Absent: Vice Chair Dave Sayles and William Riker
Appointments Frank Mortimer was welcomed to the PRC Board tonight. He is known as the “Bee Master” of Ridgewood. He is a Certified Master Beekeeper, which he obtained through Cornell University. Frank Mortimer worked together with N. Bigos to have Ridgewood endorsed as a Bee City, USA affiliate. He currently works in college publishing and is President of the Northeast New Jersey Beekeepers Association.
Ridgewood N. Bigos gave each member of the PRC one of the cards circulated by Age Friendly Ridgewood throughout the community to inform everyone who and what they are to the Village of Ridgewood. The survey is aimed at the needs of adults 55 and over, focusing on housing, transportation, safety, health and medical services, community support and services. They wish to do a comparison with the last survey to see if needs have been met. All were encouraged to take the time to complete a survey.
Health Barn Quarterly Report
N. Bigos has a meeting tomorrow, June 26th with Stacey Antine.
N. Bigos was excited to announce that the resurfacing bid contract has been awarded to Sport Tech for $97,000.00. The renovation of the N. Monroe courts will begin this week. The sub filler is in and the courts will be surfaced the week after the 4th of July. Bellair courts will be done next and finally, Somerville if there are still funds available.
N. Bigos met with J. Mehandzic to discuss Kings Pond, the renovation of the park is moving forward. The DEP approved the dredging of the pond; they measured for curbing on the Lakeview side and determined perimeters of the park. There will be just one parking lot with parallel parking for residents along the road.
o Hold classes for children and adults on beekeeping
o Establish a beekeeping course for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts/merit badge
o Assign a hive to a school/paint branding of program
o Public program with focus on acclimation to bees/many confuse honey bees with yellow jackets/State law which protects bees
Ridgewood has 17 beekeepers in the Village, which is a great way to bring a positive influence to the idea of beekeeping.
They are going out to bid for tree removal and installation of the berm. The berm will be 6x6 with plantings. Council members have asked for fencing to deter people from highway.
There is $500,000.00 in grants that is being used to complete this project.
Open Space Maple Park Lighting/ 2019
The amount it will cost to have PSE&G continue the electrical line for the new lighting is higher than the expected figure of $50,000.00. This is an additional financial challenge and the Village is still awaiting word on the acceptance of the BCOS grant application. There is a meeting scheduled on Friday for the budget review.
Bergen County Probation – Maple Park path, Saturday, June 8th
We are fortunate to have a relationship with them. The county came June 8th and did labor intensive weeding.
Slate of Officers for Foundation – New Chair/Helen Leonard
Comm. Block Development Grant – Delivery ADA accessible tables
Columbia Bank/Grant Approval – Will receive a check for $10,000.00 for computers for Community Center/tablets for seniors use. J. Morgan inquired about security/public access on the computers. It is still being researched.
June Group Use – There have been six school groups, Eastern Christian, Ridge, Somerville, Travell, Orchard and the Lloyd School in HoHoKus
There was a maypole and each child received a craft to enjoy.
The Village will be holding a 125th Anniversary Celebration Gala on November 2, 2019. The official anniversary date for the Village of Ridgewood is November 26th. The Mayor and Village Council are planning an extended celebration with special events and activities throughout the year. They asked for volunteers and formed the 125th Anniversary Celebration Committee to coordinate programs to make this a memorable occasion for all residents.
He would like to see the redevelopment of districts. By re-zoning changes in B1 and B2 he hopes to initiate marketing to attract new tenants for the Central Business District. The marketing would be funded through the assessment on commercial property owners.
Board of Ed - J. Morgan
They are in the process of installing the new synthetic field at RHS.
Fields Committee – R. Brooks
• Permanent lighting, 5 light poles with LED at Maple Park was discussed earlier
Shade Tree Commission - J. Epiphan
• The Shade Tree Commission has money that has been held in trust. They have not had to pay for replacement trees; therefore they would like to reallocate $50,000.00 of that money towards accomplishing the tree inventory, adding that to the grant money they applied for this year. It was also mentioned they would like to establish a nursery near the tennis courts.
• CBD Tree Wells – The STC is concerned about the design of the wells and is doing new research on them. They would like to put in 5 new tree wells on Chestnut St. as the existing wells are falling apart. It needs to be determined who is responsible for the tree wells.
• J. Epiphan reported that a resident contacted her to make everyone aware Japanese Barberry has been planted at Ridgewood High School; it is on the invasive species list. She also said we should lead by example by insuring we do not plant anything that is on the NJ Invasive Species list. This led to further discussion about species that are on the list and why. A plant or shrub determined as invasive can escape into woodlands and we need to preserve our parklands. It was mentioned that perhaps a workshop might help to halt the planting of these species and educate landscapers as well.
• The Shade Tree Commission has also been discussing the tree palette for the top and sides of the berm being established at Schedler, maybe Spruce and Firs.
The list will be shared with C. Rutishauser.
Community Center Advisory Board - L. Kloak
L. Kloak said the mixers and the opening day festivities at Graydon were great.
• REAC has new appointed members.
• The filling stations installed in the parks are successful
• They wish to have another Styrofoam collection, they had a very successful collection/filled two trucks
• Plastic bag elimination is being discussed
• They would like to have educational events for parents. One topic mentioned was “Is there Lead in the Water”
• July 18th – There will be a forum hosted by the Mayor at Middlesex Community College. PFAS’s contaminating our water – Who will pay?
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