Village Council Public Meeting Minutes 20190911

A REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING OF THE VILLAGE COUNCIL OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD HELD IN THE SYDNEY V. STOLDT, JR. COURT ROOM OF THE RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE HALL, 131 NORTH MAPLE AVENUE, RIDGEWOOD, NEW JERSEY ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2019 AT 8:00 P.M.
 
1.CALL TO ORDER – OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT – ROLL CALL – FLAG     SALUTE
Mayor Hache called the meeting to order at 8:00 P.M. and read the Statement of Compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.  At roll call the following were present: Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache.  Also present were Heather Mailander, Village Manager/Village Clerk; and Matthew Rogers, Village Attorney. 
Mayor Hache led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag as well as in a Moment of Silence in solemn remembrance of the victims of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001 where their memories may forever live in our hearts. 
 
2.ACCEPTANCE OF FINANCIAL REPORTS
Mayor Hache moved the Bills, Claims, and Vouchers, and Statement of Funds on Hand as of August 31, 2019, be accepted as submitted.  Councilman Sedon seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES: Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
 
3.ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES
Mayor Hache moved that the Village Council minutes of August 14, 2019 having been reviewed by the Village Council and now available in the Village Clerk’s Office be approved as submitted.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES: Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None

4.PROCLAMATIONS
    A.FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
Councilwoman Knudsen read the following proclamation:
   B.GOLD STAR MOTHER’S DAY
Councilman Voigt read the following proclamation:
   C.NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WEEK
Councilwoman Walsh read the following proclamation:
   D.PROCLAIM SEPTEMBER NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH
Councilman Sedon read the following proclamation:
   E. WALKTOBERFEST
Mayor Hache read the following proclamation:
 
5.COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
Tom Schmidt, 326 Heights Road, stated that he has some concern over the way the Village Council is handling investment or economic opportunities for the Village.  He was referring specifically to last week’s vote denying the request from Kensington Assisted Living Facility to put their proposal forth to the Planning Board.  He thought it was curious that the Village Council wouldn’t want to have a more robust discussion on what appears to be a very positive economic development for the Village in a time of need.  It struck him as a strange discussion to deny that pathway to the Planning Board.
Mr. Schmidt stated that there is no assisted living facility in this town and there are many that struggle with the burden of helping elderly parents or relatives and it would dramatically ease that burden with this facility.  Kensington’s proposal is to put the assisted living facility on South Broad Street, which is a part of town that could dramatically use this investment and would probably spur others.  The assisted living facility would add to the tax base of this town without the burden of draining the school system.  It would have the need of 200+ employees, many of which would come from the Village.  They would need to engage with vendors and other service providers, which would increase foot traffic in restaurants and local businesses.  In addition, there is no need for public parking, as there is on-site parking.  Mr. Schmidt added that he believes some of the rooms could be counted towards the Village’s needs for affordable housing.  He stated that it struck him as an opportunity that would benefit this town, yet for some reason a fuller discussion appears to be denied and he was curious as to why that happened.  He asked if the Village Council would take another look at this project.
Jeannie Johnson, 225 Mastin Place, stated that she wanted to thank the Village Manager and the Village Council for honoring Walktoberfest.  The Ridgewood Walks Committee are humbled and grateful for the recognition.  Ridgewood Walks began and remains as a labor of love, to create a more connected and a more vibrant community.  They pour their hearts into this mission because they are grateful to live in this beautiful Village that is full of wonderful, caring people.  They want to provide opportunities for these kind souls to meet one another and learn more about this lovely place we call home. It has been an overwhelming joy to see families and friends explore the Village on foot.  Ridgewood Walks could not be a success without their countless volunteer ambassadors.  These ambitious folks take tremendous pride in escorting residents around on foot on free, guided, themed walking tours.
Ms. Johnson stated that their largest tour to date was a walk through Kings Pond which was led by Ellie Gruber.  This walk had 55 people, representing every generation, who showed up on a Sunday morning to a place many had never seen before or even knew existed.  Another tour was a craft tour through the Central Business District where a group of women visited the do-it-yourself shops.  In addition, the food and bar crawls are always a huge hit, thanks to the generous owners of the Village’s bars and restaurants.  She added that they have taken tours through municipal parks, municipal buildings, and historic sites.
Ms. Johnson stated that this October, Ridgewood Walks is dedicating their tours to the 125th anniversary of the Village of Ridgewood, and will provide tours of historic neighborhoods, the downtown, and the 13 sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  They hope residents will join them, and experience all of the wonders of the Village, and can find out more on their website RidgewoodWalks.com.  Tour options will be posted by September 30th.  In keeping with the 125th Anniversary, and on behalf of the Historical Society and the Woman’s Club of Ridgewood, they would like to use this opportunity to invite the Village Manager, Village Council, and the community at large to celebrate with them at their historic house tour.  The event will take place on Sunday, December 8th from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.   Promotional materials will be mailed out next week, and will be posted throughout town, on social media, and in the Ridgewood Guild magazine.
There were no additional comments from the public.
Councilwoman Knudsen stated that regarding the Kensington presentation, last week was not the first presentation by the Kensington, because they have done several presentations dating as far back as 2014 or 2015 for a location on North Walnut Street.  The Kensington had come forward to request that the property on South Broad Street be looked at as an area in need of redevelopment.  They also asked if the Village Council would look at a PILOT program, payment in lieu of taxes, so there are a lot of moving parts to this request.  It is important to keep in mind that the Village is in the process of a new Master Plan and that the Visioning Process is a collective vision of the community at large.  September 21st and September 28th they have the Visioning Workshops and this is a process where they look at planning and the future development of the Village.  There are a lot of moving parts and it’s not as simple as approving it.  It may have appeared that last week was a flippant response, but many of the Village Councilmembers had given it a significant amount of thought.
 
