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Hackensack Discussion / Planning Board Docket for 6/9/04
« on: June 08, 2004, 11:51:31 AM »
Abbrieviated Docket for June 9, 2004

1.   Roll Call.

2.   Approval of bills.

3.   Consideration of minutes of the meeting of May 12,2004

4.   Memoralization of resolutions from meeting of May 12, 2004 after review of requested plans:

b)144 Hopper, approved.
c)98-110 Moore (Commerce Bank) approved
d)96 Coles, approved
e)9 Layfayette (Marini Bros.) approved.
f)76 Lodi Street, approved.
g) 38 Summit Avenue, approved

(See prior Planning Board results for more information on above).

5.   SUB #755-04 & V# 11-04. ,ARTHUR MENTO. 175 BURY STREET. BLOCK
330. Lots 26 &27. ZONE R-2 RESIDENTIAL. Applicant requests permission to subdivide existing 75 x 120 lot and construct two 2-family dwellings on two 37’6" lots, requiring the following:

1. Insufficient lot width (Required 50’0" — Proposed 37’6"
2. Subdivision required.
3. Such other variances as may be required

Approved pending plans, continued from 5/12/04


Applicant requests permission to demolish an existing one Family dwelling and construct a 2,620 s.f. medical office building requiring the following:

a)Preliminary and final site plan approval required pursuant to Ordinance #175-44 b)insufficient aisle width - Required 25’. Proposed 24’
c)Sign exceeds maximum square footage — Required 12’, Proposed 15’ d)Insufficient setback of parking lot to B-I & R-IA Districts
Required 10’ - Proposed 4’
c)insufficient parking provided: Required 24 — Proposed 20.
f)Insufficient sideyard setback in B-1 & R-IA Districts
g)Such other variances as may be required.

Continued from prior meetings

7. SITE PLAN #07-04 & V#17-04, BULLET ELECTRIC. 290 LODI STREET.BLOCK 100.J & LOT 1/3. Applicant requests approval to renovate existing building and improve parking lot requiring the following:

I)   Insufficient front yard setback to stairs and ramp:
Required 15’0"" — Proposed 0"
2)   Insufficient lot width — Required 100’ — Existing 97.12’
3)   Insufficient sideyard setback — Required 10’ — Existing 0.4’
4)   Insufficient rearyard setback.— Required 10’— Existing 03’
5)   Such other variances as may be required.

Continued from prior meetings

8.   SITE PLAN #0944. 190 MAIN STREET ASSOCIATES. 185 MOORE STREET. BLOCKI1 1. LOT 3. ZONE 8-3 BUSINESS DISTRICT. Applicant requests approval to demolish the existing one story structure and construct a parking lot with park area on Main Street, requiring the following:

I )Site Plan required pursuant to 175-44(A)
2)Such other variances as may be required.

9.   Saverino Romano: 272 Poplar Avenue:  Applicant requests approval to demolish existing one family dweling, subdivide into two lots and construct two one family dwelling.  

10. New business

11. Public comments

12. Adjournment

NOTE (appearing on official notice):   When the case is called you may appear either in person or by attorney and present any testimony which you may have concerning the application. Alt documents relating to the applications can be inspected in the office of the Building, Housing Land Use Department, 65 Central Avenue, Hackensack, between the hours of 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, or by appointment.

Hackensack Discussion / Results of City Council Meeting 6/8/04
« on: June 08, 2004, 01:48:16 AM »
Monday, May 17, 2004 - 8:00 P. M.

1.   Roll Call

2.   Flag Salute

All of the following resolutions were unanimously approved:

3.   Approval of Minutes - May 17 and 24rd, 2004

4.   Resolution #135: Payment of Bills.

5.   Resolution #136: Authorize Filing of Grant Application, Safe and Secure Communities Program.

6.   Resolution #137: Approval of Refunds.

7.   Resolution #138: Approval of Raffle Application (HUMC).

8.   Resolution #139: Request Fire Hydrant - United Water, NJ (Behind Pathmark).  

9.   Resolution #140: Professional Services - Jerry LaGuardia Productions
 (Summer Events).

10.   Resolution #141: Emergency Sanitary Sewer Line Collapse: Ross and Park Avenues ($8,296). (J. Fletcher).

11.   Resolution #142: Authorization to Release Performance Guarantees.

12.   Resolution #143: Award of Bid: Montana Construction Corp.

13.   Resolution #144:  Appointment - Albert H. Dib - Historian.

14.   Resolution #145:  Authorization to Cancel Payment - Block 596, Lot 22

15.   Resolution #146: Authorization ot Transfer overpayment of Taxes.

16.   Resolution #147: Change Order 1, D'Arminio & Sons

17.   Resolution #148: Change Order 1, Dakota Excavating

Official Comments: none.

The Mayor announced a relief effort to help the flood victims of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  Relief materials will be collected at the M&N Recreation Center on Sunday between 10-4.  Call the Recreation Center for more information.

Also, the Mayor and Council announced the opening of the River Street Tressel.   Dedication to be held Wednesday.

