedite the expenditure of            Community Development funds.

17-403    Declare 1998 Ford E-150 Van Surplus – Traffic           & Signal Department – Declares this piece of               equipment surplus and authorizes the Village             Manager to dispose of said property

17-404    Authorize Refund of Portion of Property Taxes           Paid and Cancellation of Real Estate Taxes            for Disabled Veteran – Block 3609, Lot 4 –            Authorizes the Tax Collector to cancel                  property taxes paid on and after August 31,            2017, to a 100% disabled Veteran who has              filed proof of his disability with the Tax             Tax Assessor. Also authorizes the Tax                   Collector to provide for a refund of such              property taxes already paid on and after              August 31, 2017, which amount is $5,929.12.

17-405    Accept Grant Funding from Bergen County                Municipal Alliance Grant – Accepts a                   Municipal Alliance Grant in the amount of              $11,677 for the 2018-2019 program year. This            grant provides for Drug and Alcohol Awareness      Programs for the community.

17-406    Authorize Village Manager to Send Letter to             ParkMobile – Nonrenewal of Contract –                  Authorizes the Village Manager to send a               letter to Parkmobile indicating that the            Village wishes to terminate the current                Agreement with Parkmobile

17-407    Oppose New Beekeeping Regulations – Opposes            the new beekeeping regulations which limits               beekeeping and the number of hives to                 specifically sized lots throughout the State               of New Jersey

17-408    Appoint Health Officer – Appoints Dawn                 Cetrulo as the Health Officer for the Village         of Ridgewood

17-409    Appoint Joint Insurance Fund Commissioner –            Appoints Heather Mailander, Village Manager,               as the JIF Commissioner for 2018

17-410    Appoint Public Agency Compliance Officer               (P.A.C.O) – Designates Heather Mailander,              Village Manager, as the P.A.C.O. for the             Village of Ridgewood for the calendar year            2018

17-411    Endorse Application for Community Development           Block Grant – SHARE, Inc. – 104 Cottage Place       – Boiler Improvement Project – Confirms                    endorsement of a $12,925 CDB grant. This               resolution does not obligate the financial              resources of the Village but will expedite             the expenditure of Community Development              funds.

 

  1. Comments from the Public (Not to Exceed 5 minutes per person)
  1. Resolution to go into Closed Session
  1. Closed Session
  1. Legal – Water Pollution Control                        Facility/RGRME Project; Ridgewood Water                Lawsuit
  1. Contract Negotiations – Parkmobile
  1. Personnel – Water Department; Performance              Review – Village Manager/Village Clerk
  1. Adjournment
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FEMA agrees to reopen all Superstorm Sandy homeowner claims

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FEMA agrees to reopen all Superstorm Sandy homeowner claims

MARCH 11, 2015, 9:21 PM    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2015, 9:34 PM
BY ABBOTT KOLOFF
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

In the face of allegations of fraudulent practices by some private insurance companies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will reopen every claim made by homeowners who suffered damage during Superstorm Sandy and has let go one of its top administrators, New Jersey’s U.S. senators announced Wednesday.

Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker said during a press conference in Washington that FEMA has agreed to review all 144,000 claims filed by Sandy victims, and not just the 2,200 claimants currently involved in a lawsuit over allegations that some claims were denied because of fraudulent engineering reports made by insurance subcontractors.

All Sandy victims across the region who believe that they didn’t receive enough insurance money for flood damages are eligible to resubmit their claims, including those who live in North Jersey’s hardest hit areas in Little Ferry and Moonachie. The mayors of those municipalities did not immediately respond to messages seeking a response to the announcement.

Menendez and Booker also said that the FEMA executive who has been overseeing the National Flood Insurance Program, David Miller, has tendered his resignation. The agency’s top administrator, Craig Fugate, plans to have a process in place within “several weeks” for Sandy victims to seek a review of their claims, they said.