6.MANAGER’S REPORT
Ms. Mailander stated that 18 years ago on this date, Ridgewood lost 12 residents in the World Trade Center attack.  They have created a poster dedicated to each individual who was lost from Ridgewood on that day, pictures of them, their family, and a short statement about them.  She invited residents to view these posters in the Ridgewood Library Auditorium, which are on display every year for the month of September for the public to remember and reflect.
Ms. Mailander stated that the upcoming Village Council meetings are September 25th for the next Public Work Session at 7:30 P.M., October 2nd Public Work Session at 7:30 P.M., and Monday, October 7th for the next Public Meeting.
Ms. Mailander stated that last Saturday, the community and elected officials joined in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Hudson Street Parking Garage and she reminded everyone that the parking lot is closed during construction of the new garage.  Hudson Street itself will continue to be open to one way traffic with limited sidewalk availability.
Ms. Mailander stated that the Bergen County Utilities Authority sponsors free recycling events throughout the year, and the next household hazardous waste collection will take place on Saturday September 14th from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Bergen County Campgaw Reservation, 200 Campgaw Road, in Mahwah.  Items include aerosol cans, fluorescent lightbulbs, paint and varnishes, propane, gas cylinders, and this event is rain or shine and requires proof of Bergen County residency.
Sunday, September 15th is the Fall Art, Craft, and Food Street Fair on East Ridgewood Avenue.  There are 175 vendors of arts and crafts, kids activities, great food, and all day entertainment.  The event benefits the Ridgewood Recreation Department and runs from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., rain or shine.
Ms. Mailander stated that the Mayors Wellness Festival will be held Sunday, September 22nd from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square.  New this year is a healthy food court and picnic area.  If you are interested in being a vendor, contact the Health Department for further details.
The Mobile Shredding Event is Saturday, September 28th, 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. in the Graydon Pool parking lot, rain or shine.  Place your items for shredding in a paper bag or cardboard box, no plastic bags will be accepted.  Ms. Mailander stated that each car is limited to five file size boxes.  This event is sponsored by Ridgewood Recycling and is free to all Village residents.
Ms. Mailander stated that the Village sold three surplus items on GovDeals, which included discarded parking meter heads for scrap metal, the ten year old senior bus, and old hot box used for paving.  The total revenue was $18,229.
Ms. Mailander stated that Gold Star Mother’s Day will be celebrated by American Legion Post #53 on Sunday, September 29th in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square at dusk.  The Village calendar indicated this even would be held on September 22nd, but this is incorrect.  This event celebrates the courageous mothers of those who protect all of us by volunteering to serve in our military.
The Bergen County Board of Elections is looking for poll workers to work the November 5th General Election from 5:30 A.M. to 8:30 P.M. in Ridgewood.  A poll worker must be 18 years old, a Bergen County resident, registered to vote, and must attend a two hour training class.  The pay is $200 for the day.  Those interested, should call the Bergen County Board of Elections.
 
