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THE RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL’S PUBLIC WORKSHOP AGENDA JANUARY 10, 2018 7:30 P.M.

Ridgewood's Iconic Sycamore Tree on the island at Graydon Pool is dying

THE RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL’S PUBLIC WORKSHOP AGENDA JANUARY 10, 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)
Discussion
Ridgewood Water
Bond Ordinance – Carr GAC Treatment System
Award of Professional Services Contract – Public Policy Consultant
Award of Professional Services Contract – Change Order – Booster/Transfer Station Improvements
Award State Contract – Chlorine Analyzers and Supplies
Bid Rejection – Cedar Hill Rehabilitation
Award Contract – Cedar Hill Rehabilitation
Bid Rejection – 2018 Well Improvements

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Discussion of Extension of Deadline for RFPs for Hudson Street Parking Garage

Budget
Award of Second Year of Contract – Maintenance of Irrigation Systems and Water Fountains
Amendment to Contract Previously Awarded– Two Police Vehicles
Bond Ordinance – Paving
Award of Bergen County Cooperative Purchasing Program – Rock Salt
Award of Professional Engineering Services – Phase I Security Improvements at Village Hall
Award Contract – Document Management System

Policy
Approve Mutual Aid Plan and Rapid Deployment Force
Discuss Compliance with Federal Civil Rights Requirements
Discuss Donations to Parks and Recreation Department – Community Center & Landscape Elements
Approve Continued Participation in Childhood Lead Exposure Prevention Project
Encroachment – Enclosure for Restaurant Entrance
Continuation of Suspension of Ordinance for Certain Illuminated Signs
Municipal Charitable Deductions
Operations
Discuss Burbio Calendar App
Major Soil Permit
Report of Independent Arborist – Sycamore Tree at Graydon Pool
Improvements to Kings Pond Park
Review of December 13, 2017 Public Meeting Agenda
Manager’s Report
Council Reports
Public Comments (Not to Exceed 5 Minutes per Person)
Resolution to go into Closed Session
Closed Session
Personnel – Appointments to Boards and Committees; Re-Appointment of Registrar
Contract Negotiations – Elks Club

Adjournment

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Ridgewood Village Council Special Public Meeting and VILLAGE COUNCIL’S PUBLIC WORKSHOP AGENDA

Ridgewood Village Council

Village Council Special Public Meeting

VILLAGE COUNCIL
SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING
OCTOBER 25, 2017
7:30 P.M.

1.   Call to Order – Mayor

2.   Statement of Compliance with the 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.”

3. Roll Call

4.  RESOLUTIONS

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION, NUMBERED 17-328, WILL BE ADOPTED BY A CONSENT AGENDA, WITH ONE VOTE BY THE VILLAGE COUNCIL. THERE IS A BRIEF DESCRIPTION BESIDE THIS RESOLUTION TO BE CONSIDERED ON THE CONSENT AGENDA. THE RESOLUTION WILL BE READ BY TITLE ONLY:

17-328 Award Contract – Telecommunications Equipment for Water Pollution Control Facility Sanitary Sewage Pump Stations – Hardware and Software (NTE $71,000) – Awards a contract to the sole source supplier, Emerson Process Management Power and Water Solutions, Inc., 200 Beta Drive, Pittsburgh, PA

5. Adjournment

Village Council Public Workshop

THE RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL’S PUBLIC WORKSHOP AGENDA

OCTOBER 25, 2017

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

Affordable Housing Presentation by Beth McManus, Planner

Discussion

Budget

Award Contract – Tele-Communications Hardware and Software – WPCF

Motion to Suspend Work Session and Convene Special Public Meeting
Special Public Meeting – See Attached Agenda
Motion to Adjourn Special Public Meeting and Reconvene Work Session
Discussion

Ridgewood Water

Water Utility Interest Rates
Water Administrative Maintenance Fees
Award Additional Contract – Infrared Asphalt Surface & Misc. Repairs
Award Change Order – Lafayette Reservoir Improvement

Parking

Hudson Street Parking Garage Funding
Hudson Street Parking Garage Design Criteria
2018 Parking Permits

Budget

Tax Title Lien Premium
Interest Rate for Delinquent Taxes
Interest Rate for Non-Payment of Other Municipal Liens
Interest Rate for Significant Sewer Dischargers
Approve Shared Services Agreement – Monthly Child Health Conference
Award Professional Services – Monthly Child Health Conference
Award Professional Services – Nursing Services for Community Health Programs
Award Sole Source Provider Contract – Software Support – Edmunds
Award Contract – Recycling of Vegetative Waste
Award Contract – Refurbish Leach Body for Sanitation Vehicle
Award National Cooperative Contract – F650 Cab Chassis, Dump Body, Salt Spreader and Snow Plow
Award National Cooperative Contract – Two Front End Snow Plows and Two Sanitation Truck Snow Plows
Award National Cooperative Contract – Bobcat Skid –Steer Loader