Public Comment Portion:  I thanked the council for the appointment as City Historian and invitemembers of the public to contact me should anyone wish to participate in the preservation of the city's history.  I applauded the efforts of the County Seat for their articles about city history.  I (and members of Council) congratulated the Blue and Gold Scholarship Committee on the completion of their new book entitled: Hackensack: A Pictoral History.

Eric Martindale commened the Board on its decision to appoint a city historian.  In addition, Mr. Martindale questioned the Council with respect to disappearing U.S. mailboxes all over the city. The Council responded that Post Office apparently cut down on the number of mail boxes as a cost saving measure.

Another resident questioned the Council on the recent article in The Record regarding increased city taxes due to rising health care costs.  The Council responed that the costs are due to an increase in the number of claims and the increase in the cost of the care itself which has increased sharply.  The city is apparently self-insured over a certain limit.

The same resident questioned the council with respect to the role and function of the Special Improvement District Director and suggested the need for more crosswalks between intersections on Main Street to increase the flow of shopper traffic.  Finally, the same resident wanted to know what the "logo" of the SID would be.  Both questions were directed to the SID Director.

If you would like to create a webpage on Hackensack Now for your specific community interest, please email the editor.  There is no charge for this service.

Here are some suggestions:

- Health & Fitness
- History
- Chess and/or other board games
- Gardening
- Computers & Technology
- Ethnic groups
- Cooking/Recipes
- Community Watch Groups
- Sports
- Tutoring

Any interest is welcome.  Hackensack Now will create a page based on your input.  Simply email the necessary information.  You will moderate and edit the site as necessary.  We'll do all the technical stuff.  

For an example of what you can do, click here.

Hackensack Discussion / Teterboro Airport
« on: June 01, 2004, 01:50:12 PM »

(Carlstadt, NJ)  The Coalition for Public Health & Safety is pleased to advise that the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Bergen, in its efforts at continuing its obligation to the safety and well being of all of its residents, has made an additional contribution of $20,000 to the Coalition.  This contribution has been made to assist the Coalition in payment of its remaining and subsequent legal fees with regard to the Coalition's battle for an environmental impact study of Teterboro Airport.  The contribution, made by Resolution No. 641, was passed unanimously at the May 19, 2004 Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting.

The Coalition for Public Health & Safety is a non profit organization comprised of 12 municipalities and the County of Bergen.  It was organized in an effort to address health concerns and safety issues emanating from Port Authority of NY & NJ's operation of Teterboro Airport in the middle of the most densely populated County of the State, and its impact on the quality of life issues for the surrounding residential communities.

The Coalition has brought litigation against the Port Authority of NY & NJ in Federal District Court seeking an environmental impact study of Teterboro Airport.  In September 2003, through the efforts of the Governor and Legislative Delegation, the Port Authority of NY & NJ contributed $300,000 and the NJ Meadowlands Commission contributed $150,000 toward conducting an environmental impact study of Teterboro Airport.  

Environ Corporation, who performed the initial 2 day sampling in June 2001, will conduct the study and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will oversee the study.  It is anticipated that the study will begin some time within the next two months.

Events & Calendar / Hackensack Art Club
« on: June 01, 2004, 11:13:17 AM »
Critique of members' work by Phyllis Rutigliano at Hackensack Art Club meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, United Methodist Church, Passaic Street and Summit Avenue. (201) 556-1276.

Events & Calendar / 6/505 - Ballroom and Latin Dance
« on: June 01, 2004, 11:11:58 AM »
U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association ballroom and Latin dance, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Battista Dance Studio, 255 Hudson St. Lesson at 7:30. $12 for members; $15 for others. (201) 525-0102.

En Español / Latin Dance
« on: June 01, 2004, 11:10:41 AM »
U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association ballroom and Latin dance, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Battista Dance Studio, 255 Hudson St. Lesson at 7:30. $12 for members; $15 for others. (201) 525-0102.

En Español / En Español Message Boards
« on: June 01, 2004, 12:28:56 AM »
This board is designed to facilite participation by Spanish speaking residents. People of Hispanic origin make up a large part of the Hackensack population and participation by this segment of the community is welcomed and encouraged.

A new page is currently under construction which will be geared torwards the Hispanic Community.  Click here.

Hackensack Discussion / Linden Street
« on: May 25, 2004, 10:27:44 AM »
As printed in The Record, May 25, 2004:

HACKENSACK - The City Council has received a state grant of $8,375 to pay for the environmental review of a Linden Street property. The council has hired Malcolm Pirnie to investigate the tract, the former home of the Odyssey Body Works repair company.

City Manager James Lacava said he's not sure what the city will do with the property once it's evaluated. But he did say the property is an "eyesore" and that the city may acquire the tract so it can fix it up.

Before the city does that, however, it has to determine the extent of contamination, Lacava said. The city has reason to believe materials used on the site were hazardous.

- Tom Davis

What would be a good use for this property?


at the
Hackensack Cultural Arts Center
39 Broadway, Hackensack

June 11-18

M-F hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.  