7.COUNCIL REPORTS
Shade Tree Commission – Councilman Sedon stated that the Shade Tree Commission met last night and there were two paperbark maples that were relocated from the garage site on Hudson Street to the entrance to where the tunnel comes up on the west side of the train station.  That move was a success as the trees look beautiful there and the trees are a great addition to the redesigned parking lot.  Momentum and support for trees has vanished, so last year there was $50,000 appropriated to plant trees and for some reason they never got planted.  That money was re-appropriated to do a tree inventory within the Village, which will be a benefit.  There was money for trees in the paving budget, but asphalt came in too expensive and that money disappeared.  He added that he would really like to see that trees become a priority again.  Councilman Sedon stated that a good point was brought up at the meeting that the Village throws around six figure numbers for vehicles like it’s no problem, and $100,000 would go an exceedingly long way in helping to rehabilitate and replace the Village’s tree canopy.
Councilman Sedon stated that the previous Director of Parks and Recreation, Tim Cronin, was extremely helpful in the Shade Tree Commission’s efforts to plant trees and everything seemed to be in an upward trajectory.  However, since Mr. Cronin’s retirement, that momentum seems to have retired with him.  Councilman Sedon added that he would like to see trees become a priority and to get the tree inventory done.
Ms. Mailander stated that they did find approximately $45,000 in the budget to allocate towards the planting of trees.  Section B is the section that is getting trees this year, so that should go a fairly long way.  Councilman Sedon stated that was great, but the Village takes down close to 200 trees a year through sidewalk replacements and maintenance.  Although in prior years they were breaking even with the number of trees planted, the Village hasn’t caught up from the two hurricanes in previous years.  He added that this budget season will be critical for the health of our tree canopy.
Councilwoman Knudsen added that trees are a priority and that they should make this a priority because it increases the value of homes, makes our community more appealing, and actually keeps crime down.
July Fourth Committee – Councilwoman Knudsen stated that the July Fourth Committee met Monday evening and are making plans for July 4, 2020.  They are working on some theme ideas, and if anyone has ideas please email them to her.
Ridgewood Arts Council – Councilwoman Knudsen stated that the Ridgewood Arts Council met Tuesday evening.  A decision was made to continue quarterly artist talks and to continue the holiday window display contest.  They will be working with some of the vacant locations to see which landlords will let them place holiday displays in those locations.  It is a way to make the Village look more festive.  They will also look at more options to continue window displays throughout the year in vacant locations and will perhaps coordinate this with the CBD Advisory Committee.  They are also looking into doing a collaborative art display with Stigma Free and Community Access Network and some local art therapists to do some special needs art display in Village Hall.
Planning Board Master Plan Subcommittee – Councilwoman Knudsen stated that the Visioning Workshops are September 21st and 28th in the Annie Zusy Community Center from 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.  She added that this is really an important part of the future of the Village of Ridgewood.  This is the core of the planning and how the community collectively sees the vision that they have for the Village 30 to 50 years from now, and the Ridgewood that we will leave to future generations.  There were over 2,400 people who participated in the survey, and over 2,100 were usable.  The more people who attend, the better.
Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) – Councilwoman Knudsen stated that HPC meets tomorrow night with a full agenda at 8:00 P.M.
Library Board – Councilwoman Walsh stated that the Library Board was off for the month of August, so their next meeting is next Tuesday.
Chamber of Commerce – Councilwoman Walsh thanked everyone for coming to the Car Show.  There was a tiny bit of rain but it was a successful event and they are hoping next year there will be full sun and a lot more cars.
Mayor Hache thanked the Chamber of Commerce and Tom Hillman, for putting together the Car Show, as it is a tremendous amount of work.  The winner of the Mayors Trophy was a 1960 Corvette owned by a Ridgewood resident.
Citizen Safety Advisory Committee (CSAC) – Councilman Voigt stated that the CSAC will be meeting next Thursday at 7:30 P.M.
Coffee with the Council – Councilman Voigt stated that they had Coffee with the Council this past Saturday, and the entire Village Council was there.  It was very well attended by some new residents and it was nice to meet them.
Hudson Street Parking Garage Groundbreaking – Mayor Hache stated that the Hudson Street Garage groundbreaking ceremony was a very special event which could be sensed from the comments made by members of the Village Council and those who were in attendance.  The main thing that makes it even more special is how the community came together to get to this point.  He added that he is proud of the work that the Village Council has done, to get this project started.
Ridgewood Guild Music Fest – Mayor Hache stated that Music Fest was a great day in the downtown with wonderful musical acts throughout the day and there was a tremendous amount of support from local businesses, bringing the arts into the Central Business District.
Memorial Service – Mayor Hache thanked Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for a wonderful memorial service for September 11, 2001.  He was at the World Trade Center site today and it brings it all back.  It is important for us to always remember and to help the families continue paying respects to their loved ones.
Grand Openings – Mayor Hache stated that tomorrow is the grand opening of Table at Latona’s next to Haagen Daz.  On September 21st Apricot Lane, a women’s boutique, will be having its Grand Opening.
 
8.ORDINANCES – RIDGEWOOD WATER
None.
 