Policy

Crane Safety Ordinance
Fundraising Information on Village Website
Police Vehicle Leasing/Maintenance Program

Operations

Zoning in CBD
Zoning in of Route 17 South

Manager’s Report
Council Report
Public Comments (Not to Exceed 5 Minutes per Person)
Resolution to go into Closed Session
Closed Session

Legal – Valley Hospital, Affordable Housing
Contract Negotiations – Town Garage Property
Personnel – Boards and Committees

Adjournment

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Historic Preservation Commission Meeting : Yet another example of the misinformation regarding the presentation of the Hudson Street Parking garage For Ridgewood

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photo by Saurabh Dani

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last night I videotaped the Historic Preservation Commission meeting and the full recording of everything I shot can be viewed here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOCBptQJMcs

My camera angle had an obstructed point of view of the drawings presented, but they can be viewed here:

http://www.ridgewoodnj.net/p…/423-hudson-street-parking-deck

Last night was unfortunately yet another example of how our local government is conducting business. The misinformation regarding the presentation of this parking garage is in glaring view.

For such a massive project that is going to cost us millions of dollars, why can’t we get a proper view of how this proposed garage is really going to look? Why isn’t there a 3D rendering, both virtual as well as a physical model built of the garage as well as the other buildings, so that we can truly understand what is being proposed? Why is the proposed garage still not residing inside of the municipal lot footprint? Why does the “Plan D” proposal that the Village Council voted in favor of on January 27th now have only one lane of vehicular travel, when for that vote there were two driving lanes?

Lastly, the treatment of Councilwoman Knudsen by other members of our government as well as the architectural firm was beyond reproach. Her concerns were dismissed by Commissioner Parillo – as was her vote. This is not how we treat a Councilwoman or anyone for that matter.

Once again, we as residents are faced with difficult choices. Many of us want a garage, but this is not how to do it.

On March 23rd, the Village Council will be voting on this proposed garage as well as the high density housing issue. I strongly encourage you to mark your calendars for that evening and to share your concerns with our Village Council and members of the Historic Preservation Commission in the meantime.

There is so much that can be done with improving our wonderful village, but let’s do it right and with care.

Thanks for listening.

Dana Glazer
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Latest details released from the Village of Ridgewood on the proposed parking garage on Hudson Street

Hudson Street Garage bogus renderings

photo by Saurabh Dani

March 2,2016

compiled by the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Get up to speed on the latest details released from the Village on the proposed parking garage on Hudson Street.

DESMAN HUDSON STREET DECK DRAWINGS – 1/29/2016

These drawings represent the site plan, floor plan & building sections for the revised design of the Deck at Hudson Street.  This Deck design was first considered in October 2015.  There will be 325 parking spots.  The height to the roof is approx. 43′ and 46′ 8″ to the parapet. Click Here for Drawings

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Hudson Street Parking Deck (without Promenade/325 spaces) – Revised February 4, 2016

Click Here


BCIA Ridgewood Parking Financial Summary

This document produced by BCIA Professionals contrasts BCIA County Guaranteed Financing with Village of Ridgewood Stand Alone Financing for debt associated with the Parking Deck Project.  Please note that the estimated differential between the two scenarios has changed since last week, due to changes in BCIA issuance costs amended by the BCIA on Friday, January 29, 2016.  Now, there is an estimated differential of $22,248 which averages less than $900 per year. Click Here for the document.


Walker Analysis for 325 Car Garage – Revised

Click Here

 

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No 2 BCIA is moving forward still collecting signatures in Ridgewood

petition signing event at Elks Club
file photo Elks club by Boyd Loving 
February 24,2016
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgwood NJ, The Ridgewood Knights of Columbus is the next stop on the signature drive . The Petition seeks to protest and repeal Ordinance 3519,authorizing the execution and granting of a lease purchase agreement until it can be voted on by registered residents of Ridgewood with the Bergen County Improvement Authority (BCIA),as a binding referendum question.

The Ridgewood Knights of Columbus will be open on Thursday from 7:00-10:00pm for those interested in signing the petition. K of C hall is on the corner of Hudson/S. Broad St. To enter the hall, you need to use outdoor staircase facing Hudson Street www.no2bcia.com right across for the proposed parking garage .

