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									                BOROUGH OF HARRINGTON PARK, NEW JERSEY
                  MINUTES OF REGULAR AGENDA MEETING
                             September 10, 2007

ANNOUNCEMENT: In compliance with Chapter 231. Public Law 1975, adequate
notice of the meeting was made. It is included in the Annual Meetings posted on the
bulletin board in the Municipal Center. Copies have been mailed to the PRESS
JOURNAL, the BERGEN RECORD and the SUBURBANITE. A copy has been filed
with the Borough Clerk and copies have been mailed to individuals requesting the same.

Date: 9/10/07         Time of Meeting: 8:04pm               Location: Municipal Center

Members Present:
(M) X Mayor Hoelscher
(1) X Councilman Shortal                     (4) X Councilwoman Ryan
(2) X Councilwoman Dunlea                    (5) X Councilwoman Budinich
(3) X Councilman Pedersen                    (6) X Councilman Betancourt

X Susan S. Nelson, Borough Clerk
Also present was Greg Polyniak - Neglia Engineering.

The following is a list of subjects covered, actions taken and a record of any votes.
Suspend Regular Order of Business
Councilman Betancourt made a motion to suspend the regular order of business. Upon
second by Councilwoman Dunlea and without discussion, motion carried without
dissenting vote.                                                                     6-0

Neglia Engineering Monthly Report
Mr. Polyniak reported on the following projects:
   1. Brookside Village - a meeting is scheduled to review the material choices for the
       walkways before proceeding with the project.
   2. Highland Field Pavilion - a proposal was submitted for engineering and surveying
       services.
   3. Highland Field Composting Facility - a proposal was submitted for engineering
       and surveying services for a soil erosion and sediment control package that must
       be submitted to the BC Soil Conservation District by the end of September.
   4. Riverside Cooperative Road Program - a proposal was submitted for the
       following roadway improvements: Blauvelt, Council, Friend.
   5. Harrington Court Drainage Issue - the property owner has agreed to perform the
       necessary stone trench drain tests (requested by Sept. 28).
   6. Van Orden Place Drainage Issue - a design sketch has been provided to Mark
       Kiernan to perform the necessary improvements.
   7. Harrington Park Zoning Map - a revised map will be provided by the end of the
       week.

Mayor Hoelscher asked about the road program - how quickly can we move forward and
can it get in by the end of this year? Mr. Polyniak responded that it shouldn’t be a
problem.

Councilman Shortal inquired about the status of the Swim Club Bridge project. Mr.
Polyniak replied that the construction would begin very soon.

The Mayor thanked Mr. Polyniak for his time.

Open to Public Discussion
Councilman Pedersen moved to open the meeting to public discussion. Upon second by
Councilman Betancourt and without discussion, motion carried without dissenting vote.
                                                                               6-0

Cheryl Maltin - 72 Kohring Circle South -



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1)     She presented the Council with a petition from Kohring Circle, Kohring Circle
       South, Old Jug Court, and Demarest Place residents relative to a property
       maintenance issue with a resident in that neighborhood.
       The Mayor noted he would give the petition to the Building Inspector this week to
       follow up. He noted that he, Councilman Pedersen and Councilman Betancourt
       would go over to inspect the property for themselves during the week.
2)     She asked about the lack of a crossing guard at the light on
       Harriot/Schraalenburgh.
       Councilman Pedersen responded that he had spoken to the Chief and they both
       recommend adding a new guard at the traffic light.

Mrs. Helfman - 64 Kohring Circle South - advised the Council that there is a new state
mandate that the schools are now responsible for the children from when they leave their
house until they return home again.
Councilman Pedersen advised that an officer will be there Tuesdays through Friday, but
Mondays they will need a guard.

Denise Karrenberg - 151 Kohring Circle North - inquired if the light-crossing button can
be lengthened - the time is very short. She added that there are now about 15 children at
that light.

Glenn Luciano - 208 Harriot Avenue - asked if the guard at Lynn Street can be moved to
the light at Schraalenburgh since there is also an officer at Lynn Street.
Councilman Pedersen noted he would talk to the Chief to see if that is an option.
The Mayor advised that he would try to get this resolved by the end of the week.

Dana Hall - 16 Hackensack Avenue - noted that the officer and the guard have two
separate functions that are both needed (directing traffic and protecting the children,
respectively).

Ms. Karrenberg asked why there are three officers within a small area.
Councilman Shortal explained the role of the Elliot Road officer.

Nancy Wehmann - 63 Glen Avenue East - asked about the status on the construction on
Kline Street. She inquired if there was a violation or a loophole in the ordinances.
Councilman Betancourt advised that a stop-work-order had been issued and that the
property owners will go before the Board of Adjustment for a needed variance. He noted
that the ordinances will be revised and will go thru the process.
The Mayor noted another issue with this job was the number of bedrooms, which may or
may not be a violation of the bedroom ordinance.

Mr. Luciano asked why the permit was issued.

Michael Bellizzi - 38 Kline Street - asked if it was a non-conforming lot.
The Mayor responded that it was, but that it was a pre-existing non-conforming lot (by
the prior owner - very recently).

Ms. Hall asked about the train noise - she was aware of the meeting the following week
that will delve into this issue.
The Mayor explained about the scheduled environmental summit. He also explained the
idea of quiet zones and wayside horns. He pointed out that there were amounts allotted
in the capital budget for these horns.

Ms. Maltin asked the Mayor to explain more about the wayside horns. He did so.
Councilman Betancourt explained the liability issues as well as the financial issues of this
“solution” and noted that he is opposed to it.

Josephine Thomsen - 330 Lafayette Road - asked if there are limits on the number of cars
and the number of trains on the crossings. (It was a general feeling that there are none.)