9.RESOLUTIONS – RIDGEWOOD WATER
THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS, NUMBERED 19-285 THROUGH 19-294, WERE ADOPTED BY A CONSENT AGENDA WITH ONE VOTE BY THE VILLAGE COUNCIL, AND WERE READ BY TITLE ONLY:
 
10.ORDINANCES
  a.INTRODUCTION - #3746 – Bond Ordinance – Zabriskie-Schedler House – Phase III
Mayor Hache moved the first reading of ordinance 3746.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES: Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
The Village Clerk read ordinance 3746 by title:
BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO ZABRISKIE-SCHEDLER HOUSE PHASE III IN AND BY THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING $158,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $78,000 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE VILLAGE TO FINANCE PART OF THE COST THEREOF.
 
Councilman Sedon moved that ordinance 3746 be adopted on first reading and that September 25, 2019 be fixed as the date for the hearing thereon.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion. 
Before voting, Councilman Voigt stated that he was for renovating the building but not on the backs of residents.  If they had outside revenues and a plan for the funding, he would be in favor of it, but because of the lack of revenues and a plan, he was voting no.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:Councilman Voigt
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
  b.INTRODUCTION - #3747 – Amend Chapter 265 – Vehicles and Traffic
Mayor Hache moved the first reading of ordinance 3747.  Councilman Voigt seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES: Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
The Village Clerk read ordinance 3747 by title:
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 265 OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC, AT SECTION 265-59, SCHEDULE IX: “STOP INTERSECTIONS” AND AT SECTION 265-60, SCHEDULE X: “YIELD INTERSECTIONS”
 
Councilwoman Walsh moved that ordinance 3747 be adopted on first reading and that October 7, 2019 be fixed as the date for the hearing thereon.  Councilman Voigt seconded the motion. 
Roll Call Vote
AYES: Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
  c.INTRODUCTION - #3748 – Amend Chapter 190 – Land Use and Development - Driveways
Mayor Hache moved the first reading of ordinance 3748.  Councilman Sedon seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
The Village Clerk read ordinance 3748 by title:
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 190 OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD AT SECTION 190-121G TO REQUIRE DRIVEWAYS ON LOTS WHERE A GARAGE EXISTS AND REQUIRE THAT THE DRIVEWAY EXTENDS TO CONNECT COMPLETELY TO THE GARAGE
 
Councilman Voigt moved that ordinance 3748 be adopted on first reading and that October 7, 2019 be fixed as the date for the hearing thereon.  Councilman Sedon seconded the motion. 
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
  d.INTRODUCTION - #3749 – Establish Reserved Parking Spaces at Train Station Parking Lot – NJ Transit and Concession Stand/Social Service Association
Mayor Hache moved the first reading of ordinance 3749.  Councilman Voigt seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN:None
The Village Clerk read ordinance 3749 by title:
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 265 OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC, AT SECTION 265-42, “RESERVED PARKING SPACES”
 
