VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD
REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING
FEBRUARY 9, 2022
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
A. Read Across America Day
B. Jamboree Days
C. Super Science Saturday
D. Dad’s Night Days – Hawes School and Somerville School
8. Swearing-in of Police Officer Vincenzo Vaccarella
9. Swearing-in of Police Lieutenant Peter Bolten
10. Resolution of Appointment and Swearing-in of Tax Assessor William Palumbo
a. Resolution 22-34 Appoint William Palumbo as Tax Assessor of the Village of Ridgewood
b. Swearing-in of William Palumbo as Tax Assessor of the Village of Ridgewood
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.
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.
11. Comments from the Public (Not to exceed 3 minutes per person - 40 minutes in total)
12. Village Manager's Report
13. Village Council Reports
14. ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION – RIDGEWOOD WATER
15. ORDINANCES - PUBLIC HEARING – RIDGEWOOD WATER
16. RESOLUTIONS – RIDGEWOOD WATER
THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS, NUMBERED 22-35 THROUGH 22-45 WITH THE EXCEPTION OF RESOLUTION 22-38, WHICH WILL BE CONSIDERED SEPARATELY AND READ IN FULL, ARE TO BE ADOPTED BY A CONSENT AGENDA, WITH ONE VOTE BY THE VILLAGE COUNCIL. THERE IS A BRIEF DESCRIPTION BESIDE EACH RESOLUTION TO BE CONSIDERED ON THE CONSENT AGENDA. EACH RESOLUTION WILL BE READ BY TITLE ONLY:
22-35 Title 59 Approval – Water Billing and Data Collection Services – Approves the plans and specifications for Water Billing and Data Collection Services prepared by Ridgewood Water, pursuant to Title 59
22-36 Award Contract – Water Billing and Data Collection Services (NTE $79,131.68) – Awards the second year of a two-year contract, on a month to month basis, to the sole responsible bidder, Computil, Inc., 30 Controls Drive, Shelton, CT
22-37 Title 59 Approval – Tree Maintenance Services – Approves the plans and specifications for Tree Maintenance Services, prepared by Ridgewood Water, pursuant to Title 59
22-39 Title 59 Approval – Pipes, Appurtenances and Service Materials – Approves the plans and specifications for Pipes, Appurtenances, and Service Materials, prepared by Ridgewood Water, pursuant to Title 59
22-40 Award Contract – Pipes, Appurtenances and Service Materials (NTE $48,000) – Awards a contract to the lowest responsible bidder for pipe, clamps/sleeves, hydrants, and brass to Ferguson Waterworks, 190 Oberlin Avenue North, Lakewood, NJ and a contract to the lowest responsible bidder for boxes to Raritan Group, 301 Meadow Road, Edison, NJ
22-41 Title 59 Approval – Landscaping Services – Approves the plans and specifications for Landscaping Services for Ridgewood Water, prepared by Ridgewood Water, pursuant to Title 59
22-42 Award Contract – Landscaping Services (NTE $113,250) – Awards the first year of a two- year contract to the lowest responsible bidder, LTI, Inc., 122 Main Road, Montville, NJ
22-43 Award Contract Under National Joint Powers Alliance Cooperative Purchasing Contract – Various Materials, Supplies and Equipment for Ridgewood Water Facilities (NTE $85,000) – Awards a contract under the National Joint Powers Alliance Contract to Grainger, Government Call Center, 1001 Hadley Road, South Plainfield, NJ
22-44 Award Professional Services Contract – Hydrogeological Consulting Services – Well Maintenance and Testing Programs (NTE $138,000) – Awards a non-fair and open contract to WSP, USA, 600 East Crescent Avenue, Suite 200, Upper Saddle River, NJ. The required Pay to Play forms have been filed with the Village Clerk’s Office.
