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Christmas Tree Pickup – Delayed

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Christmas Tree Pickup – Delayed

The recent snowstorms have delayed the pickup of Christmas trees. However, the Village of Ridgewood is continuing to pick them up. If you would like to drop off your tree, you may do so at the Graydon Pool Parking Lot. Your Christmas tree should be placed in the Graydon Pool Parking Lot, at the corner of Linwood Avenue and Northern Parkway.

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Reader says Tough times indeed. To make things worse, the leadership in Ridgewood has failed us miserably

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Reader says Tough times indeed. To make things worse, the leadership in Ridgewood has failed us miserably

Tough times indeed. To make things worse, the leadership in Ridgewood has failed us miserably. We have a trio of individuals that banded together to seek office to advance their personal agendas. Our Mayor seeks higher political office, our Deputy Mayor wants to build up the central business district and their third wheel ran to cast her vote for the Valley expansion. As a majority, they have publicly stumbled their way to ousting political adversaries. The Richie matter was embarrassing at best and their handling of the Village Manager firing was even worse. They’ve been caught having secret meetings with developers in violation of the Sunshine laws and accepting $1,000 fundraiser tickets in violation of their own gift ordinances. All they while they have failed to provide even the most basic services. They are likely learning a difficult lesson at our expense right now. We have garbage piled on top of old Christmas trees in unplowed snow banks. We have municipal workers that have never been forced to do more with less like anyone who’s worked in the private sector since 2008. We have mounting expenses being funded by tax payers that are at their breaking point. Hopefully the residents will see these 3 for what they are – individuals pursuing their personal agendas – individuals that are not at all equipped to deal with the difficult task in front of them.

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North Jersey mayors supportive, skeptical of shared services

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North Jersey mayors supportive, skeptical of shared services
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2014, 8:24 PM
BY  JIM NORMAN
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

Mayors across North Jersey had reactions ranging from support to skepticism for Governor Christie’s budget proposal calling for an $8.5 million fund to encourage municipalities to save money by consolidating and sharing such services as police and fire protection.

“It sounds great, but how far does $8.5 million go across the state of New Jersey?” Fairview Mayor Vincent Bellucci asked. “It makes good press, but it doesn’t make good reality.”

“It’s a gutsy move on his part,” Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi said of Christie. “Every little bit helps. I think that’s smart government.”

East Rutherford Mayor James Cassella said: “I don’t need anybody to push me to do it. Just show me the savings and we’ll do it. … A town is foolish if they’re not looking into it already.”

Mayor Mark Sokolich of Fort Lee said that although he hadn’t seen the governor’s proposal, he supports shared services. “We need to be as creative as we possibly can, and I think we need to be supportive of any creative measures,” he said.

“We mayors recognize that old ways of doing government are unsustainable and that it is incumbent on us to constantly explore new and better ways of delivering municipal services,” said Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn.

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In 2010, Ridgewood ranked 3rd highest in Bergen County in employees making more than $100,000 with 70 employees or 24.4%

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In 2010, Ridgewood ranked 3rd highest in Bergen County in employees making more than $100,000 with 70 employees or 24.4% 

In 2010, Ridgewood ranked 3rd highest in Bergen County in employees making more than $100,000 with 70 employees or 24.4% of the Village workforce compared to our neighboring communities of Glen Rock at 12.6%, Midland Park at 2%, Ho-Ho-Kus at 1.6% and Westwood at 2.6%. Ridgewood is only one of four municipalities in Bergen County with a full-time Fire Department and 67% of Firefighters (28/42) had base salaries over $100,000 in 2011. The median for Ridgewood FD was $118,290. 80% of Ridgewood Police (33/41) had base salaries over $100,000 in 2011. The median for Ridgewood PD was $128,239. Annual vacation benefit for Ridgewood employees can grow up to a maximum of 31 days, excluding compensatory time off, sick days, and other forms of paid leave – this compares with 13 days for the median full-time worker in the U.S. in 2011. Qualified retirees (25 years of service for police & fire) are eligible for pension (65% of compensation prior to retirement) and medical benefits (at no cost) for life. Upon death, the pension and benefits accrue to the retirees spouse for his or her life. The number of public retirees in NJ receiving over $100,000 in pension payments increased 28% in 2011, including 6 retirees from Ridgewood Village departments receiving over $634,000 per year (an average of over $105,000 each), excluding health benefits, according to New Jersey

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Reader says the Ridgewood municipal is budget is well managed and the BOE budget is where the runaway spending is

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Reader says the Ridgewood municipal is budget is well managed and the BOE budget is where the runaway spending is

Do you want to base your conclusions on the faulty FAC report and ignore the fact that the Village provides more services at a lower municipal mil rate than all of the other towns I referred to in my post as #20 that is fine. None of the towns listed there provide garbage pickup, fully staffed fire services, recreation services for kids and seniors or a sewage treatment facility for their residents, that is a fact, and. How that is a union talking point is beyond me.