Councilman Sedon moved that ordinance 3749 be adopted on first reading and that October 7, 2019 be fixed as the date for the hearing thereon.  Councilman Voigt seconded the motion. 
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
  e.PUBLIC HEARING - #3735 – Amend Chapter 265 – Vehicles and Traffic – Time Limit Parking on Monte Vista, Park Slope, Madison Place and North Hillside Place
Mayor Hache moved the reading of ordinance 3735 by title on second reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
The Village Clerk read ordinance 3735 by title:
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 265 OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC, AT SECTION 265-69, “TIME LIMIT PARKING”
Mayor Hache stated that the Public Hearing was opened.  There were no comments from the public, and Mayor Hache moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.  
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN:None
Councilman Sedon moved that ordinance 3735 be adopted on second reading and final publication as required by law.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN:None
  f.PUBLIC HEARING - #3736 – Amend Chapter 145 – Fees – Fire Prevention Fees
Mayor Hache moved the reading of ordinance 3736 by title on second reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Councilman Voigt seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
The Village Clerk read ordinance 3736 by title:
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 145 OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, FEES, AT SECTION 145-6, “FEES RELATED TO CODE CHAPTERS”
Mayor Hache stated that the Public Hearing was opened.  There were no comments from the public, and Mayor Hache moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Councilman Voigt seconded the motion.  
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
Councilwoman Walsh moved that ordinance 3736 be adopted on second reading and final publication as required by law.  Councilman Voigt seconded the motion.
  g.PUBLIC HEARING - #3737 – Amend Various Salary Ordinances
Mayor Hache moved the reading of ordinance 3737 by title on second reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Councilman Sedon seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
The Village Clerk read ordinance 3737 by title:
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SALARY ORDINANCE 3608 FIXING THE SALARIES, WAGES AND OTHER COMPENSATION FOR WHITE COLLAR EMPLOYEES; AND TO AMEND SALARY ORDINANCE 3607 FIXING SALARIES, WAGES AND OTHER COMPENSATION OF AND FOR THE BLUE COLLAR EMPLOYEES; AND TO AMEND SALARY ORDINANCE 3618 FIXING SALARIES, WAGES AND OTHER COMPENSATION OF AND FOR THE SUPERVISORY EMPLOYEES; AND TO AMEND SALARY ORDINANCE 3679, FIXING SALARIES, WAGES AND OTHER COMPENSATION AND TO ESTABLISH THE “EMPLOYEE AGREEMENT” OF CERTAIN NON-UNION OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES; AND TO AMEND SALARY ORDINANCE 3680, FIXING SALARIES, WAGES, AND OTHER COMPENSATION AND TO ESTABLISH THE “EMPLOYEE AGREEMENT” OF CERTAIN NON-UNION EMPLOYEES OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, COUNTY OF BERGEN AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY
Mayor Hache stated that the Public Hearing was opened.  There were no comments from the public, and Mayor Hache moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Councilman Sedon seconded the motion.  
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN:None
Councilman Voigt moved that ordinance 3737 be adopted on second reading and final publication as required by law.  Councilman Sedon seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
  h.PUBLIC HEARING - #3738 – Amend Chapter 212 – Tennis Courts – Rules and Regulations
Mayor Hache moved the reading of ordinance 3738 by title on second reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
The Village Clerk read ordinance 3738 by title:
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 212 OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, SECTION 212, PARKS AND RECREATION AREAS, ARTICLE VII, RULES AND REGULATIONS, SECTION 212-27 TENNIS COURTS
Mayor Hache stated that the Public Hearing was opened.  There were no comments from the public, and Mayor Hache moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.  
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN:None
Councilman Voigt moved that ordinance 3738 be adopted on second reading and final publication as required by law.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN:None
  i.PUBLIC HEARING - #3739 – Amend Chapter 18 – Environmental Advisory Committee – Name Change and Establish Membership
Mayor Hache moved the reading of ordinance 3739 by title on second reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Councilman Sedon seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
The Village Clerk read ordinance 3739 by title:
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 18 OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AT SECTION 18-1 ESTABLISHMENT, SECTION 18-4 COMPOSITION AND SECTION 18-5 EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, MEMBERSHIP IN STATE ASSOCIATION
Mayor Hache stated that the Public Hearing was opened.  There were no comments from the public, and Mayor Hache moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Councilman Sedon seconded the motion.  
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
Councilwoman Walsh moved that ordinance 3739 be adopted on second reading and final publication as required by law.  Councilman Sedon seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
  j.PUBLIC HEARING - #3740 – Amend Chapter 26 – Green Team
Mayor Hache moved the reading of ordinance 3740 by title on second reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Councilman Sedon seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
The Village Clerk read ordinance 3740 by title:
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 18 OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, GREEN TEAM, AT SECTION 26-1 ESTABLISHMENT, SECTION 26-2 PURPOSE AND SECTION 26-3 MEMBERSHIP
Mayor Hache stated that the Public Hearing was opened.  There were no comments from the public, and Mayor Hache moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Councilman Sedon seconded the motion.  
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
Councilwoman Walsh moved that ordinance 3740 be adopted on second reading and final publication as required by law.  Councilman Sedon seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN:None
  k.PUBLIC HEARING - #3741 – Amend Chapter 190 – Signs – Regulations for Window Displays in the Business District
Mayor Hache moved the reading of ordinance 3741 by title on second reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Councilman Voigt seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
The Village Clerk read ordinance 3741 by title:
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 190 OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD AT SECTION 122 (E) ENTITLED “SIGNS IN THE B-1, B-2 AND C” DISTRICTS, TO CREATE A NEW SUBSECTION 190-122 E
(7) ENTITLED “WINDOW SIGNS”, AND NEW SUBSECTION 190-122 E (8) ENTITLED “WINDOW DISPLAYS”, AND AMEND SECTION 190-3 ENTITLED “DEFINITIONS” AS IT PERTAINS TO “SIGN”, AND CREATE NEW DEFINITIONS IN SECTION 190-3 FOR “WINDOW AREA”, “WINDOW SIGN”, AND “WINDOW DISPLAY”
Mayor Hache stated that the Planning Board has recommended that there be some amendments made to this ordinance.  The first amendment is the title, which should read as follows: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 190 OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD AT SECTION 190-3 ENTITLED “DEFINITIONS” TO CREATE NEW DEFINITIONS FOR “WINDOW AREA”, “WINDOW SIGN” AND “WINDOW DISPLAY” AND TO AMEND THE DEFINITION OF “SIGN”, AND TO AMEND CHAPTER 190 OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD AT SECTION 122 E. ENTITLED “SIGNS IN THE B-1, B-2, AND C DISTRICTS” TO CREATE A NEW SUBSECTION 190-122 E. (7) ENTITLED “WINDOW DISPLAYS”, AND TO AMEND SUBSECTION 190-122 E. (2) (d). In addition, on Page 2, Section 190-3, the wording of “Signs – Any device” shall be changed to “Sign – Any device”. Finally, brackets shall be added to numbers 1-5 in the new Section 190-122 E. (2) (d).  The Village Attorney has indicated that these are not substantive changes, so the Public Hearing on Ordinance #3741, with the amendments, will be held this evening.
