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VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 8:00 P.M.

Village of Ridgewood Regular Public Meeting

VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD
VILLAGE COUNCIL
REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING
SEPTEMBER 9, 2020
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

  1. Fire Prevention Week
  2. Gold Star Mother’s Day
  3. National Breast Cancer Awareness Week
  4. Proclaim September National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
  5. Recognize Ridgewood Green Businesses

 

Pursuant to Chapter 3-19 of the Code of the Village of Ridgewood, Manner of Addressing Council, and Chapter

3-20, Decorum, the Village Council meetings shall be conducted in the following manner:

 

Manner of Addressing Council

Persons other than Council members may be permitted to address the Council in the proper order of business. A person present may, upon recognition by the Chair, be heard either upon ordinances upon second reading or at the time of petitions and oral communications from the public and at such other times as the Council may, by majority vote of those present, specifically permit. No person shall address any remark or question to any specific Council member, nor shall any person be permitted to address the Chair while a motion is pending. A Council member may, through the Chair, respond to any communication or address received pursuant to this section.

Decorum

Any person who shall disturb the peace of the Council, make impertinent or slanderous remarks or conduct himself in a boisterous manner while addressing the Council shall be forthwith barred by the presiding officer from further audience before the Council, except that if the speaker shall submit to proper order under these rules, permission for him to continue may be granted by a majority vote of the Council.

8.  Comments from the Public (Not to exceed 3              minutes per person – 40 minutes in total)

9.   Village Manager’s Report

10.  Village Council Reports

11.  ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION – RIDGEWOOD WATER

NONE

12.  ORDINANCES – PUBLIC HEARING – RIDGEWOOD WATER

NONE

13.  RESOLUTIONS – RIDGEWOOD WATER

20-252    Award Contract – Roof Repairs to Various                Ridgewood Water Facilities

20-253    Title 59 Approval – Water Main Replacement –           Jefferson Street and Salem Lane

20-254    Award Contract – Water Main Replacement –               Jefferson Street and Salem Lane

20-255    Award Professional Services Contract –                 Preliminary Design Services for PFAS                   Treatment and Associated     Projects

20-256    Award Professional Services Contract – Risk             Resilience Assessment and Emergency Response            Plan

14.  ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION

NONE

15.  ORDINANCES – PUBLIC HEARING

3808 – Amend Chapter 265 – Vehicles and Traffic –              Placement of Stop Signs in Hudson Street Garage  

3809 – Amend Village Code to Allow Additional Village          Employees to Perform General Code Enforcement           Duties

3810 – Amend Chapter 190 – Land Use and Development –          Allow Accessible Ramps on One-Family and Two-        Family Dwellings to be Reviewed by the Site Plan       Exemption Committee

3811 – Bond Ordinance – General Capital ($290,000)

3812 – Bond Ordinance – Supplemental Appropriation for        Front End Loader ($40,000)

3813 – Bond Ordinance – Circle Avenue Drainage                 Improvements (NTE $362,000)

16.  RESOLUTIONS

20-257    Award Contract – Purchase of 2021 Ford Escape           – Police Department

20-258    Award Contract – Additional Award – Disposal            of Yard Waste

20-259    Award Contract – Hudson Street Lots –                  Additional Environmental Technical Support             for Project Closeout

20-260    Award Contract – Compressor Breathing Air              Filling System

20-261    Title 59 Approval – Tree Planting – Area D             and      Various Locations

20-262    Award Partial Contract – Tree Planting – Area           D and Various Locations

20-263    Award Partial Contract – Tree Planting – Area           D and Various Locations

20-264    Award Partial Contract – Tree Planting – Area           D and Various Locations

20-265    Award Contract Under Sourcewell Cooperative             Purchasing Program – On-line Auction Services           for Surplus Property

20-266    Authorize Change Order – Renovation and                Upgrades – Graydon Pool Bathrooms

20-267    Authorize Joining Omnia Partners Public                Sector Cooperative Purchasing Program

20-268    Declare Property Surplus – Seized Vehicle

17.  Comments from the Public (Not to Exceed 5 minutes per person)

18.  Resolution to go into Closed Session

19.  Closed Session

20.  Adjournment

 

11 thoughts on “VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 8:00 P.M.

  1. More new 2022 police SUVS…

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  2. Correct me if I am wrong. Now that the question of moving the elections will be on the ballot, the village council cannot speak publicly about this. I ask because at the last meeting the mayor promised that she would refute the claims of One Village One Vote at this meeting. I remember a similar debacle when the parking garage was up for a vote and former council members campaigned for residents to vote “yes”.

    Anyone have insight?

    1. its simple if you vote for consolidation it means NO $115 MILLION SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE

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  3. If the school election is switched to NOV. the public will NO longer be able to VOTE ON THE BUDGET. They will only be able to vote on the candidates.
    If the ability to vote in a school election vote remains in APRIL the public will be ABLE TO VOTE ON THE BUDGET and the candidates.

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  4. Perhaps moving the elections to November will give us the opportunity to vote on well-qualified candidates who will make smart decisions on municipal and school spending. It’s called representative government. That’s not at all what we have right now. Special interest groups have taken over our local government bodies and it’s not a pretty pitcure.

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    1. you mean like Paul Aronsohn ?

  5. The Village Council filed an appeal on September 3rd. I for one don’t believe the Village Manager did anything wrong when she didn’t certify the amended petition based on her reputation and that she is a rule follower. One Village One Vote (OVOV) should be renamed One Village No Vote ( OVNV) as it takes away our ability to vote on the school budget. There are ways to reduce election costs that would allow us to keep the vote on the school budget which is approx. 2/3 of the overall municipal tax levy. Many people who signed their petition are not aware of this. One Village One Vote did everything to keep that part of their mission out of any of their posts on their website or in the public discourse.

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  6. I want the school vote. That doesn’t mean that we suppress the right of the citizenry to vote on a referendum. The Village has overplayed their hand big time. They should put it on the ballot, it will get voted down, and we move on. Playing games will just get them all kicked out come the next election.

  7. What if the petition was rejected for legitimate reasons? What if One Village One Vote submitted their petition one month earlier giving time for a possible different outcome? What if the Village Council’s appeal gets the requested stay? We just don’t know enough . Hopefully we’ll no more soon.

  8. Moving the school board election to November would not alter the public’s ability to vote for the best board candidates, which would happen whenever the election was held. It would in fact improve nothing and serve only to remove residents’ ability to approve or disapprove of the proposed budget. Our school budgets have become bizarrely bloated and represent moneys that are not appropriate for the size of the town. We deserve the right to vote for or against them.

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  9. ‘Bloated’? You are living in the fantasy of a Village from another time. Ridgewood Public Schools have higher enrollment than every other village, borough, town, or city in Bergen County. The Ridgewood Public Schools educate students at a cost per student that is lower than most other school districts across the state. Face it people move to Ridgewood because of the great schools, and that my friend is a good thing for all of us! ‘Bloated’ Is not accurate.

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