You claimed that I am only providing half of the story and I am leaving out the property taxpayer’s perspective,” I am a taxpayer, and have been a taxpayer in Ridgewood for many years. If anything is only providing half the story it’s your FAC report. It only tells half the story since it does not even consider the cost to the residents for the Board of Education (BOE). If your report included the BOE then I would have to agree that the largest portion of the Village Tax bill (BOE) has been increased at an alarming rate and is not sustainable.

How do I arrive at that conclusion? Here is the 2011 Bergen County property tax data showing the town – County – total tax levy – % County Taxes – % School Taxes % – Municipal taxes. This is the latest year available on the NJ.com by the numbers web site. There are 70 Municipalities in Bergen County. Below are 18 municipalities that have an equal or greater percentage of their municipal taxes dedicated to the school budget like Ridgewood. The other 51 municipalities have a lower percentage than Ridgewood dedicated to their school budget and a higher percentage number dedicated to their municipal services. Ridgewood’s municipal tax levy is lower than the other 51 Municipalities in Bergen county and is even below the state calculated average of 29%. You can draw your own conclusions from this data however this data clearly shows that the Village municipal budget is very well managed as contrasted with other Bergen County Communities and the overall state average. It also indicates that BOE budget is out of control and unsustainable.

Town – County – tax levy – % County – % BOE – % Municipal

Ridgewood Village Bergen $130,248,198.77 10% 65% 25%

Closter Borough Bergen $42,254,879.89 11% 65% 25%

Demarest Borough Bergen $27,942,242.71 10% 68% 21%

Franklin Lakes Borough Bergen $62,617,871.06 14% 69% 17%

Glen Rock Borough Bergen $59,596,958.87 9% 70% 21%

Harrington Park Borough Bergen $21,819,633.46 10% 69% 22%

Hillsdale Borough Bergen $41,482,921.52 10% 70% 20%

Midland Park Borough Bergen $27,063,090.79 10% 65% 25%

Oakland Borough Bergen $54,044,047.52 9% 65% 26%

Old Tappan Borough Bergen $29,120,723.48 13% 71% 16%

Park Ridge Borough Bergen $35,601,710.17 10% 66% 24%

Ramsey Borough Bergen $72,773,675.42 11% 67% 22%

River Edge Borough Bergen $43,666,177.86 9% 65% 26%

River Vale Township Bergen $43,739,302.11 10% 68% 22%

Tenafly Borough Bergen $86,534,847.47 10% 65% 25%

Upper Saddle River Borough Bergen $46,413,818.76 13% 69% 18%

Waldwick Borough Bergen $37,118,536.98 9% 68% 23%

Westwood Borough Bergen $40,321,173.87 11% 60% 30%

Woodcliff Lake Borough Bergen $38,129,520.22 12% 66% 22%

Statewide total $25,643,843,500.01 18% 52% 29% of 567 municipalities

http://www.nj.com/news/bythenumbers/

This information confirms that the Ridgewood municipal is budget is well managed and the BOE budget is where the runaway spending is since the Ridgewood BOE takes a higher percentage of the total tax bill than 51 other Bergen county municipalities. The FAC report ignores this fact, and therefor is even more faulty than I originally thought.

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Readers warm about Pothole problems on Van Dien Ave, Ridgewood.

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Readers warm about Pothole problems on Van Dien Ave, Ridgewood.

The potholes on South Van Dien remind me of Sarajevo circa 1994.The potholes on South Van Dien are something to behold.

I defy you to name a street in town that’s in worse condition….

Once we get all the Christmas trees picked up we should turn our attention to the potholes.

Streets Proposed Paving in 2013

The Village Council has approved streets to be paved in 2013.

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Reader says Responsibility of Village Governance lies with the Village Council

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Reader says Responsibility of Village Governance lies with the Village Council

If we were a Faulkner Act (N.J.S.A. § 40:69A-1, et seq.) municipality then proposed ordinances could be introduced directly with the signatures of 10% of the registered voters who turned out in the last election in an odd numbered year. However, in Ridgewood it looks like all ordinances and resolutions need to be prepared for the consideration of the Council by the Village Attorney upon written request of any member of the Council or of the Manager. They then need to be introduced and sponsored by a member of the Council, then called up for action on motion of a member of the Council. Finally, no ordinance may be adopted without the affirmative vote of a majority of all the members of the Council or such greater number of affirmative votes as the Charter may require.

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Reader Questions Status of Village Financial Reserves

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Reader Questions Status of Village Financial Reserves

So, Mr. Mayor——- how are those financial reserves doing with all the extra $$$$ that is being spent on snow removal? Using up all our financial reserves seemed like such a grand idea when you wanted to get that politically motivated ZERO PERCENT tax hike. People warned you that you should hold some money back for unexpected expenses, but NOOOOOOOOO, you wanted to be Mr. Santa Claus. Well, you will have to answer when our poorly planned budget runs out of cash flow.