Councilman Sedon moved that Ordinance 3741 be amended as delineated by Mayor Hache.  Councilman Voigt seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
Mayor Hache stated that the Public Hearing was open on Ordinance 3741, as amended.  There were no comments from the public, and Mayor Hache moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Councilman Voigt seconded the motion.  
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
Councilman Sedon moved that ordinance 3741, as amended, be adopted on second reading and final publication as required by law.  Councilman Voigt seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
  l.PUBLIC HEARING - #3742 – Amend Chapter 154 – Flood Damage Prevention
Mayor Hache moved the reading of ordinance 3742 by title on second reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
The Village Clerk read ordinance 3742 by title:
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 154 OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION
Mayor Hache stated that the Public Hearing was opened.  There were no comments from the public, and Mayor Hache moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.  
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
Councilman Voigt moved that ordinance 3742 be adopted on second reading and final publication as required by law.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
  m.PUBLIC HEARING - #3745 – Establish Loading Zone at Train Station Parking Lot
Mayor Hache moved the reading of ordinance 3745 by title on second reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Councilman Sedon seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
The Village Clerk read ordinance 3745 by title:
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 265 OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC, AT SECTION 265-72, SCHEDULE XXII “LOADING ZONES”
Mayor Hache stated that the Public Hearing was opened.  There were no comments from the public, and Mayor Hache moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Councilman Sedon seconded the motion.  
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
Councilman Voigt moved that ordinance 3745 be adopted on second reading and final publication as required by law.  Councilman Sedon seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
  n. CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING - #3730 – Amend Chapter 190 – Land Use and Development – Swimming Pools
Mayor Hache moved the reading of ordinance 3730 by title on third reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
The Village Clerk read ordinance 3730 by title:
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 190 OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT, TO REMOVE REFERENCES TO CHAPTER 251, SWIMMING POOLS
Mayor Hache stated that the hearing on ordinance 3730 was continued to this evening’s meeting because the newspaper made an error in the legal ad and did not publish the ordinance in full, as required by law.  The ordinance has now been published in full, along with the continued Public Hearing date.  Mayor Hache stated that the Public Hearing on Ordinance 3730 is now continued.  Councilwoman Knudsen seconded the motion.  
Boyd Loving, 342 South Irving Street, stated that he didn’t know what the ordinance was all about other than it has something to do with fences and swimming pools, but he wanted to express to the Village Council that this might provide a loophole.  As he understands it, currently the local ordinance permits the owners who have swimming pools to have fences as high as six feet around their property.  What he has noticed in several swimming pool installations in the Village is that there are some people who choose to have a fence around the pool itself and then have a six foot fence around the property.  Mr. Loving stated that he didn’t think that should be permitted.  If there is a fence around the pool itself, there shouldn’t be another fence permitted around the entire property.  He added that he wasn’t sure if this ordinance would further facilitate that or would make it more difficult to do that, but he wanted to express his concern that the removal of this from the local ordinance, which would then be covered by the State regulations only, he wasn’t sure what was going to happen.
Councilwoman Knudsen stated that over a year ago, the Village Council changed that ordinance so that a six foot fence was no longer permitted in the front yard.  Ordinance 3730 removes the reference the Chapter 251 because this chapter does not pertain to swimming pools.  She added that this was a housekeeping item, and they were going to revisit the fence ordinance in the future to clean it up a bit more.
Mr. Rogers agreed that ordinance 3730 removes any reference to swimming pools in Chapter 251, and the effort here is not to do anything other than to make the code more cohesive.  It has to do with the enforcement of what the intent is of the ordinance.  It won’t give anybody an opportunity to put a smaller fence around the pool and a larger fence around the property.
Councilwoman Knudsen stated that they would add the issue that Mr. Loving raised to the Planning Board agenda, and have the Planner look at what the Village has done in the past, so that the new fence ordinance is clear and it prevents a six foot fence around the property.  There were no additional comments from the public and Mayor Hache moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
Councilman Voigt moved that ordinance 3730 be adopted on third reading and final publication as required by law.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES: Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
   o.CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING - #3734 – Establish Reserved Parking Spaces at Train Station Parking Lot – NJ Transit and Concession Stand/Social Service Association
Mayor Hache moved the reading of ordinance 3734 by title on third reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Councilman Sedon seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
The Village Clerk read ordinance 3734 by title:
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 265 OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC, AT SECTION 265-42, “RESERVED PARKING SPACES”
Mayor Hache stated that the hearing on ordinance 3734 was continued to this evening’s meeting so that the actual hours of the NJ Transit ticket booth employee and the hours of the concession stand/Social Services Association employees could be determined.  The actual hours for these individuals are different than those stated in ordinance 3734, and the Village Attorney has indicated that this is a substantive change.  Therefore, ordinance 3734 will be defeated this evening.  Ordinance 3749, introduced this evening is the same ordinance, with the corrected hours for the individuals using the reserved parking spaces.  Even though ordinance 3734 will be defeated, the Public Hearing on this ordinance was advertised for this evening, so anyone wishing to comment on this ordinance may do so at this time.  Mayor Hache stated that the Public Hearing on Ordinance 3734 was continued.  There were no comments from the public, and Mayor Hache moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Councilman Sedon seconded the motion.  
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS:None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
Councilwoman Walsh moved that ordinance 3734 be defeated.  Councilman Sedon seconded the motion.  Ms. Mailander stated that an “Aye” vote is to defeat the ordinance.
Roll Call Vote
AYES:Councilmembers Knudsen, Sedon, Voigt, Walsh, and Mayor Hache
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None
Councilwoman Knudsen asked if it was ever determined if the insurance for the vehicle that caused the damage to the taxi stand would cover the damage.  Ms. Mailander stated that the Village would be getting $5,000, which will cover only the architect’s fees.
 
