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Mayor Contradicks Ridgewood News ,”Parking Rate Hike” Story

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood ran a story titled “Ridgewood Council considers parking rate hikes to finance garage, as plans get a face-lift” , in the article the News claimed that , ” As plans for the Hudson Street parking garage received a face-lift, the village is considering additional parking rate increases in the downtown to finance its construction and operation ”

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VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING AND PUBLIC WORKSHOP AGENDA SEPTEMBER 5th

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Village Council Special Public Meeting
VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD
VILLAGE COUNCIL SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING
SEPTEMBER 5, 2018
7:30 P.M.

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The Village Council Moves Forward on Bond Ordinance for Hudson Street Parking Garage in Ridgewood

 

July 1,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, the new Village council move quickly on a $12,000,000 financing for the Hudson Street garage.

3650 – Bond Ordinance – Hudson Street Parking Garage
($12 million)- Appropriates this money for the design, management, construction, furnishing and equipping of the Hudson Street parking garage
3651 – 2018 NJDOT Grant – Hillcrest Road Capital Ordinance – Appropriates $215,000.00 for the Hillcrest Road Streetscape project, which will be reimbursed through a $215,000.00 grant from the NJ Department of Transportation
3652 – 2018 NJDOT Grant – North Pleasant Avenue Capital Ordinance – Appropriates $165,627.00 for the North Pleasant Avenue Streetscape project, which will be reimbursed through a $165,627.00 grant from the NJ Department of Transportation

24. RESOLUTIONS

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS, NUMBERED 18-196 THROUGH 18-210 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:

18-196 Appoint Village Attorney (NTE $275,000) – Appoints Matthew Rogers as the Village Attorney under a no bid contract from for a term of 7/1/18-6/30/19. The required Pay to Play forms have been filed.
18-197 Appoint Village Bond Attorney (NTE $60,000) – Appoints McManimon, Scotland, and Baumann, L.L.C., 75 Livingston Avenue, 2nd Floor, Roseland, NJ as the Village Bond Attorney from 7/1/18-6/30/19 under a no-bid contract. The required Pay to Play forms have been filed.
18-198 Appoint Village Professional Planner (NTE $60,000) – Appoints Brigette Bogart or Brigette Bogart, Planning and Design Professionals, LLC, 648 Godwin Avenue, Suite 2, Midland Park, NJ as the Village Professional Planner from 7/1/18 – 6/30/19, under a no-bid contract. The required Pay to Play forms have been filed.
18-199 Appoint Professional Planning Consultant for Declaratory Judgment Litigation – Affordable Housing and Related Matters (NTE $65,000) – Appoints Elizabeth McManus, LEED, AP, PP, AICP and Clark, Caton and Hintz, 100 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ as the Village Professional Planning Consultant from 7/1/18 through 6/30/19, under a no-bid contract. The required Pay to Play forms have been filed.

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Council members Look to delay Parking Meter Rate Increases until after the 2020 Ridgewood council election takes place

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June 8,2018

by the staff of The Ridgewood Blog

Ridgewood NJ, It is being suggested that members of the Village Council whose terms will expire in 2020, and who will likely choose to run for reelection, are favoring a parking garage funding proposal that would defer payment of bond/loan principal for at least one (1) year, and perhaps as many as four (4) years, after the garage opens. This would enable any increase in parking meter rates, and/or an extension of effective parking meter times/days of week, to be delayed until after the 2020 election takes place. Of course, any deferred payment of bond/loan principal would mean an increase in the total interest payment on the bonds/loan.

Alternately, it could be the desire of all members of the Village Council to preclude taxpayers from “connecting the dots.” That is, to prevent taxpayers from realizing that Parking Utility revenues previously allocated to the VIllage’s General Fund (used to provide for routine municipal services – sanitation, police, fire, streets, etc.) would be earmarked instead to fund debt service payments for the parking garage. This would undoubtedly result in property tax increases to retain existing municipal service levels, or suffer service level cuts. Deferring payment of the bond/loan principal would push any such tax increases or cuts in municipal service levels out well beyond the garage’s opening. In short, many taxpayers would be unlikely to “connect the dots” at that point, and not realize that increased meter rates and/or extensions of effective parking meter times/days of week were not sufficient enough to entirely fund the parking garage.

Why does it always seem to be all about them and not about those who elected them to serve?