RECALL

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Numerous fender benders during late afternoon/evening snowstorm

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Numerous fender benders during late afternoon/evening snowstorm
February 15,2014
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7:00 PM (11 hours ago)

Ridgewood NJ, A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of South Maple Avenue and Dayton Street in Ridgewood that sent both vehicles careening into snowbanks was just one of the numerous fender benders area police responded to during Saturday’s late afternoon/evening snowstorm.  No injuries were reported in the 6:10 PM Ridgewood crash, but both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.  No word from police on the scene if any summonses were issued.

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Ridgewood Open Houses Febuary 9th

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$1,195,000 – 60 SHERWOOD RD, RIDGEWOOD NJ

Open Houses for Sun 2/9
$6,000 in RIDGEWOOD
MLS # 1400774
465 HEIGHTS RD, RIDGEWOOD, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath,
2 Half Bath, HO– USE
Michael Randy, Sales Associate
Daniel Kahn, Sales Associate
Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty-Saddle River
Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 2/9
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$469,900 in RIDGEWOOD
MLS # 1403251
671 NEWCOMB RD, RIDGEWOOD, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath, C/C
Peggy Jung, Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker, Ridgewood
Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 2/9
19

$475,000 in RIDGEWOOD
MLS # 1400039
697 NEWCOMB RD, RIDGEWOOD, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath, C/C
Josephine Galli, Sales Associate
RE/MAX Integrity
Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Sun. 2/9
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$599,000 in RIDGEWOOD
MLS # 1403482
494 E SADDLE RIVER RD, RIDGEWOOD, NJ 07450
3 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, RANCH
Till Horkenbach, Sales Associate
Keller Williams Village Square Realty
Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 2/9
15

$699,000 in RIDGEWOOD
MLS # 1401726
45 GARFIELD PL, RIDGEWOOD, NJ 07450
6 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath, 2FAM
Christine Odell, Sales Associate
Weichert Realtors, Wyckoff
Open House: 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Sun. 2/9
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$740,000 in RIDGEWOOD
MLS # 1403314
175 MELROSE PL, RIDGEWOOD, NJ 07450
5 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, C/C
Deborah Innocenti, Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker, Ridgewood
Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 2/9
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$829,000 in RIDGEWOOD
MLS # 1402952
457 UPPER BLVD, RIDGEWOOD, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, COL
Eileen P. Mullen, Sales Associate
Keller Williams Village Square Realty
Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 2/9
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$879,000 in RIDGEWOOD
MLS # 1403696
437 UPPER BLVD, RIDGEWOOD, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, COL
Linda Aktar, Broker Associate
Tarvin Realtors
Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. Sun. 2/9
25

$889,000 in RIDGEWOOD
MLS # 1403687
626 KENWOOD RD, RIDGEWOOD, NJ 07450
6 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, COL
Janis Fuhrman, Sales Associate
Terrie O’Connor Realtors/Ridgewood
Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 2/9
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$1,049,000 in RIDGEWOOD
MLS # 1400784
465 HEIGHTS RD, RIDGEWOOD, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath,
2 Half Bath, COL
Michael Randy, Sales Associate
Daniel Kahn, Sales Associate
Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty-Saddle River
Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 2/9
– See more at: http://www.njmls.com/NJ/BERGEN/RIDGEWOOD-open-houses#sthash.oZE46suH.wycZDU7f.dpuf

$1,088,000 in RIDGEWOOD
MLS # 1403713
447 SHELBOURNE TER, RIDGEWOOD, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, COL
Beth Freed, Broker Associate
Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty-Ridgewoo
Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 2/9
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$1,175,000 in RIDGEWOOD
MLS # 1400092
197 LINCOLN AVE, RIDGEWOOD, NJ 07450
5 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, COL
Mary E. Soriano, Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker, Saddle River
Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 2/9
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$1,195,000 in RIDGEWOOD
MLS # 1402970
60 SHERWOOD RD, RIDGEWOOD, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 4 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, COL
Frances Ekblom, Sales Associate
Tarvin Realtors
Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. Sun. 2/9
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$1,400,000 in RIDGEWOOD
MLS # 1403356
546 HIGHLAND AVE, RIDGEWOOD, NJ 07450
5 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath,
2 Half Bath, COL
Marilyn Nuber, Sales Associate
Keller Williams Village Square Realty
Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 2/9
15

$1,695,000 in RIDGEWOOD
MLS # 1334489
335 MOUNTAIN AVE, RIDGEWOOD, NJ 07450
5 Bedroom, 4 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, COL
Joanne Delaney, Sales Associate
Frances Ekblom, Sales Associate
Tarvin Realtors
Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. Sun. 2/9
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Open Houses for Sun 3/2
$515,000 in RIDGEWOOD
MLS # 1403679
426 VAN BUREN ST, RIDGEWOOD, NJ 07450
3 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath, COL
Pam Christian, Sales Associate
Keller Williams Village Square Realty
Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 3/2
– See more at: http://www.njmls.com/NJ/BERGEN/RIDGEWOOD-open-houses#sthash.oZE46suH.wycZDU7f.dpuf