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Reader says , “The village council has shown no regard for rising taxes and in fact has only acted to ensure they will continue to go up”

file photo by Boyd Loving

The village council has shown no regard for rising taxes and in fact has only acted to ensure they will continue to go up. The garage will eventually need property taxes to pay the million dollar annual gap between expense and parking revenue. With high density housing our schools will be overloaded forever and that budget will only grow by large numbers. $15 min wage will crush all CBD businesses and that will lower tax receipts there, a gap higher local property taxes will have to cover. As housing sales on the highest property tax homes in town see price erosion the lower assessments will get covered by…higher local property taxes. Meanwhile, the village spends like fools and hikes fees everywhere.

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New Tree Planted on Graydon Island

photo courtesy of Village of Ridgewood Mayor Ramon Hache

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, a tree planning was held at Graydon Pool around 4:30 pm Wednesday October 24th. The event was held out by the island at the Graydon Pool Facility. Earlier this year the so called “Money Tree”  had to be cut down due ill health .At the time many long time residents thought it spelled doom for the Village . Mayor Ramon Hache planted a new ‘Money Tree” and resident hope it will be as generous as the first.

Village of Ridgewood Cuts Down the Money Tree

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Iconic Sycamore Will be Removed February 19, 2018

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

file photo by Boyd Loving

REMOVAL OF SYCAMORE TREE ON ISLAND AT GRAYDON POOL

February 14,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The Village arborist and an independent arborist have both determined that the sycamore tree, on the island at Graydon Pool, must be removed due to the fact that a major portion of the trunk of the tree is hollow and poses a safety concern. Residents who would like to photograph the tree or visit the tree, prior to it being removed, may do so through February 19, 2018.

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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

Parking
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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The Democratic Debate: Prepare for a Fairy Tale World Where Everything Is Free

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The Democratic Debate: Prepare for an Orgy of Unicorn Farts and Pixie Dust

By: Leon H. Wolf (Diary)  |  October 13th, 2015 at 04:00 AM

Tonight, the Democrats will have their first Presidential primary debate, although “debate” is something of a misnomer. “Debate” implies that there will be a substantive disagreement in which candidates have different ideas about the direction of the country. However, if you listen to the Democrats talk and check the “issues” section of their campaign websites, you will find that the only real disagreement they have is about exactly how much “free” stuff that the government should give away.

For instance, all the Democrats in the field* believe in “free” college. There is some disagreement amongst the Democrats as to whether only the first two years of college should be free, or whether all four years should be free, or whether college should be free as long as anyone wants to stay in college. They are, however, all in basic agreement that college learning should be considerably more free than it currently is.

They are likewise in agreement that the government should be in the business of forcing your employer to pay you more, which of course is a policy (according to them) that results in you getting more money for “free.” They are likewise uninamous that the illegal immigrants who are currently in this country should be given legal status for “free.” Birth control, including abortion? Likewise, the Democrats are here to argue mostly about who believes it should be “free” with the greatest amount of conviction.

To no one’s surprise, Brian Beutler has already won the award for the most hack-tastic take on the upcoming Democrat debate. Beutler argues, with no apparent sense of irony, that the party whose central organizing tenet is that “there’s always such a thing as a free lunch” is the party of “adults,” as compared to the Republicans. The sole piece of data he mounts in support of this manifestly insane theory is that the Democrat debate is likely to be boring:

Relative to the two Republican presidential primary debates already behind us, Tuesday night’s Democratic primary debate is expected to draw a modest TV audience. Back on January 31, 2008, when candidate Barack Obama was still a political phenom, CNN logged the most-watched presidential primary debate in its history to date, drawing an average of 8.3 million viewers. With the second Republican primary debate last month, the network nearly tripled that.

We surely have Donald Trump to thank for the disparity. Had he sat out the race this year, he would have deprived Fox News and CNN of his singular combination of fame, media savvy, insensitivity, and cringe-inducing combativeness. But even absent Trump, Republican primary debates would probably draw bigger audiences than their Democratic counterparts. It isn’t wrong or biased to say that Democrats make comparatively boring television. But that isn’t a strike against Democrats, either. It’s a reflection of the fact that the Republican Party, unlike the Democratic Party, is dominated by reactionary voters, which makes its candidates prone to saying or doing outrageous things out of a sense of necessity.

http://www.redstate.com/2015/10/13/democratic-debate-prepare-orgy-unicorn-farts-pixie-dust/?utm_source=rsfbp&utm_medium=fbpage&utm_campaign=rsupdate