20201109 - Village Council Regular Public Meeting Minutes

A REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING OF THE VILLAGE COUNCIL OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD HELD VIA ZOOM, DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, ON NOVEMBER 9, 2020 AT 8:00 P.M.

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER – OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT – ROLL CALL – FLAG     SALUTE

 

Mayor Knudsen called the meeting to order at 8:00 P.M. and read the Statement of Compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.  She read a series of announcements regarding anyone wishing to make comments during the meeting or provide written comments for any future remote meeting.  At roll call the following were present: Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen.  Also present were Heather Mailander, Village Manager/Village Clerk; and Matthew Rogers, Village Attorney. 

 

Mayor Knudsen led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, as well as in a Moment of Silence to honor the brave men and women serving our nation, our Blue and Gold Star Families, and all of our first responders.

 

  1. ACCEPTANCE OF FINANCIAL REPORTS

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the Bills, Claims, and Vouchers, and Statement of Funds on Hand as of October 31, 2020, be accepted as submitted.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

Before voting, Councilwoman Perron stated that she wanted to register her objection to the bills from the Village Attorney incurred to prosecute the appeal of the One Village, One Vote case.  She is sure that he did the work, and did it well, but she objects to this Village Council authorizing going forward with the appeal, because she doesn’t think it’s in the taxpayers’ best interest.  She added that she will vote in favor of paying these bills, because she is sure that Mr. Rogers did the work; however, she did want to have that objection on the record.

 

Mayor Knudsen stated that the Village Clerk, Heather Mailander, executed her legal duties as appropriate and as required by law when she determined that the petition was insufficient based on the information that was different from the original petition, to the second petition.  In doing so, she was correct in determining that petition was insufficient, not just including that the new statute was added to the base of the petition.  In addition, the Village Clerk indicated from the outset that the petition required two separate ordinances.  Mayor Knudsen stated that in the discharge of her duties, the Village Clerk did an appropriate job, she was correct in doing so and she believes they will proceed with the appeal.  She fully supports the work that the Village Attorney did, and she especially appreciates the work that the Village Clerk does on behalf of the Village community.

 

Councilwoman Perron stated that she believes that the opinion was well reasoned by Judge De la

Cruz and that the Village has a slim chance of winning on appeal, so money would be wasted.  Mayor Knudsen called a Point of Order, stating that Councilwoman Perron registered her concern and the Mayor registered her support, and this is not a time for a debate on the matter. 

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

  1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Mayor Knudsen moved that the Village Council minutes of September 23, 2020 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 Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

  1. PROCLAMATIONS

 

  1. DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER – 2020 YEAR END HOLIDAY STATEWIDE CRACKDOWN

 

Councilwoman Knudsen read the following proclamation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC

 

There were no comments from the public.

 

  1. MANAGER’S REPORT

 

Ms. Mailander stated that the Hudson Street Garage is now open on all levels.  There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday, which was a milestone event.  As a reminder, the requirements for each level of the parking garage are different, however, the charge is the same, which is $1.00 per hour.  The first level is three hour parking, the second and third levels are premium Ridgewood parking permits, and the fourth level is half dedicated to non-premium Ridgewood parking permits and the other half to CBD employees.  For the CBD employee parking spaces, an employee must have a CBD employee sticker, and then pay by Parkmobile or by CBD employee hangtag, which is available for purchase at the Village Reception Desk.  Anyone can park without a permit for three hours on all levels, from 12 noon forward, by paying at the kiosk or by Parkmobile.

 

Ms. Mailander stated that 15-minute complimentary parking spaces in the Central Business District will be available by Thursday or Friday.  They are on Oak Street, Chestnut Street, North Broad Street, off of East Ridgewood Avenue, and Wilsey Square just after the loading zone.  These parking spaces are limited to 15-minutes only.  They are free of charge to everyone and are to be used to do a quick errand or pick up food or visit a business.  These spaces have been generously sponsored by several local businesses and Ridgewood residents, which are acknowledged on the 15-minute parking signs.