According to No 2 BCIA petition signatures are still being collected  They ask you to please reach out to come and sign or visit the website for more locations and information. 201-675-8937.

The No 2BCIA website shows these other contacts :

Lorraine Reynolds house, 550 Wyndemere Ave/come to door off John St.,please call first 201-264-8151
Multiple circulators are ready to come to your place. Please call/text 201-264-8151
Anne Loving, call cell 201-723-8017 to make appt to sign.
Saurabh Dani, call/text cell 973-903-5361 and I will stop by to collect your signature.
Melanie McWilliams – 431 Bogert Ave: call/text to confirm 201-675-8937

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Taking the Village of Ridgewood back, No2BCIA Petition is on a roll and the signatures keep coming

BCIA petitiion olmc

OMLC  photo by Boyd Loving

February 21,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood Nj, The people are taking back the town. No2BCIA  ( http://www.no2bcia.com/ )  is on a roll. Keep the signatures coming, we need each and every one. This is a chance to save Ridgewood from a huge financial mistake. We will be able to bond in-town when all is said and done, we will not have a big fat county garage in the middle of town, and we will have full domain over the structure.

Several reports came in that the mayor was reportedly observed looking at the Elks Club building while standing in a nearby parking lot talking on his cell phone.

No2BCIA Petition

OLMC – AFTER EACH MASS
HUDSON/PASSAIC/PROSPECT STREETS
SUN FEB 21ST

 

  • Charlie and Nancy Nowinski, 2 Betty Court, Sunday, Feb. 21, 1-5:30 PM
  • Anne Loving, call cell 201-723-8017 to make appt to sign.
  • Melanie McWilliams – 431 Bogert Ave: Feb19th Friday 9:15-12:15pm, call/text to confirm 201-675-8937
  • Ellen McNamara: 120 West Ridgewood Ave, text 201-874-0966 to let her know you’re coming by. Friday after 11am.

 

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Discusses The Impact of the Hudson Street Parking Garage

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Dear friends,

Today is Holy Family Sunday, the day on which the Church celebrates family life and asks us to reflect on the family as
the basic unit of society. It is the family in which we are nurtured and nourished and which, throughout our lives,
offers the support that allows us to continue to grow and, at the same time, to be secure in the knowledge that there is a
place where we are loved. It is in the family that we experience the ties that bind, bringing us together into the
most intimate of all human relationships. We all know that families continue under a great deal of stress right now, not
only because so many households now have to have two “breadwinners,” but also because of the number of marriage
relationships that have failed and the stress of “blended families,” and the continued pressure to re-define marriage,
now also including the looming possibility that polygamy will be the next hot-button issue.

As our reflection, I once again offer this prayer, composed by the poet Robert Louis Stevenson, for all our families and
for the parish family of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It captures so many of the deepest wishes we hope for our
families and it is my hope, prayer and wish for all of you. Lord, behold our family here assembled. We thank you
for this place in which we dwell; for the love that unites us; for the peace accorded us this day; for the hope
with which we wait for tomorrow; for the health, the work, the food and the bright skies that make our lives
delightful; for our friends in all parts of the earth.

Let peace abound in our small community. Purge out of every heart the lurking grudge. Give us grace and
strength to forbear and persevere. Give us the grace to accept and forgive offenses. Forgetful ourselves, help
us to bear cheerfully the forgetfulness of others.

Give us courage and gaiety and a quiet mind. Spare us to our friends, soften us to our enemies. Bless us in all
our endeavors. Give us the strength to encounter that which is to come that we may be brave in peril,
constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath and in all changes in fortune, and down to the gates of death,
loyal and loving, one to another.

As the clay to the potter, as the windmill to the wind, as children to their father, we ask of You this help and
mercy for Christ’s sake. Amen.

God bless all our families and this parish family of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and a very large and warm thank
you for all of you who make this parish a real family.

All peace and joy in the New Year,

Fr. Ron

P.S. And here I go with another PS, which directly affects this parish family that I just wrote about. I have
briefly written previously on the proposed parking garage the Village is considering building on the site of
the present ground lot on Hudson Street. The Council had a first vote on the authorization of the bonds to pay
for the lot. I am not sure if the Council has officially approved the largest of the designs, for 400+ cars, but, I
believe the bond issue would be for an amount that is needed for that design.

As I wrote, I have concerns about the proposed size of that project, the traffic it could create around the church, and the
proposed re-orientation of Hudson and Passaic Streets, affecting the way funerals park at Mount Carmel and ingress and
egress into and from the driveways that surround the former convent. As I write this, we have engaged an
independent consultant to review the Traffic Impact Study prepared for the Village.