Ms. Wehmann also expressed concern about the costs for these horns. In addition, she
asked about the Harriot Avenue crossing - when will it be repaired?

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The Mayor noted that the Borough had been advised that it was being planned for the end
of September/early October.

The Mayor thanked all for their attendance.

Close to Public Discussion and Resume Regular Order of Business
Councilman Betancourt moved to close the meeting to the public and resume the regular
order of business. Upon second by Councilwoman Dunlea and without discussion,
motion carried without dissenting vote.                                        6-0

Committee Reports
Councilman Shortal had nothing to report.

MD
Environmental Commission
The Environmental Summit is scheduled for September 18 at 8:00pm at the Borough
Hall.

Recreation Commission
Councilwoman Dunlea noted that the Concert in the Park went well - maybe something
in the spring for more of a senior population.
The Councilwoman reminded all that the annual Rag-A-Muffin parade is scheduled for
Saturday, October 27.

Councilwoman Dunlea noted that she had one item for closed session.

MR
Board of Health
Councilwoman Ryan noted that she would have more information for next week.
The Board had scheduled a Health Fair on October 27 from 9:00-12:00 at the Community
Church. There will be flu shots and other testing available.

Council members Pedersen, Budinich and Betancourt had nothing to report.
Councilman Betancourt noted he had one item for closed session.

MD
Road Improvement Bids
Councilwoman Dunlea introduced the following Resolution:
                              SEE ADDENDUM “A”
Upon second by Councilman Betancourt and without comment or discussion, Resolution
was adopted on roll call vote with all members present voting in the affirmative. 6-0
Approved: September 10, 2007


                                                  ____________________________
                                                  Mayor

JNP
Block Party
Councilman Pedersen introduced the following Resolution:
                              SEE ADDENDUM “B”
Upon second by Councilman Betancourt and without comment or discussion, Resolution
was adopted on roll call vote with all members present voting in the affirmative. 6-0
Approved: September 10, 2007


                                                  ____________________________
                                                  Mayor

Mayor’s Report
   Administrative Assistant - will have info for next week



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      Sale of Borough property - Elliot/LaRoche lot is owned by the Borough. It abuts
       Mrs. Gibney’s property and she is interested in purchasing it. It is valued at
       $18,750.00. The neighbor on the other side has also been contacted for any
       interest. John Dineen is to have the paperwork ready for next week.
      School bus for the bridge closing - there was a small glitch the first day, but it has
       been ok since then.
      Bridge project - the contractor had been removing stone work and historical
       markers. A letter went out notifying them that Harrington Park needs to be
       contacted before any are removed from the site.
      Signboard issues - control of messages displayed needs to be addressed
      Garbage contract - there is a 2nd year option. Councilman Shortal noted he would
       look into what the costs are. He asked if there was any interest in adding
       recycling to the bid?

Open to Public Discussion
Councilman Betancourt moved to open the meeting to public discussion. Upon second
by Councilwoman Dunlea and without discussion, motion carried without dissenting
vote.                                                                         6-0

Mr. Luciano asked about the sale of property, specifically if there were any restrictions
on building on that property to limit any excesses.
The Mayor noted that there would be deed restrictions.

Closed to Public Discussion
Councilman Pedersen moved to close the meeting to public discussion. Upon second by
Councilman Betancourt and without discussion, motion carried without dissenting vote.
                                                                               6-0

Old Business
Councilman Shortal told the Council about a letter he received addressed to the American
Legion. The letter was in reference to an event from 1948 and enclosed with it was a
check for $1.25 to cover the cost of a spaghetti dinner the sender had neglected to pay
for. The Councilman noted that the American Legion was now donating the $1.25 to
Boy Scout Troop #611 for their current spaghetti dinner.

There was no other old business to report.

Closed Session
Councilman Pedersen moved to go into closed session for matters of personnel and
potential litigation. Upon second by Councilman Betancourt and without discussion,
motion carried without dissenting vote.                                        6-0
                                                                               9:10pm

Return to Open Session
Councilman Pedersen moved to return to open session. Upon second by Councilman
Betancourt and without discussion, motion carried without dissenting vote.  6-0
                                                                           9:30pm

Adjournment
Councilman Pedersen moved for adjournment. Upon second by Councilman Betancourt,
motion carried without dissenting vote.                                  6-0
                                                                  Time: 9:31pm


Minutes taken by S. Nelson, Borough Clerk
______________________________________________________________________________________




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                                   ADDENDUM “A”

                                    RESOLUTION

                       BOROUGH OF HARRINGTON PARK

                                  BERGEN COUNTY

               WHEREAS, the Borough of Harrington Park is desirous of obtaining
       bids for the repaving of Blauvelt Drive, Friend Terrace, and Council Place;

               NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council
       of the Borough of Harrington Park, County of Bergen, State of New Jersey, as
       follows:

              1.      The Borough Engineer shall prepare specifications, and the
                      Borough Clerk shall advertise for bids for the paving of Blauvelt
                      Drive, Friend Terrace, and Council Place, which bids shall be
                      opened on November 8, 2007, at 11:00am at the Borough Hall.




                                   ADDENDUM “B”

                                    RESOLUTION

       BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Harrington
       Park that it has no objection to the closing of Semmens Road and South Street
       from Columbus Avenue to Martha Road on Saturday, September 22, 2007,
       between the hours of 3:00pm to 8:00pm for a block party as requested by Robert
       C. Budinich;

       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Mr. Budinich will contact the
       Superintendent of Roads and the Chief of Police for their guidance in traffic
       control, parking and the placing of signs and directional devices, so the event will
       run smoothly and safely.




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