 

Ms. Mailander stated that they are still looking for a donation of a Christmas tree for the Village, which should be a 40 to 80 foot tall evergreen from someone’s yard, to display in the Village’s Central Business District during the holiday season.  If you or someone you know in a nearby town or in Ridgewood has an evergreen tree that they wish to donate, please call Paul Vagianos at 201-755-6465.

 

Ms. Mailander stated that the 2020 leaf placement dates were mailed on a yellow postcard to each household.  Please remember that the dates on the postcard are the placement dates and crews arrive after that time.  Once your leaf placement dates have passed, do not place leaves in the street again until your next leaf placement dates come.  Further details are posted on the Village website on the Leaf Collection tile on the homepage.

 

Ms. Mailander stated that yesterday, the fifth annual Giving Thanks Ridgewood Elder Dinner took place as a Grab and Go event, to celebrate what we are grateful for, good friends, family, and a nutritious and delicious free homecooked Thanksgiving meal.  This event was sponsored by Ridgewood Parks and Recreation, Age Friendly Ridgewood, and HealthBarn.

 

Ms. Mailander stated that the Welcome Back to Ridgewood, New Jersey event continued this past weekend with outdoor dining all day Saturday and Sunday on East Ridgewood Avenue from Broad Street to Walnut Street, and the side streets of Oak, Chestnut, and Prospect are closed to cars to make a pedestrian plaza.  The West Village, over by the Train Station, has wonderful shops and eateries as well.  The weather was perfect this weekend and many enjoyed being outside. 

 

Ms. Mailander stated that a Ridgewood Mobile Shredding Event will take place this Saturday, November 14th from 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M., rain or shine, in the Graydon Pool parking lot.  Residents can watch on camera as their documents are securely shredded.  This is free to Ridgewood residents and businesses, there is a limit of five cardboard boxes per vehicle, and no plastic bags will be accepted.

 

The Bergen County Utilities Authority Household Hazardous Waste Collection will take place on Saturday, November 14th from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Bergen County Utilities Authority, at Empire Boulevard.  This is free to Bergen County residents, and an ID will be required to prove residency.

 

Ms. Mailander stated that this Wednesday, November 11th, American Legion Post 53 will observe Veterans Day with a service at 11:00 A.M., rain or shine, in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square.  She encouraged those attending to bring their own chairs, as socially distanced seating will be very limited.  All are invited to attend.

 

Ms. Mailander stated that the Farmers Market will be open Sunday from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Ridgewood Train Station, through November 22nd.  There are a few new products which include fresh butter and eggs.

 

All Village Offices will be closed this Wednesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day.  Sanitation and Recycling will not be picked up and the Recycling Center will also be closed.  Village Offices will also be closed November 26th and 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Recycling and Sanitation pickup will take place on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  The Recycling Center will be open on the Friday after Thanksgiving from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

 

Ms. Mailander stated that the Village Council’s upcoming meetings are televised live, streamed on the website, are shown on YouTube as well as the public access channels.  The upcoming meetings are: December 2nd at 7:30 P.M. is a Village Council Public Work Session, December 9th at 8:00 P.M. is a Village Council Public Meeting, and January 6th is a Public Work Session at 7:30 P.M.

 

  1. VILLAGE COUNCIL REPORTS

 

Green Ridgewood – Councilwoman Perron stated that Green Ridgewood met with the Green Team and had speakers come in from Gable Associates to tell them about the process of how one joins a Renewable Government Energy Aggregation Plan.  They had many questions for the speakers.

 

Elder Dinner – Councilwoman Walsh thanked all those who volunteered for the Elder Dinner.  She delivered several meals to seniors and they were so happy to get those meals.  It was a nice bag of goodies from different vendors, including the meal as well, and they were very appreciative.

 

Deputy Mayor Sedon thanked everyone who was involved in the Elder Dinner as well.  It is an important activity in the Village and really helps a lot of people and is greatly appreciated.

 

Mayor Knudsen also thanked everyone who was involved in the Elder Dinner as it is one of the most important events of the year.