I invite all interested parishioners to one of two meetings to be held this week, one on Tuesday evening, December
29, 2015 at 7:30 PM or, for those who prefer not to come out at night, Wednesday afternoon, December 30, 2015
at 2:00 PM. Both meetings will be held in the Parish

Center and the purpose is to give you any information about our review of the Traffic Impact Study and to
offer you the opportunity to respond to the project proposed by the Village. In preparation, I encourage
everyone to go to the Village website www.ridgewoodnj.net . If you click on the Hudson

Street garage icon you will find some valuable information, including the simulations of the designed
garage as it fits into adjacent buildings and from different perspectives. It is very helpful in understanding the project.

It is important that we hear from you before January 6, 2016, when the Village Council will take up the Bond Issue again.

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Ridgewood Financial Advisory Committee Concludes Hudson Street Parking Garage can be funded entirely by parking revenues

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Statement of the Ridgewood Financial Advisory Committee Hudson Street Parking Garage

The Financial Advisory Committee (the “FAC”) of the Village of Ridgewood strongly supports the proposal to construct a parking garage at the site of the existing Hudson Street parking lot.

Members of the FAC have carefully reviewed the proposal, including discussions with Village management and a thorough review of the financial analysis prepared by Walker Parking Consultants (the “Walker Study”). Based on that review, we believe it is in the best interests of the Village to move forward with the project.

We would like to highlight the following points: The Walker Study substantiates the long-held belief of many of our residents that there is insufficient parking to adequately serve the Village core.

While there is ample anecdotal evidence that parking is difficult in downtown Ridgewood, the Walker Study provides factual confirmation based on observations of parking usage at different times and days of the week. We believe the methodology used in the Walker Study is reasonable and its findings accurate.

While there is excess capacity in parts of the Village, parking demand in the central core exceeds practical supply at nearly every key time of the day. As set forth in the Walker Study, the costs of the parking garage can be supported entirely by Village parking revenues, assuming small increases in parking rates and the extension of metered hours to 9 p.m.

The FAC conducted its own independent analysis of the costs and revenues associated with the proposed parking garage. Using very conservative assumptions (no new revenues, construction costs as high as $14 million and interest rates as high as 4%) the garage can still be funded entirely by parking revenues.

A new parking garage will have a significant positive economic impact on the Village. The new parking garage will enhance the attractiveness of existing stores and restaurants, encourage new businesses owners to choose Ridgewood, and modernize our parking infrastructure.

We recognize that while parking revenues should cover the cost of the garage, funding the garage still creates an additional financial obligation for the Village, which would need to be met by other sources in the unlikely event that parking revenues fell short. However, we think the substantial benefits offered by a garage support taking on that obligation. * * *

In its last annual report to the Village Council, the FAC stated that “addressing the Village’s parking problem is probably the single best thing the Council could do for the central business district.”

Parking has been an issue in Ridgewood for decades. Finally, we have an opportunity to address the parking problem, and thereby safeguard Ridgewood’s appeal as a destination for dining and shopping, and preserve the vibrancy of our central business district.
The FAC encourages you to vote “YES” for parking on November 3.

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Village Authorizes Non-Binding Referendum for Hudson Street Parking Garage for Nov 3, 2015 Ballot

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Hudson Street Parking Garage

Two important forums scheduled in Village Hall – 4th Floor Court Room – to discuss the proposed Hudson Street Parking Deck: Wednesday, October 21 and Monday, November 2 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Village professionals as well as the design team from Desman Associates will be on hand to discuss all aspects of the proposed parking deck, including the design and financials. All are welcome to attend. All questions are welcome!

Walker Parking Preliminary Financial Analysis – October 2, 2015

Walker Parking Consultant Study – July 5th, 2015

Walker Parking Floor Plans

Resolutions

Resolution 15-222 : Non-Binding Referendum – Nov 3, 2015 Ballot

Resolution 15-303 : Desman, Inc.

Ordinances

Ordinance 3480

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The design team from Desmond Associates to Share Insights on Hudson Street Parking Garage at Village of Ridgewood Forum

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Important Village of Ridgewood Forums – October 21 – November 2 – Hudson Street Parking Deck

Two important forums scheduled in Village Hall – 4th Floor Court Room – to discuss the proposed Hudson Street Parking Deck: Wednesday, October 21 and Monday, November 2 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Village professionals as well as the design team from Desmond Associates will be on hand to discuss all aspects of the proposed parking deck, including the design and financials. All are welcome to attend. All questions are welcome!