Saturday/Sunday the hours are Noon to 5 p.m.  

Books will be available for sale (cash or check) for $34.95.  
Proceeds to benefit the Hackensack Blue & Gold Scholarship Fund.

Events & Calendar / 6/18/04 Book Launch: City History
« on: May 24, 2004, 12:46:29 PM »

at the
Hackensack Cultural Arts Center
39 Broadway, Hackensack

June 11-18

M-F hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.  

Saturday/Sunday the hours are Noon to 5 p.m.  

Books will be available for sale (cash or check) for $34.95.  

Proceeds to benefit the Hackensack Blue & Gold Scholarship Fund.


at the
Hackensack Cultural Arts Center
39 Broadway, Hackensack

June 11-18

M-F hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.  

Saturday/Sunday the hours are Noon to 5 p.m.  

Books will be available for sale (cash or check) for $34.95.  

Proceeds to benefit the Hackensack Blue & Gold Scholarship Fund.

Events & Calendar / 5/23/04 Fabulous Too Sweet in Paterson
« on: May 20, 2004, 10:34:02 AM »
Too Sweet's On The Move

Sunday, May 23rd 2004
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Play House Lounge 166 North Main Street, Paterson


Hackensack's Legend, the Fabulous Too Sweet will perform a FREE concert on sunday May 23, 2004 at the Play House Lounge, 166 north Main street, Paterson, NJ. Showtime: 7 & 9:00pm.
For information, please contact Zena at  973-389-1800 or 201-487-8740.

Mr. Martindale asked me to post the following excerpt from Parade Magazine's "Ask Marilyn" segment.  A writer asks:

What's worse: neglecting responsibilities or avoiding them?  I am irresponsible.  However, I'm also homeless, broke and unemployed.  Thus, I have no rent to be late with, no money to owe taxes on and no boss to call in sick to.  I am happy as a hog in mud. - U.J. Lewis, Forth Worth Tex.

Marilyn responds:

Maybe we need a new word for you, U.J.  How about unresponsible?  It is more accurate and less derogatory.  Anyway, given your lifestyle, it's better for everyone if you don't take on duties that you are unwilling to perform or obligations that you cannot discharge.  I'm glad that you're happy, but I suggest that you work to put something away for a rainy day.  And in your case, I mean that literally.

Hackensack Discussion / Results of City Council Meeting 5/17/04
« on: May 18, 2004, 01:06:22 AM »
Monday, May 17, 2004 - 8:00 P. M.

1.   Roll Call

2.   Flag Salute

All of the following resolutions were unanimously approved:

3.   Approval of Minutes - May 3rd, 2004

4.   Resolution #123: Approval of Refunds.

5.   Resolution #124: Authorization of Transfer Overpayment of Taxes (Routine).

6.   Resolution #125: Approval of Raffle Application.

7.   Resolution #126: Authorization of Library Grant Agreement. ($61,000 - not city funds). The city must authorize the receipt of a grant.  

8.   Resolution #127: Authorization to Award Emergency Contract and Place Miscellaneous Tax Lien.  (This pertains to 222 Clinton Avenue - the home that was destroyed by fire.  The city paid $42,000 to have the home destroyed due to the danger it posed to the surrounding properties.  The city paid the demolition contractor and will seek to recoup this money from the homeowner or its insurance company.  

9.   Resolution #128: Authorization to Execute Grant Documents - Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation.  (This pertains to the former Odessey Auto Body Works on Railroad  Avenue near Target.  The city will consult with a remediation company to determine the nature and extent of contamination on the site before it decides to condemn the property.  This is part of the Brownfields program.

10.   Resolution #129: Professional Service - Ferraioli, Wielkotz, Cerullo & Cuva, PA. (Routine - Accounting firm for city).

11.   Resolution #130: Authorization of Refunds from Escrow Deposit Account. (Routine).

12.   Resolution #131: Payment of Bills.  (Routine).

13.   Resolution #132:  Emergency appropriation for collapsed sewer line at 420 Washington. ($3,778).  

14.   Resolution #133:  Temporary appropriations (Routine).

15.   Resolution #134: Authorization of Family Leave Act for an individual city employee until  July 7, 2004.

Official Comments: none.

Public Comment Portion:

Mr. Eric Martindale alerted the council to an article that appeared in "Parade" concerning the "homeless".  Click here to read the quote. (scoll to last message)

Mr. Philip Roberts again questioned the council on the S. Goldberg Property (proposed County DPW/Police HQ site) and asked who would pay for enhancements to the surrounding sewer system if changes were necessary on River Street as a result of the proposed new construction.  Generally, the council thought the question was premature but one councilman opined that the burden would most likely rest with the County.  

Another resident questioned what the city was currently doing with respect to installing wheelchair accessible curb-ramps throughout the city.  The city manager advised that no ramps were currently being installed.  Click here for more information.  The same resident also requested that the city do more to force homeowners to repair uneven and cracked sidewalks throughout the city.    

I addressed the council seeking clarification of certain resolutions, above.  

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