 

Green Team – Deputy Mayor Sedon stated that the Green Team met along with Green Ridgewood. The Green Team has a year to go to file their renewal of the Silver Certification through Sustainable Jersey, because the deadline was extended, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  They lost quite a number of points through some of the contract issues which the Village is dealing with, so the Green Team will find out what they can do to maintain the Silver Certification for the Village.  He believes this will be achieved and they have enough time to accomplish this goal.  There were a lot of questions about the Energy Aggregation Program and Glen Rock is in their second or third year of doing it, so they have some experience doing it.  There were a lot of questions.

 

Shade Tree Commission – Deputy Mayor Sedon stated that the Shade Tree Commission will meet tomorrow.

 

Hudson Street Parking Garage Opening and Ribbon Cutting – Mayor Knudsen stated that she wanted to thank the Village Manager for her work on organizing and putting together a plan for them to move forward with the garage ribbon cutting.  She thanked Councilwoman Walsh and Deputy Mayor Sedon and Former Mayor Ramon Hache.  They were talking about how many early morning meetings they were in to discuss every single detail of the garage.  She thanked everyone for their work, and they are grateful to everyone for their support.

 

Downtown for the Holidays – Mayor Knudsen stated that Downtown for the Holidays would be a little different this year because of COVID-19 and appropriate social distancing.  She and Ms. Mailander have been working with the Director of the Chamber of Commerce, which includes Councilwoman Perron in some of those meetings as well.  Two of the big events they are working on is to do a Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce and Village of Ridgewood Holiday Toiletry Collection.  They will have collection boxes throughout some of the business areas, including Village Hall and the Library.  People can drop off items such a shampoo, hair conditioner, bar soap, face moisturizers, cosmetics, shaving blades, razors, etc.  Donation location boxes will be at the YMCA, Bookends, Araya Rebirth, Hillman Lighting, Chestnut Catering, the AT&T Store on Route 17 South, and the Ridgewood Public Library.

 

Mayor Knudsen stated that in order to decorate the two trees, one at Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, and the other at the West Side Station Plaza at Garber Square, they are asking people to donate ornaments that are 3 to 5 inches, shatterproof, and write your family name or organization, add a message of hope, love, and unity.  Deliver by 4:00 P.M on November 25th to one of their conveniently located Downtown for the Holidays Ornament Collection Boxes which will be similar to the toiletry locations, including Village Hall, the Library, Bookends, Quality Shoe Repair, YMCA, SMOKED, AT&T, Araya Rebirth, Ben and Jerry’s, and Ridgewood Chamber Lobby.  She asked everyone to add a hanging string or hook on their ornaments and they will be on display starting December 4th on both of those trees.

 

  1. ORDINANCES – RIDGEWOOD WATER - NONE

 

  1. RESOLUTIONS – RIDGEWOOD WATER

 

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS, NUMBERED 20-336 THROUGH 20-340, WERE ADOPTED BY A CONSENT AGENDA WITH ONE VOTE BY THE VILLAGE COUNCIL, AND WERE READ BY TITLE ONLY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. ORDINANCES

 

  1. INTRODUCTION - #3824 – Amend Chapter 215 – Peace and Good Order – Establish Regulations for Municipal Parking Facilities

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the first reading of ordinance 3824.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

The Village Clerk read ordinance 3824 by title:

 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 215, PEACE AND GOOD ORDER, OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, AT SECTION 215-2, PUBLIC PLACES AND SECTION 215-7, MUNICIPAL PARKING FACILITIES

 

Deputy Mayor Sedon moved that ordinance 3824 be adopted on first reading and that December 9, 2020 be fixed as the date for the hearing thereon.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion. 

 

Before placing her vote, Councilwoman Perron asked if the one word was changed in Paragraph 5.  Ms. Mailander stated that if the Village Council approved, they would introduce the ordinance with the word “purpose” instead of “means” in paragraph 5.  The Village Council was in agreement.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

  1. INTRODUCTION - #3825 – Amend Chapter 145 – Fees – Hudson Street Parking Lot Permit

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the first reading of ordinance 3825.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

 

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

The Village Clerk read ordinance 3825 by title:

 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 145 OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, FEES, AT SECTION 145-6, “ENUMERATION OF FEES RELATING TO CODE CHAPTERS”

 

Councilwoman Walsh moved that ordinance 3825 be adopted on first reading and that December 9, 2020 be fixed as the date for the hearing thereon.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion. 