11.RESOLUTIONS
THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS, NUMBERED 19-295 THROUGH 19-317, WERE ADOPTED BY A CONSENT AGENDA WITH ONE VOTE BY THE VILLAGE COUNCIL, AND WERE READ BY TITLE ONLY:
THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS, NUMBERED 19-318 THROUGH 19-319, WERE CONSIDERED SEPARATELY AND READ IN FULL:
Before casting his vote on Resolution 19-318, Councilman Voigt stated the he was in favor of the restoration of the building, but not on the backs of our residents.  There is also no plan for how the Village was going to use the building so he was voting no.
Regarding Resolution 19-319, Councilwoman Walsh stated that she thinks that the public needs more information on this proposed project.  She felt like she didn’t have all of the information, and in the pre-meeting this evening, the Village Manager said that she was going to get Councilwoman Walsh information that she doesn’t recall getting on this proposed project.  She was concerned that the Mayor and Council in Glen Rock have not been informed of the Village’s plans for the Police shooting range, as the property is located in Glen Rock.  Councilwoman Walsh also doesn’t have any cost estimates and she knows there is a number floating around of $5 million.  She added that she thought that the only partner in this was Glen Rock and she was left to believe this evening that there were multiple municipalities who may partner with the Village.  Councilwoman Walsh stated that she felt like there wasn’t enough information that has been provided for her to be able to vote this forward.  There also is a portion of this that she has to recuse herself from because it entails something that is part of negotiations with the Village for other things.
Ms. Mailander stated that this $10,000 is to get a preliminary plan that would allow the Village to have a draft layout of the Police shooting range and a true cost estimate.  Councilwoman Walsh asked if the cost estimate was to build it.  Ms. Mailander stated that it was to build.  Councilman Voigt asked if it would then be presented to the public.  Ms. Mailander stated once the architect is finished with the draft plans, it will be discussed at a Work Session.  At that time they can approach Glen Rock with a cost for the Police shooting range, and see if they are interested in partnering with the Village.  They can then move forward from there, depending on Glen Rock’s decision.  Councilwoman Walsh stated that she felt strongly that the residents of Glen Rock should be part of the discussion because the facility is a Ridgewood owned property, but it is located in Glen Rock.  She added that they all watched what happened in Ramsey with a proposed shooting range.  She believes there will be an outpouring of concern on this Police shooting range as well, and she felt it was important that the information be put out there.
Councilwoman Knudsen added that she felt it was important that they all are mindful to what erupted in Ramsey is very different from what they are discussing here tonight.  It is a comparison that cannot reasonably be made, as the proposal in Ramsey was for a private shooting range and a bar, while Ridgewood’s Police shooting range is a training facility for our law enforcement professionals.  They are trying to find locations and the officers really do need to train.  This was previously approved and this is just the award of contract, which was discussed previously and at length and there are emails from the Village Manager regarding some of the details.
Mayor Hache added that he agreed that they need to have a much more open discussion with the public and involve the citizens of Glen Rock, but the Village cannot move forward without having something to present to Glen Rock.  In order for this to make even more sense in the perspective of offsetting the cost, they want to have participation from other municipalities that can come in as partners and help lighten the financial burden.
Councilwoman Knudsen stated that she was under the impression that there may be grant money and other funding that would be available for this project as well, so this is an important step that they have to take. Councilman Voigt stated that he was in agreement that they needed to provide information to Glen Rock, but the only way they could do that was to approve this project for a draft layout and cost estimate and then the Village can provide the information to Glen Rock and other municipalities.  Therefore, he was okay with moving forward.  Councilman Sedon stated that he was also in agreement as having a design and a cost will help to facilitate the conversation.  He also said that there have been a lot of plans made up for things in the Village, so this is just part of the process, before it is brought for discussion to the public.
 