22-45 Authorize Change Order - Sustainable Yard and Native Planting Gardens for Ridgewood Water Headquarters (NTE $7,503.58) – Authorizes a change order for the establishment of a sustainable yard and native planting gardens for the new Ridgewood Water Headquarters, to the original lowest responsible bidder, Adamo Brothers Construction, 1033 Alexander Avenue,
THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION, NUMBERED 22-38, WILL BE CONSIDERED SEPARATELY AND READ IN FULL:
22-38 Award Contract – Tree Maintenance Services
17. ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION
3891 – Amend Chapter 265 – Vehicles and Traffic – Time Limit Parking – Doremus Avenue – Prohibits Stopping or Standing on Doremus Avenue, on both sides, from Ackerman Avenue to a point 150 feet south of the southerly curb line of Orchard Place, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, September 1st to June 30th
3892 - Amend Chapter 222 – Power Tools, Landscaping,and Yard Maintenance Equipment – Amends this chapter to add manual tools to the items regulated; changes the starting hour to 8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday; and adds Juneteenth as a Federal Holiday
3893 – Long Term Leasing of Village Parking Spaces for Commercial Dumpsters in the Chestnut Street Lot – Establishes requirements for the permitting and long term leasing of Village-owned parking spaces by restaurants, stores, and offices for the purpose of placing a trash/garbage dumpster, a recycling container, and/or a waste oil collection container
3894 - Amend Chapter 145, Fees – Fees for Lease of Parking Spaces for Dumpsters in the Chestnut Street Lot – Establishes a fee for the application permit for use of a parking space and a fee for the parking space use per month for dumpsters, recycling containers and/or a waste oil collection container
18. ORDINANCES – PUBLIC HEARING
3886 – Bond Ordinance – General Capital ($2,611,000)
3887 – Amend Chapter 145 – Fees – Sewers and Sewage Disposal Fees
3888 – Amend Chapter 265 – Vehicles and Traffic – Route 17 Park and Ride Lot
3889 – Amend Chapter 265 – Vehicles and Traffic – Ridgewood Resident Daily Parking Passes
3890 – Authorize an Energy Aggregation Program for Residential Properties in the Village of Ridgewood
THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS, NUMBERED 22-46 THROUGH
22-73, ARE TO BE ADOPTED BY A CONSENT AGENDA, WITH ONE VOTE BY THE VILLAGE COUNCIL. THERE IS A BRIEF DESCRIPTION BESIDE EACH RESOLUTION TO BE CONSIDERED ON THE CONSENT AGENDA. EACH RESOLUTION WILL BE READ BY TITLE ONLY:
22-46 Award Contract Under State Contract – Firewalls (NTE $24,530.03) – Awards a contract under State Contract to SHI International Corporation, 290 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ
22-47 Award Contract Under State Contract – Upgrade/Replace Toughbooks for Police Department (NTE $22,503.15) – Awards a Contract under State Contract to SHI International Corporation, 290 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ
22-48 Award Contract Under Bergen County Contract – Rock Salt (NTE $75/ton; Initial Award of $140,000) – Awards an initial contract under Bergen County Contract to Atlantic Salt, Inc., 134 Middle Street, Suite 210, Lowell, MA
22-49 Award Contract Under National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance – Maintenance, Repair, Support, and Replacement Services and Licensing Fees for Security, Cameras, and License Plate Readers (NTE $50,754/2 years, $25,377/year) – Awards the first year of a two-year contract under the National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance to Secure Watch 24, 70 Moonachie Avenue, Moonachie, NJ
22-50 Award Professional Services Contract – 2022 Land Surveying Services Retainer for Preparation of Tax Assessment Map (NTE $1,700) - Awards a Professional Services contract to Daniel M. Dunn, of Dunn Surveying and Mapping, P.A., 40 East Prospect Street, Waldwick, NJ
22-51 Award Additional Contract Under State Contract – Parts, Materials and Supplies – Fleet Services (NTE $80,000) – Awards an additional contract under State Contract to various vendors for parts, materials and supplies for Fleet Services. This additional award and funding is necessary due to supply chain issues and increasing costs for all of the vendors.
22-52 Authorize Additional Amount for Disposal of Ground Yardwaste and Grass Clippings (NTE $18,000) – Awards an additional amount of a contract to RVH Mulch Supply, LLC, 455 West Main Street, Wyckoff, NJ. This additional expenditure is required due to the fact that the yardwaste collected in 2021 was greater than expected
22-53 Award Professional Services Contract for Increased Hours for Public Health Nurses for COVID Mitigation Efforts and Authorize Execution of Contract (NTE $23,707.20) – Awards a Professional Services Agreement for Public Health and Nursing Services with Valley Hospital, Department of Community Health and Community Benefit, 223 North Van Dien Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. Also authorizes the Mayor and Village Manager to execute the contract. The additional funding is necessary due to increased hours for COVID-19 pandemic contact tracing.
22-54 Approve 2021 Budget Reserve Transfers - Transfers money in the 2021 budget from departments which have excess funds to those departments which do not have adequate funds
22-55 Accept Donation – Lighting for Memorial Park at Van Neste Square – Accepts the $244,400 donation (which includes an in-kind donation of $70,000 worth of work by various Village of Ridgewood departments in completing some tasks), for the Architectural Lighting, Landscaping, Tree Illumination at Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, from the Conservancy for Ridgewood Public Lands. This project includes installation of an environmentally friendly illumination system on the trees, with the ability to expand as the trees grow; installation of conduit in trenches; installation of pathway lighting on the park’s paths; and installation of concealed outlet boxes for park events. The Conservancy for Ridgewood Public Lands currently has no applications before any Village of Ridgewood boards or committees.
22-56 Accept Grant and Authorize Execution of Grant Agreement – New Jersey Historic Trust – Zabriskie-Schedler House – Accepts a grant of $499,166 from the NJ Historic Trust and authorizes the Mayor and Chief Financial Officer to execute the Grant Agreement and the Village Clerk to attest and seal the Grant Agreement
22-57 Endorse Application for Community Development HOME Block Grant – Children’s Aid and Family Services – Renovation of Home at 138 Prospect Street for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Rescind Resolution #22-21 - Confirms endorsement of a $200,000 Community Development HOME Block grant. This resolution does not obligate the financial resources of the Village but will expedite the expenditure of Community Development funds. Also rescinds and replaces Resolution #22-21 in its entirety, with this resolution, due to the fact that Resolution #22-21 incorrectly endorsed a grant amount of $180,000.