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

  1. INTRODUCTION - #3826 – Amend Chapter 265 – Vehicles and Traffic – Permit Parking

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the first reading of ordinance 3826.  Deputy Mayor Sedon seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

The Village Clerk read ordinance 3826 by title:

 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 265 OF THE CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC, AT SECTION 265-33, “PERMIT PARKING”

 

Councilwoman Reynolds moved that ordinance 3826 be adopted on first reading and that December 9, 2020 be fixed as the date for the hearing thereon.  Deputy Mayor Sedon seconded the motion. 

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

  1. INTRODUCTION - #3827 – 2020 Non-Union Salary Ordinance

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the first reading of ordinance 3827.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

The Village Clerk read ordinance 3827 by title:

 

AN ORDINANCE TO FIX SALARIES, WAGES, AND OTHER COMPENSATION OF NON-UNION EMPLOYEES OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, COUNTY OF BERGEN AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY FOR THE YEAR 2020

 

Deputy Mayor Sedon moved that ordinance 3827 be adopted on first reading and that December 9, 2020 be fixed as the date for the hearing thereon.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion. 

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

  1. INTRODUCTION - #3828 – 2020 Management Salary Ordinance

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the first reading of ordinance 3828.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

The Village Clerk read ordinance 3828 by title:

 

AN ORDINANCE TO FIX SALARIES, WAGES AND OTHER COMPENSATION AND TO ESTABLISH THE “EMPLOYEE AGREEMENT” OF CERTAIN NON-UNION OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, COUNTY OF BERGEN AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY FOR THE YEAR 2020

 

Councilwoman Walsh moved that ordinance 3828 be adopted on first reading and that December 9, 2020 be fixed as the date for the hearing thereon.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion. 

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

  1. INTRODUCTION - #3829 – 2021 Non-Union Salary Ordinance

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the first reading of ordinance 3829.  Deputy Mayor Sedon seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

The Village Clerk read ordinance 3829 by title:

 

AN ORDINANCE TO FIX SALARIES, WAGES, AND OTHER COMPENSATION OF NON-UNION EMPLOYEES OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, COUNTY OF BERGEN AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY FOR THE YEAR 2021

 

Councilwoman Reynolds moved that ordinance 3829 be adopted on first reading and that December 9, 2020 be fixed as the date for the hearing thereon.  Deputy Mayor Sedon seconded the motion. 

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

  1. INTRODUCTION - #3830 – 2021 Management Salary Ordinance

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the first reading of ordinance 3830.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

The Village Clerk read ordinance 3830 by title:

 

AN ORDINANCE TO FIX SALARIES, WAGES AND OTHER COMPENSATION AND TO ESTABLISH THE “EMPLOYEE AGREEMENT” OF CERTAIN NON-UNION OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, COUNTY OF BERGEN AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY FOR THE YEAR 2021

 

Councilwoman Walsh moved that ordinance 3830 be adopted on first reading and that December 9, 2020 be fixed as the date for the hearing thereon.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion. 

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

  1. INTRODUCTION - #3831 – Amend Various Salary Ordinances

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the first reading of ordinance 3831.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.

 

 

 

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

The Village Clerk read ordinance 3831 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 3618 FIXING SALARIES, WAGES AND OTHER COMPENSATION OF AND FOR THE SUPERVISORY EMPLOYEES; AND TO AMEND SALARY ORDINANCE 3752, FIXING SALARIES, WAGES AND OTHER COMPENSATION AND TO ESTABLISH THE “EMPLOYEE AGREEMENT” OF CERTAIN NON-UNION OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES; AND TO AMEND SALARY ORDINANCE 3753, 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

 

Deputy Mayor Sedon moved that ordinance 3831 be adopted on first reading and that December 9, 2020 be fixed as the date for the hearing thereon.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion. 