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RIDGEWOOD PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC MEETING JUNE 5th : Hudson Street Parking Garage, Courtesy Review, Epic Management, Block 3809, Lots 12 & 13

PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Village Hall Court Room – 7:30 P.M.
(all timeframes and the order of agenda items below are approximate and subject to change)
1. 7:30 p.m. – Call to Order, Statement of Compliance, Flag Salute, Roll Call – In accordance with the provisions of Section 10:4-8d of the Open Public Meetings Act, the date, location, and time of the commencement of this meeting is reflected in a meeting notice, a copy of which schedule has been filed with the Village Manager and the Village Clerk, The Ridgewood News and The Record newspapers, and posted on the bulletin board in the entry lobby of the Village municipal offices at 131 North Maple Avenue, and on the Village website, all in accordance with the provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act.Roll call: Knudsen, Voigt, Joel, Patire, Scheibner, Torielli, McWilliams, Barto, Van Goor, Wesner, Bandelt
2. 7:30 p.m. – 7:35 p.m. – Public Comments on Topics not Pending Before the Board
3. 7:35 p.m. – 7:40 p.m. – Committee/Commission/Professional Updates for Non Agenda Topics, Correspondence Received by the Board
4. 7:40 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – Chestnut Hill Development, Minor Sub-Division, 401 Mountain Avenue, Block 2706, Lot 4, Adoption of Memorializing Resolution of Approval
5. 7:45 p.m. – 7:55 p.m. – Hudson Street Redevelopment Ordinance #3649
6. 7:55 p.m. – 8:05 p.m. – Blade Signs Ordinance #3647
7. 8:05 p.m. – 8:20 p.m. – Ridgewood/Dayton, Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan, 100/152 South Broad Street, Blocks 3707/3905, Lots 5.01/1.01 – Developer’s Agreement, Carried from May 15, 2018 without prejudice to the Board
8. 8:20 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Two Forty Associates, Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan, 150-174 Chestnut Street, Block 2005, Lot 38 – Developer’s Agreement, Carried from May 15, 2018 without prejudice to the Board
9. 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Ridgewood Water, Informal Review, 205 East Glen Avenue, Block 3107, Lot 33.01, Carr Facility, carried from May 15, 2018 without notice and without prejudice to the Board
10. 9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – Hudson Street Parking Garage, Courtesy Review, Epic Management, Block 3809, Lots 12 & 13
11. 10:30 p.m. – 10:35 p.m. – Adoption of Minutes: July 18, 2017
12. 10:35 p.m. – Executive Session (if necessary)
13. Adjournment: In accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, all meetings of the Ridgewood Planning Board (i.e., official public meetings, work sessions, pre-meeting assemblies and special meetings) are public meetings, which are always open to members of the general public.
Members: Susan Knudsen, Jeff Voigt, Joel Torielli, Melanie McWilliams, David Scheibner, Richard Joel, Debbie Patire, Frances Barto, James Van Goor, Alysson Wesner, Matthew Bandelt
Professional Staff: Christopher Martin, Esq., Board Attorney; Christopher J. Rutishauser, Village Engineer; Brigette Bogart, Village Planner; Michael Cafarelli, Board Secretary

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Timeline for Hudson Street Parking Garage in Ridgewood

May 24,2018
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Ridgewood NJ, at Wednesday night council meeting the Village Council introduced Ordinance #3649 ,which is the Redevelopment Plan for Block 3809, Lots 12 & 13 – Hudson Street Parking Lot – Establishes a Redevelopment Plan for Block 3809, Lots 12 & 13, also known as the Hudson Street Parking Lot.

Timeline for Hudson Street Parking Garage:
June 5th Planning Board Curtesy Review
June 11th Open House for the Public 7-8
June 13th Public Hearing for adaption
June 14th Curtesy Historic Preservation Review
July 1st introduce bond ordnance
July 18th hearing for bond adaption for the bond for the Hudson Street Garage
August 8th award the contract to Epic Management to build the garage

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Updated Walker Report 2018 :Impact of Proposed Hudson Street Parking Garage

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February 28,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, the Walker Report 2018 , click on the link :

Preliminary Financial Analysis – FINAL REPORT – Click Here http://www.ridgewoodnj.net/images/Ridgewood/Projects/HudsonStParkingDeck/Hudson_Street_Parking_Garage_Prel._Fin._Analysis.pdf

Hudson Street Parking Garage Parking Allocation Plan – Click Here http://www.ridgewoodnj.net/images/Ridgewood/Projects/HudsonStParkingDeck/Hudson_Street_Parking_Garage_Allocation_Plan.pdf

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SPECIAL VILLAGE COUNCIL MEETING – FEBRUARY 21 – 7PM: Village Council will be interviewing the four companies who responded to the RFP for the Hudson Street Parking Garage

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HUDSON STREET PARKING GARAGE UPDATE
Important Message from Mayor Susan Knudsen