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Business tax rebates go unpaid by New Jersey

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Business tax rebates go unpaid by New Jersey

FEBRUARY 17, 2015, 9:49 PM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2015, 9:49 PM
BY HUGH R. MORLEY
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

As the state pours billions of dollars in business tax breaks into programs aimed at strengthening New Jersey’s struggling economy, it has put the brakes on another incentive program, leaving hundreds of companies without promised payments that could total in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Seeking to balance the state budget over the last few years, the Christie administration and the Legislature have each slashed funding for the Business Employment Incentive Program, commonly referred to as BEIP, eliminating payments to companies that were promised annual income tax rebate checks in return for moving to New Jersey or expanding here.

The affected businesses range from HighRoad Press — a small printing company that was promised $345,000 over 10 years for its move from Manhattan to Moonachie — to retail giant Bed Bath & Beyond, which is owed $2.8 million for creating jobs in 2012 and 2013. Paying out the money from these awards — estimated at $650 million according to one state estimate — would seem out of reach without an unexpected massive boost in state revenues. The state stopped awarding new grants under the program in 2013.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/business-tax-rebates-go-unpaid-by-new-jersey-1.1272924

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2 years after Sandy hit, some victims in Bergen County are still waiting for relief

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2 years after Sandy hit, some victims in Bergen County are still waiting for relief

OCTOBER 29, 2014    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014, 7:29 AM
BY AARON MORRISON
STAFF WRITER | 
THE RECORD

Volunteer Jessica Martinez being trained by Mike Stimson of Habitat for Humanity at a Little Ferry home damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Of all the money dispersed to homeowners and renters whose lives were upended by Superstorm Sandy two years ago today, not a penny of it has helped rid Donna Mojica of the mold that has festered around her water-damaged trailer home.

Sick of looking at the mold as it crept up the walls of her kitchen and bedroom, the Moonachie resident took a paintbrush to the white- and black-speckled spores.

The Mojicas aren’t confident they will ever receive the thousands of dollars needed for mold remediation, despite the assistance of a case manager helping them navigate various applications for aid grants.

So far, the family has received only about $600 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to replace an awning on the trailer and two months of rental assistance, a welcome reprieve that ends next month. Aside from the paint, nothing has been done about the Mojicas’ mold problem in two years.

“How long am I going to have to breathe this in before I get sick?” said Donna Mojica, who, along with her husband, Adam, reflects a weariness among some storm victims around the state who say aid programs have been inequitably administered and leave some feeling underserved after the worst weather-related disaster of its kind on record.

The storm, which began as the largest hurricane on record in the Atlantic Ocean and devastated the Caribbean, the East Coast and parts of Canada, made landfall as a powerful rain and wind event in New Jersey on Oct. 29, 2012. It killed 37 people statewide, including one person in Bergen County, where 5,000 people were evacuated from the low-lying towns of Little Ferry and Moonachie. Flooding caused by a 10-foot storm surge overwhelmed the nearby Meadowlands’ flood control systems, and municipal pump stations were inadequate to sweep water back into the Hackensack River.

Despite more than $1 billion allocated to victims in the form of relocation, rebuilding and other supplemental grant funds, according to the Christie administration, a new Monmouth University poll finds that less than a third of victims in the state feel recovery efforts have focused on them.

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Smoked salmon is this chef’s niche

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Smoked salmon is this chef’s niche

JULY 20, 2014    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2014, 1:43 PM
BY ELISA UNG
RECORD COLUMNIST
THE RECORD

This summer, we’ll be spotlighting locally produced foods and drinks that have caught the attention of North Jersey’s chefs, bartenders and other tastemakers.