12.COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
Ellie Gruber, 229 South Irving Street, thanked Councilman Sedon for speaking about the trees.  She added that she was sending an email to the Village Council that the downtown looks disgraceful, as half of the trees are dead and the other half are not planted correctly.  The Village spends money on trees in the CBD, and the store owners don’t take care of them, which is disgraceful.  She feels that somehow, the Village Council has to give some importance to trees.  She added that she was going to suggest that the store owners, who are responsible for sidewalks and other things, should have their feet put to the fire and pay a little for tree maintenance.  Ms. Gruber stated that if they added up every tree that has been planted and has not survived; it would be in the thousands of dollars.
Ms. Gruber stated that she thinks that the municipal budget is a bargain for what residents receive, and the public has to understand that the municipal budget is a small part of what is paid in taxes.  The Open Space tax was overwhelmingly voted yes because people want greenery and trees.  We need trees and the Parks Department has the park trees and the street trees, but the CBD is disgraceful and the storeowners should be accountable to do some of the maintenance.  She suggested that the Shade Tree Chair should find the correct way to plant the trees, because other towns have street trees which survive, so they have found a way.  Ms. Gruber suggested that the Village Council should walk downtown and really look at the trees, as it’s disgraceful.
Boyd Loving, 342 South Irving Street, stated that he appreciated the comments made by Councilwoman Knudsen to have the Planning Board take another look at the fence situation as it seems ridiculous to him that someone has a swimming pool that takes up an eighth of their yard but the entire backyard is surrounded by a six foot high stockade fence.  This ruins the landscape, particularly if the pool already has a six foot high fence.  He suggested the Planning Board come up with some sort of alternative, so that they can prevent this outpouring of six foot high fences, which can’t be seen through, which then ruins the landscape.
Mr. Loving stated that he was concerned about the accident that happened at the taxi stand at the Train Station, where a car ran into it.  He asked if the Village Manager could clarify what was said regarding insurance, as it seems odd to him that the insurance of the person driving the car isn’t going to cover the amount, which means it now becomes an expense that the taxpayers have to bear.  He added that he would imagine that if it’s $5,000 for the architectural fee for the taxi stand repair, then the cost to repair the taxi stand is going to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.  He asked for clarification.
Ms. Mailander stated that the $5,000 the Village is getting from the insurance company, is from the driver’s insurance.  After that, the actual repair to the taxi stand is going to be additional money that the Village will probably not get reimbursed for through insurance.  The reason for this is that the driver is in his mid-eighties and does not have additional money, according to the JIF claims representative.
Mayor Hache thanked Ms. Gruber for bringing up the importance of trees and for Councilman Sedon bringing up what the Village needs to do, but he thinks there are two other projects when talking about the trees in the CBD.  They have had plenty of presentation from Shade Tree talking about how the design of the tree wells is not conducive for the health and vitality of the trees, so for them to urge anyone to plant trees it’s not going to give the trees a chance to thrive and survive.   A project needs to happen to remove the brick bands and the faulty design for the tree wells.  He added that Ridgewood isn’t the only location with trees, and trees in other municipalities are thriving, but that is a bigger project for the Village.  Mayor Hache stated that the bigger discussion is the brick bands and what they are going to do to remediate the tree wells.
There were no additional comments from the public, and Mayor Hache closed public comment.
 
13.ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business to come before the Village Council, on a motion by Councilman Sedon, seconded by Councilwoman Walsh, and carried unanimously by voice vote, the Village Council’s Regular Public Meeting was adjourned at 9:20 P.M.
 
 

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      Ramon M. Hache, Sr.                        
              Mayor    
 
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         Heather A. Mailander
      Village Manager/Village Clerk
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