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

  1. INTRODUCTION - #3832 – Special Emergency Ordinance to Appropriate $2,047,254, Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health Emergency

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the first reading of ordinance 3832.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

The Village Clerk read ordinance 3832 by title:

 

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A SPECIAL EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,047,254, OR SUCH OTHER AMOUNT CERTIFIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE DIVISION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES, FOR THE PURPOSES SET FORTH IN N.J.S.A. 40A:4-53(L) AND/OR N.J.S.A. 40A:4-53(M), IN AND BY THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, NEW JERSEY

 

Deputy Mayor Sedon moved that ordinance 3832 be adopted on first reading and that December 9, 2020 be fixed as the date for the hearing thereon.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion. 

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

  1. PUBLIC HEARING - #3815 – Amend Chapter 265 – Vehicles and Traffic – Placement of Stop Signs in Various Locations

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the reading of ordinance 3815 by title on second reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

The Village Clerk read ordinance 3815 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”

 

Mayor Knudsen stated that the Public Hearing was opened.  There were no comments from the public and Mayor Knudsen moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

 

 

 

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

Councilwoman Walsh moved that ordinance 3815 be adopted on second reading and final publication as required by law.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

  1. PUBLIC HEARING - #3816 – Amend Chapter 190 – Land Use and Development – Affordable Housing – Require an Affordable Housing Set-Aside

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the reading of ordinance 3816 by title on second reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

The Village Clerk read ordinance 3816 by title:

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE LAND USE ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD TO AMEND CHAPTER 190, LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT, TO REQUIRE AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING SET-ASIDE CONSISTENT WITH THE VILLAGE’S ADOPTED 2020 THIRD ROUND HOUSING ELEMENT AND FAIR SHARE PLAN

 

Mayor Knudsen stated that in Section 1, Chapter 190, Section 128.2 A (1), Ordinance 3816 should read as follows: “For inclusionary projects in which the low- and moderate-income units are to be offered for sale, the set-aside percentage shall be twenty (20) percent; for projects in which the low- and moderate-income units are to be offered for rent, the set-aside percentage shall be fifteen (15) percent.  Fractional affordable housing units shall be rounded down where the fraction is .49 units or less and rounded up where the fraction is .50 units or greater.”  This is not a substantive change, so she asked for a motion to amend this ordinance.

 

Deputy Mayor Sedon moved that Ordinance 3816 be amended as indicated by Mayor Knudsen.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

Mayor Knudsen stated that the Public Hearing on Ordinance 3816, as amended, was opened.  There were no comments from the public and Mayor Knudsen moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

Deputy Mayor Sedon moved that ordinance 3816, as amended, be adopted on second reading and final publication as required by law.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

  • PUBLIC HEARING - #3817 – Amend Chapter 190 – Land Use and Development – Affordable Housing – Create the AH-3 Affordable Housing Zone District

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the reading of ordinance 3817 by title on second reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

The Village Clerk read ordinance 3817 by title:

 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE LAND USE ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD TO AMEND CHAPTER 190, LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT, TO CREATE THE AH-3 ZONE DISTRICT CONSISTENT WITH AND DESIGNED TO EFFECTUATE THE VILLAGE’S ADOPTED 2020 THIRD ROUND HOUSING ELEMENT AND FAIR SHARE PLAN

 

Mayor Knudsen stated that the Public Hearing was opened.  There were no comments from the public and Mayor Knudsen moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

Councilwoman Reynolds moved that ordinance 3817 be adopted on second reading and final publication as required by law.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

  1. PUBLIC HEARING - #3818 – Amend Chapter 190 – Land Use and Development – Affordable Housing – Amend B-1 and B-2 Districts

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the reading of ordinance 3818 by title on second reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

The Village Clerk read ordinance 3818 by title:

 

 

 

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE LAND USE ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD TO AMEND CHAPTER 190, LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT, TO AMEND THE B-1 AND B-2 DISTRICTS CONSISTENT WITH AND DESIGNED TO EFFECTUATE THE VILLAGE’S ADOPTED 2020 THIRD ROUND HOUSING  ELEMENT AND FAIR SHARE PLAN

 

Mayor Knudsen stated that the title of Ordinance 3818 should read as follows: “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE LAND USE ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD TO AMEND CHAPTER 190, LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT, TO AMEND THE B-1 AND B-2 DISTRICTS CONSISTENT WITH AND DESIGNED TO EFFECTUATE THE VILLAGE’S ADOPTED 2020 THIRD ROUND HOUSING ELEMENT AND FAIR SHARE PLAN.”  This is not a substantive change, so she asked for a motion to amend the ordinance.

