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Village Offices Are Closed for Presidents day

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood residents – there will be no sanitation or recycling collection today, Monday, February 18th. Village Offices will be closed in observance of President’s Day holidays. There will be no sanitation or recycling pickup on these days and the recycling center will be closed. This information is posted on the Village website and calendar. 
Please help keep Ridgewood clean and safe by sharing this information with neighbors who have placed curbside recycling/garbage. 

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Reader says , “The root of the problem is the failure of our Village Council to distinguish between their Narrow interests and the underlying drivers of value for Village residents”

“The root of the problem is the failure of our Village Council to distinguish between their Narrow interests and the underlying drivers of value for Village residents. Their self-interests are reflections of important aspects of Village business; but however important and useful for Village planning, they should not be used in a self-congratulatory list of “accomplishments” as surrogates for the underlying value of the Council’s work. Genuine value creation fur residents requires a Council culture that compels our Governing body to pursue projects that promise to improve life for all residents, whether it be property tax reduction or paving our third world roads – while not treating their own narrow self-interests (Schedler, Elks HQ, Hudson Garage) as ends in themselves.”

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Holiday Village of Ridgewood Closure – February 12 & 18

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Ridgewood NJ, Tuesday, February 12th and Monday, February 18th Village Offices will be closed in observance of the Lincoln’s Birthday and President’s Day holidays..  There will be no sanitation or recycling pickup on these days and the recycling center will also be closed.

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Reader says, ” It doesn’t take very long before they notice the rotting spell of greed and personal ambition”

We have lots of intelligent residents who lead and operate successful businesses. The problem is, we have to wait for them to retire so they could take a volunteer or paid position with Ridgewood. In the meantime people who have no experience and no knowledge of anything rush to see their names and faces in print. Some, like Knudsen, have been unable to realize she is no longer Mayor and keeps sending out “important announcements” before our current Mayor. Maybe this is requested help, and then I apologize. But her notices always preceded his by only a few minutes.

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Reader claims, ““Self-serving people there for personal gain” defines our Councils of the past decade or more”

3 amigos in action Ridgewood NJ

“Self-serving people there for personal gain” defines our Councils of the past decade or more. Riche with his no bid telecoms contracts with the Village, the definition of conflict of interest. Whatever the hell Ahronson, Pooch and Gwen wanted, none of it seemingly any good for the rest of us. Knudsen getting her boys on the RPD and RFD with some nifty maneuvering around the hiring requirements, and protecting the dilapidated Schedler above all other interests because it’s across the street from her dad’s house… the list goes on and on.

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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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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
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VILLAGE HALL HOLIDAY REMINDERS

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from the desk of Village Manager Heather Mailander

Ridgewood NJ, Village Hall, The Stable and all Village offices will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on December 31, 2018.  Village Hall, The Stable, all Village offices and the Recycling Center will be closed and there will be no sanitation or recycling pickup on January 1, 2019, in observance of the New Year’s holiday.   All Village offices will reopen on January 2, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.  The Police Department, on the second floor of Village Hall, will be open on this holiday.

May 2019 be a happy and healthy year for you and your family!