February 20,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, there will be a SPECIAL VILLAGE COUNCIL MEETING – FEBRUARY 21 – 7PM: Village Council will be interviewing the four companies who responded to the RFP for the Hudson Street Parking Garage on February 21, 2018, beginning at 7:00 pm in the Sydney V. Stoldt, Jr. Court Room on the fourth floor of Village Hall. The meeting will be televised on Cablevision 77, Verizon 34, and YouTube livestream.
Each company will summarize their proposals and will present their concept plan(s).
Last fall the Village Council and Village Planning Board identified the Hudson Street Parking Lot as an Area in Need of Redevelopment. A resolution was adopted unanimously by on October 11, 2017. Doing this placed the Village in the best possible negotiating position allowing for direct negotiations with potential garage developers to achieve the best possible outcome on behalf of Ridgewood taxpayers.
Financial Analysis and Parking Allocation studies are expected before February 28 and the results will be discussed during the February 28th Work Session meeting.
I hope you will join us at Wednesday’s (2/21) meeting to learn more about the various proposals, designs, and build cost. Council members will have an opportunity to ask questions during each of the four presentations. Two Public comment periods are scheduled, one at the beginning and one at the end of the meeting. Members of the public will have an opportunity to comment at this time.
The process has been open and transparent every step of the way.

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The Village Council will interview the four companies who responded to the RFP for the Hudson Street parking garage

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February 14,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, The Village Council will be interviewing the four companies who responded to the RFP for the Hudson Street parking garage on February 21, 2018, beginning at 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Sydney V. Stoldt, Jr. Court Room on the fourth floor of Village Hall, and will also be televised on the Public Access channel. Each company will summarize their proposals and will present their concept plan(s).

The deadline for the RFPs (Requests For Proposal) for the construction of the garage was January 19 at 10:00 am.  Seventeen potential bidders picked up packets in late 2017, and four submitted proposals.

These were the proposals received, listed from lowest to highest overall:

1. Pike Company Inc:
$9,464,666

2. Terminal Construction Corp:
Version 3 – $10,100,000
Version 2 – $10,900,000
Version 1 – $11,480,000

3. Epic Management Inc:
$12,340,666 to $12,573,738

4. Prismatic Development Corp:
$14,399,000

*compiled by Councilman Ramon M. Hache

 

 

 

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THE RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL’S PUBLIC WORKSHOP AGENDA

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20180131 Village Council Work Session
THE RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL’S PUBLIC WORKSHOP AGENDA
JANUARY 31, 2018
7:30 P.M.
7:30 pm – Call to Order – Mayor
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.”
Roll Call – Village Clerk
Flag Salute/Moment of Silence
Public Comments (Not to Exceed 3 Minutes per Person – 40 Minutes in Total)
Presentation
Results and Education on Lead and Copper
Carr Well Field Treatment System Design
Discussion
Ridgewood Water
Award Sole Source Contract – Furnish Corrosion Inhibitor
Award Professional Services Contract – Elks Club Survey
Parking
Report on Parking Enforcement in the Central Business District – 7/1/2017 through 12/31/2017
Report on Public Valet Service
Overview of Walker Report on Hudson Street Parking Garage – Financial Feasibility Study and Allocation Study
Overview of Responses to Hudson Street Parking Garage RFP
Amendment to Municipal Complex Parking
Budget
Budget Reserve Transfer Resolution
Sewer Fees for Significant Dischargers
Award Professional Services Contract – Upgrade Traffic Signals Survey – Part II and Proposed Intersection Upgrades
Award Professional Services Contract – 2018 Tax Assessment Map
Award State Contract – Purchase of Tires
Award Second Year Contract – 2018 Horticultural Supplies
Change Fee for New Sanitary Sewer Service Connection
Yearly Renewal of Resolution for Acting Municipal Court Administrator
School Security Officer
Award Contract – On-Call Traffic Services Proposal
Policy
Contribution to Community Center – North Jersey Masters
Authorize NJDEP Treatment Work Permit Application Processing for Multi-family Housing
Implementation of Valley Hospital Settlement
“No Knock” Solicitation Ordinance
Suggestions for Use of Sycamore Tree at Graydon Pool

Operations
Grant Application – Sustainable Jersey
Establish Hours for Placement/Removal of Waste Containers at Curb
Manager’s Report
Council Reports
Public Comments (Not to Exceed 5 Minutes per Person)
Resolution to go into Closed Session
Closed Session
Personnel – Municipal Prosecutor; Boards and Committees
Legal – Valley Hospital; Affordable Housing; Ridgewood Water Lawsuit
Contract Negotiations – Property Acquisition – Green Acres

Adjournment