 

Deputy Mayor Sedon moved that Ordinance 3818 be amended as indicated by Mayor Knudsen.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

Mayor Knudsen stated that the Public Hearing on Ordinance 3818, as amended, was opened.  There were no comments from the public and Mayor Knudsen moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

Deputy Mayor Sedon moved that ordinance 3818, as amended, be adopted on second reading and final publication as required by law.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

 

  • PUBLIC HEARING - #3819 – Amend Chapter 190 – Land Use and Development – Affordable Housing – Create the B-3 Zone District

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the reading of ordinance 3819 by title on second reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

The Village Clerk read ordinance 3819 by title:

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE LAND USE ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD TO AMEND CHAPTER 190, LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT, TO CREATE THE B-3 DISTRICT CONSISTENT WITH AND DESIGNED TO EFFECTUATE THE VILLAGE’S ADOPTED 2020 THIRD ROUND HOUSING ELEMENT AND FAIR SHARE PLAN

 

Mayor Knudsen stated that the Public Hearing was opened.  There were no comments from the public and Mayor Knudsen moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

Councilwoman Reynolds moved that ordinance 3819 be adopted on second reading and final publication as required by law.  Councilwoman Walsh seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

 

 

 

  • PUBLIC HEARING - #3820 – Affordable Housing Administration Ordinance Development Fees

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the reading of ordinance 3820 by title on second reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Deputy Mayor Sedon seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

The Village Clerk read ordinance 3820 by title:

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PROVISIONS ARTICLE XIII “GROWTH SHARE FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING”

 

Mayor Knudsen stated that the Public Hearing was opened. 

 

Mayor Knudsen stated that this is the last ordinance on the Village’s Affordable House Settlement Agreement and Requirements and so she wanted to commend the Village Attorney Matthew Rogers for his guidance and Beth McManus who was hired in 2016, as the Special Planner for Affordable Housing.  She emphasized how grateful they are for Mr. Rogers and Ms. McManus for all of the work that they put into this.  They are grateful for the support of the Village Councilmembers and the past Village Council getting this done, and to the Village Manager as well.

 

There were no additional comments from the public and Mayor Knudsen moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Deputy Mayor Sedon seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

Councilwoman Walsh moved that ordinance 3820 be adopted on second reading and final publication as required by law.  Deputy Mayor Sedon seconded the motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

  1. PUBLIC HEARING - #3821 – Amend Chapter 145 – Fees – Graydon Pool Membership Fees and Other Graydon Pool Fees

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the reading of ordinance 3821 by title on second reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

The Village Clerk read ordinance 3821 by title:

 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 145 FEES OF THE VILLAGE CODE FOR GRAYDON POOL MEMBERSHIP FEES

 

Mayor Knudsen stated that the Public Hearing was opened.  There were no comments from the public and Mayor Knudsen moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

Councilwoman Walsh moved that ordinance 3821 be adopted on second reading and final publication as required by law.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

  1. PUBLIC HEARING - #3822 – Amend Chapter 145 – Fees – Tennis Badge Fees

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the reading of ordinance 3822 by title on second reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Deputy Mayor Sedon seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

The Village Clerk read ordinance 3822 by title:

 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 145 FEES OF THE VILLAGE CODE FOR TENNIS MEMBERSHIP FEES

 

Mayor Knudsen stated that the Public Hearing was opened.  There were no comments from the public and Mayor Knudsen moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Deputy Mayor Sedon seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

Councilwoman Walsh moved that ordinance 3822 be adopted on second reading and final publication as required by law.  Deputy Mayor Sedon seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

