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Time to Farm Out Many Village of Ridgewood Services to the County

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Ridgewood NJ, many of the major proponents of the parking deck in the central business district are starting to have second thoughts. Realizing that taking a sizable debt load for a depreciating structure that requires systemic subsidy was not a smart idea.  A little late to do anything about the structure, like turf fields in flood zones and the Village Hall wreck-on-vacation another thing resident taxpayers will be stuck with forever .

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Village of Ridgewood Coronavirus Updates : Whats Working and Whats Not

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UPDATE ON COVID 19 (CORONAVIRUS) AND CLOSURE OF VILLAGE OFFICES AND DEPARTMENTS

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Ridgewood NJ, As of March 19, 2020, in Bergen County, there were an additional 80 new presumptive positives for those infected with coronavirus, which includes 3 Ridgewood residents confirmed and an overall total of 194-205 in Bergen County confirmed.  At this time, 75% of Bergen County municipalities have at least 1 confirmed case of coronavirus.  These numbers will continue to increase daily, now that there is additional testing available.

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Village Fees continue to Increase

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March 31,2015

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Hourly meter rates in all Village lots and streets are now $.50 per hour from 10AM to 6PM,
Monday through Saturday.

Ridgewood Nj,  First it was parking with hourly meter rates in all Village lots and streets jumping to $.50 per hour from 10AM to 6PM,Monday through Saturday.

Then there was an increase in Ridgewood Parking Permits provides ‘coinless’ with annual permits issued for a calendar year coasting residents $750.  RPP are issued to Non Residents at a fee of $1,500 and require parking in the Cottage Place or Rt. 17 Park & Ride Lots.

Now the Village is moving to increase Building Department Fees .At the March 25, 2015 Village Council Meeting the proposed Building Department Fees was discussed.

Whats next garage sales, parking tickets , keeping the tax increase flat add some layers of supervisors and the spend the reserve .
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Ridgewood continues its efforts to improve building department

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Ridgewood continues its efforts to improve building department

December 11, 2014    Last updated: Thursday, December 11, 2014, 5:01 PM By Laura Herzog

As part of an ongoing effort to make the Building Department more customer-friendly, new director Thomas Yotka will hold office hours for Ridgewood contractors and residents next week.

Yotka will be available between 5 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16 in the third floor conference room of Village Hall.

Residents are being asked to schedule an appointment.

According to a village press release, “This is an opportunity to meet Tom and share your thoughts and become aware of departmental initiatives for 2015.”

The sessions will be scheduled at 15-minute intervals. Though walk-ins are welcome, the schedule may already be booked, so residents are encouraged to make an appointment by calling the Building Department at 201-670-5500, ext. 506.

The meetings are “an effort to receive feedback, thoughts and suggestions from our customers, residents and local businesses,” Yotka said.

https://www.northjersey.com/news/efforts-to-boost-service-continue-1.1151335

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Reader says be careful what you wish for with changes to the building department

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Reader says be careful what you wish for with changes to the building department 

Change in leadership ,while many readers ecco this sentiment : Be honest, has any one who has ever dealt with him ever dealt with someone who is more ill-suited for his job? It is unbelievable that we allow this pale imitation of building inspector to hold the wealth and safety of the Village in his hands. I think that might be part of the reason that Valley and the apartment project developers figure that they can get away with what they want.

One reader points out ,The reason this municipality looks as good as it does from a conformity to zoning regulations/building code standpoint is because Tony Merlino gives a damn about his work.

Some may view him as a nitpicker who works too slow, but that is exactly the kind of guy I want watching what’s being built and who is building it.

Mark my words, if we replace Tony with someone who just rubber stamps anything put in front of him/her, this place will look like shit in a few years.

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