22-58 Authorize Release of Escrowed Funds – BE Powers, LLC, d/b/a Flo’s Market Coffee Concession – Ridgewood Train Station ($1,500) - Authorizes the release of the escrowed funds for the Ridgewood train station coffee concession due to the fact that the pandemic and a lack of customers has caused it to close down
22-59 Amend Purpose, Responsibilities, and Membership for Project Pride Committee – Amends the purpose of Project Pride to include improvements to foster a visually appealing environment throughout the Village of Ridgewood. The responsibilities will include organizing and implementing the spring/summer plantings in the Central Business District as well as other responsibilities. Also establishes membership comprised of: 8 Ridgewood residents; 1 Shade Tree Commission representative; 1 representative from the Women Gardeners; 3 business representatives engaged in landscaping, gardening or horticulture; 1 Village staff member; and 1 Village Council liaison.
22-60 Authorize Refund of Property Tax Overpayment – Block 4007, Lot 27 (NTE $48,597) - Authorizes a refund of this property tax overpayment for 125-161 South Maple Avenue to the mortgage company, Corelogic, 95 Methodist Hill Drive, Suite 100, Rochester, NY, since the title company had already paid the property taxes
22-61 Authorize Settlement Agreement – ROCA v. Village of Ridgewood (NTE $50,000) - Authorizes a Settlement Agreement for an individual who suffered permanent injuries, due to an accident involving his vehicle and a Village vehicle
22-62 Declare Property Surplus – Streets Division – Declares 2 leaf vacuums and 3 vehicles which are no longer operational, as surplus property and authorizes the Village Manager to dispose of said property through GovDeals, an online auction service
22-63 Authorize Gold Star Families Monument at Memorial Park at Van Neste Square – Approves the installation of a Gold Star Families Monument at Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, to be located on the risers of the war memorial. This approval is pursuant to Title 59.
22-64 Appoint Members to Central Business District Advisory Committee – Appoints Trish Manzo as The Ridgewood Guild representative to a term that expires on 6/30/23. Also appoints Stephen Aspero and Jordan Kaufman as Ridgewood resident members to terms that expire on 6/30/23; as well as Police Chief Jacqueline Luthcke and Village Engineer Christopher Rutishauser to terms that expire on 6/30/22.
22-65 Appoint Members to Citizens Safety Advisory Committee – Appoints Michael Lembo as the Ridgewood Board of Education member; Shayan Farooqi, John Prieto and Henry Ratcliffe as members of the public; and Christopher Rutishauser, Village Engineer, and Police Chief Jacqueline Luthcke to terms that expire on 12/31/22. Also appoints Anastasia Bamberg, Charles DiMarco, Jane Remis, and Barbara Sacks as members of the public to terms that expire on 12/31/23.
22-66 Appoint Members to Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Committee – Appoints Frances Barto, Class IV Planning Board Member; Nancy Bigos, Director of Parks and Recreation; and Ralph Currey and James Bostler as Ridgewood resident members to terms that expire on 12/31/22. Also appoints Yu Sun and Fred Jubitz as Ridgewood resident members to terms that expire on 12/31/23.
22-67 Appoint Members to Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board – Appoints Frank Mortimer and Victoria Van Dyke to terms that expire on 12/31/24
22-68 Appoint Members to Shade Tree Commission – Appoints Nancy Brennan-Hill, Adam Brown, Yamini Chinni, and Michael Guerriero to terms that expire on 12/31/26
22-69 Appoint Members to Green Ridgewood Committee – Appoints Saurabh Dani as the Board of Education Representative and Jill Fasano as the Village Representative to terms that expire on 12/31/22. Also appoints David Refkin as a regular member to a term that expires on 12/31/24 and Tessa Florida as a student liaison to a term that expires on 12/31/22.
22-70 Appoint Members to Ridgewood Green Team Advisory Committee – Appoints Christopher Rutishauser or his designee to a term that expires on 12/31/22. Also appoints citizen members Michael Faherty and Daniel Rozentsvayg to terms that expire on 12/31/24 and Roman SanDoval and Derek White to terms that expire on 12/31/23. In addition, appoints Krisha Anant as a student liaison to a term that expires on 12/31/22.
22-71 Appoint Members to Historic Preservation Commission – Appoints Lisa Conde as a Class C member to a term that expires on 12/31/25 and Jeff Summerville as a Class C Alternate #1 member to a term that expires on 12/31/23
22-72 Appoint Members to Project Pride Committee – Appoints Edward Pacelli and Renata Pacelli as Ridgewood resident members
22-73 Award Professional Services Contract - Licensed Site Remediation Professional – The Town Garage Property - 120 Franklin Avenue (NTE $11,500) – Awards a Professional Services Contract to VHB, Inc., 614 Frelinghuysen Avenue, Suite 200, Newark, NJ
THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION, NUMBERED 22-74, WILL BE CONSIDERED SEPARATELY AND READ IN FULL:
22-74 Establish Days and Hours for Pickleball
20. Comments from the Public (Not to Exceed 5 minutes per person)
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