  1. PUBLIC HEARING - #3823 – Amend Chapter 145 – Fees – Day Camp

 

Mayor Knudsen moved the reading of ordinance 3823 by title on second reading and that the Public Hearing thereon be opened.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

 

 

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

The Village Clerk read ordinance 3823 by title:

 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 145 FEES OF THE VILLAGE CODE FOR DAY CAMP FEES

 

Mayor Knudsen stated that the Public Hearing was opened.  There were no comments from the public and Mayor Knudsen moved that the Public Hearing be closed.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

Councilwoman Walsh moved that ordinance 3823 be adopted on second reading and final publication as required by law.  Councilwoman Reynolds seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote

 

AYES:            Councilmembers Perron, Reynolds, Sedon, Walsh, and Mayor Knudsen

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSTAIN:      None

 

  1. RESOLUTIONS

 

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS, NUMBERED 20-341 THROUGH 20-362, WERE ADOPTED BY A CONSENT AGENDA WITH ONE VOTE BY THE VILLAGE COUNCIL, AND WERE READ BY TITLE ONLY:

 

Prior to the vote, Heather Mailander, Village Manager/Village Clerk mentioned there was a typographical error on Resolution #20-360, which appointed Maximilian Viola to the Central Business District Advisory Committee.  The correct end of term date is June 30, 2021, as he is filling out an unexpired term.  Mayor Knudsen asked if the Village Council would have to reappoint this resident again in June.  Ms. Mailander stated that was correct, because he is replacing someone and will fill the unexpired term of the person he is replacing.

 

  1. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC

 

Boyd Loving, 342 South Irving Street, stated that he wanted to say that he appreciates the Graydon fees being held the same in 2021.  He and his family very much enjoyed being at Graydon this season and they are looking forward to being at Graydon next season again, at the same price.  He thanked the Village Council for opening Graydon in 2020 and for holding the same price in 2021.

 

Mr. Loving stated that across the street from him today he saw a shade tree being planted.  He appreciates the fact that the contractors are out doing that work now.  There are a number of trees that were lost in storms in recent years and he is appreciative that the Village is taking the time and spending the money to replace those trees that have fallen down.

 

Mr. Loving added that he wanted to make a comment about a resolution that was passed tonight regarding the Green Acres Diversion.  It concerns him a little bit that the property that they selected to replace the property that was taken in error is not located in the same neighborhood.  He realizes that neighborhood is basically fully developed and the Village owns very little property in the area where the lot was taken from; however, it sounds like there are going to be development requests in that neighborhood as time goes on.  He believes someone is talking about placing a request for a long term living facility there.  Mr. Loving stated that he is hoping that the Village works with these developers throughout the next couple of years and tries to get some open public space incorporated into some of these private developments.  That seems like the only way that they are going to get any space in that neighborhood.  He understands that somebody did make an offer to sell the Village a parcel of property in the area of South Broad Street where the diversion took place; however, the price was somewhat inflated and the Village decided against purchasing it.

 

Mr. Loving stated that regarding something from very early on in the meeting, he appreciates the Village going forward and filing an appeal in the event that the judge made a mistake in the issue of the One Village, One Vote lawsuit.

 

There were no additional comments from the public.

 

Ms. Mailander stated that on the description of Resolution #20-362 on the agenda, it indicates that the addendum for HealthBarn’s lease goes to January 1, 2021, that is a typographical error and should be January 31, 2022.  The actual resolution itself has the correct date of January 31, 2022 in it.

 

  1. RESOLUTION TO GO INTO CLOSED SESSION

 

Ms. Mailander read Resolution #20-363 to go into Closed Session as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1.         ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no further business to come before the Village Council, on a motion by Deputy Mayor Sedon, seconded by Councilwoman Reynolds, and carried unanimously by voice vote, the Village Council’s Regular Public Meeting was adjourned at 9:02 P.M.

 

Mayor Knudsen reminded everyone of the Veterans Day Celebration and wished everyone a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                                                                                                    Susan Knudsen                              

Mayor                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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              Heather A. Mailander

      Village Manager/Village Clerk

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