Where it’s on the menu

Moveable Feast provided this list of the local restaurants, caterers and clubs that serve its smoked salmon and other fish:

Alpine Country Club

Bareli’s, Secaucus

Bottagra, Hawthorne

Chakra, Paramus

Chef’s Table, Franklin Lakes

Fiesta Banquet, Wood-Ridge

The Elan, Lodi

The Graycliff, Moonachie

Latour, Ridgewood

Le Jardin, Edgewater

The Park Steakhouse, Park Ridge

Park West Tavern, Ridgewood

Rudy’s Inflight Catering, Teterboro

Village Green, Ridgewood


Alain Quirin has always been intrigued by how fresh-from-the-sea salmon can be transformed into the thin, silky, smoky slices that are twirled into canapés and draped onto buffet trays.

When the French-born chef ran the kitchen at the Greenwich Village restaurant Raoul’s, he often could be found spending afternoons on an outdoor terrace, tending to a few fillets of salmon in a small smoker, which he piled with ice to keep it from getting too hot.

“It was kind of like a game for me,” Quirin said. “It was interesting to go from A to Z on something that normally you just open a package.”

And eventually, he and his wife, Denise, turned that game into a family business. Their Moveable Feast, whose headquarters is in a Moonachie industrial complex, cold-smokes 5,000 pounds of buttery salmon a week, and customers say its quality is unrivaled.

“It’s just so much fresher,” said Chris Waters, executive chef of The Elan catering hall in Lodi, who serves platters of smoked salmon and also uses it in an avocado salad with apples and red onion. “You can smell the smoke as soon as you open the package. It takes over the room. People turn their heads.”

At Village Green in Ridgewood, chef-owner Kevin Portscher layers the salmon over warm potato pancakes, garnished with onions, capers and dill crème fraîche. “I couldn’t make it better myself — that’s why I buy it from him,” Portscher said. “There’s no chemicals, no crazy flavors. It’s fish, salt, hickory smoke. That’s the way they’ve been doing it for hundreds of years.”

Adds another Ridgewood chef, Michael Latour, who occasionally uses the fish in specials: “Some salmon can be a little too slimy. His technique is drier.”

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/food-and-dining-news/food-news/the-deans-of-smoked-salmon-1.1054271#sthash.Uh9A5QQR.dpuf

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New figures break down New Jersey’s school costs by district

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New figures break down New Jersey’s school costs by district

MAY 9, 2014, 6:06 PM    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014, 6:31 PM
BY HANNAN ADELY
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

New Jersey districts spent an average of $18,891 per pupil in 2012-13, up 4.8 percent from the year before, according to figures released Friday by the state Department of Education.

By the Numbers:

Spending per pupil by school district in the counties of Bergen and Passaic in 2012-13

Top 10

Bergen County Special Service$93,953
Bergen County Vocational   $33,685
Moonachie$28,733
Alpine        $27,459
Carlstadt-East Rutherford$25,994
Passaic County Vocational$25,003
Hackensack$24,046
Teaneck$24,019
Saddle Brook$23,708
Pascack Valley Regional$23,472

Bottom 10

Prospect Park$15,237
Hasbrouck Heights$15,127
River Edge$15,076
Little Ferry$14,916
John P. Holland Charter$14,815
Elmwood Park$14,543
Fairview$14,030
Bergen Arts & Science Charter$13,822
Passaic Arts & Science Charter$12,288
Classical Academy Charter$8,440
   
Among regular districts in the counties of Bergen and Passaic, total per-pupil spending ranged from a high of $28,733 in Moonachie to $14,030 in Fairview.

Three charter school districts had the least spending per student, including the Classical Academy Charter School which spent $8,440 per student and the Passaic Arts and Science Charter School, which spent $12,288. Spending is lower in part because charter schools receive no facilities aid. 

The Bergen County Special Services district, which serves severely disabled children, spends $93,953.

Of the 103 regular and charter districts in Bergen and Passaic, 19 saw their per pupil costs drop, while figures rose in the other 84.

The Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending can be found at here http://www.state.nj.us/education/guide/2014/

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/new-figures-break-down-new-jersey-s-school-costs-by-district-1.1013410#sthash.AwZBgaDz.dpuf