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Hackensack Discussion / Hospital Taxes
« on: July 27, 2017, 11:31:02 AM »

Hackensack Discussion / Overcrowding in School District
« on: March 20, 2017, 10:27:14 AM »
Editor's Note: This topic was split from "Area in Need of Rehabilitation" topic.
The Record had an editorial about the impact of new residential construction on the local school system.  This article describes how building new development can have secondary, sometimes unintended consequences.  In Fair Lawn, one of those consequences is overcrowded schools.

There were also recent articles about how the Franklin Lakes school system is coping with overcrowded local schools caused by new residential construction. 

I believe it is true for Hackensack as well, especially since most of our projects do not contribute to school taxes.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in Need of Rehabilitation
« on: January 19, 2017, 09:12:39 AM »
I could not agree more.  I remember the days of 2 way Main Street and a driver attempting to back into a parking space ties up traffic in both directions.  The Planners have testified that a vibrant shopping area requires 2 way streets but many of the examples they give apply to wider "Main" streets, some with center islands.  Bergenfield addressed the issue of a 2 way street by permitting parking only on one side which is better for traffic but requires convenient off street parking.  The governing body is committed to a 2 way Main St. no matter what.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: City Considers Private Waste Contract
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:32:48 AM »
It is difficult to understand the priorities of our elected officials.  The City cannot afford the $2 million for new garbage trucks but has authorized funding for a $7 million sports dome which will be used by a very small segment of our population for a few months per year.  It is not even certain that the majority of those using the dome will be Hackensack residents.
Our elected officials should rethink their priorities, stop all expenditures on the dome project, and look to funding the necessary garbage trucks.  We might even save money.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Recreation Dome
« on: May 16, 2016, 11:54:38 AM »
When I read this article about the construction of a soccer field in a park in Paterson, i realized how many potential problems there were with the proposed dome in Johnson Park.  I suggest you read the Record article.

The proposed Johnson Park sports dome will replace one of the two soccer fields.  The sports dome is touted as a multi sports venue which reportedly would have one larger soccer field that could be broken down into smaller fields for a variety of indoor sports, including baseball and football.  This raises the issues of who would have access to the dome, who would set the priorities, would Hackensack residents be guaranteed access and who would determine when the field would serve as a soccer field and when it would be restructured to serve other sports.

Another issue is the maintenance costs.  Who will pay for the restructuring from sport to sport.  What is the cost associated with the maintenance of the dome and the turf.  What is the expected life of the dome and how often will the turf require replacement.  And last but not least, how will the City replace the lost soccer field in Johnson Park.

The public presentation describing the project was made only 90 minutes before the vote approving the funding and I strongly suggest that the Council begin to consider these issues and follow up with another meeting which will address some of these issues.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Reassessment
« on: March 01, 2016, 11:24:09 AM »
Sorry.  I only stumbled on the list when searching  I don't know where the commercial assessments are listed.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Reassessment
« on: February 25, 2016, 08:58:27 AM »
The Hackensack reassessment has been completed and the letters have been sent out.  A complete list of the 2015 and 2016 assessed values can be found at:

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Ex-HHS principal Harold Bloom receives big honor
« on: September 28, 2015, 08:37:09 AM »
The program honoring Harold Bloom on Saturday was well planned and carried out.  The audience was full of family, friends, teachers and graduates of HHS.  Walter Fields wrote a tribute to Mr. Bloom which was published in the Record and can be read at this website.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: HUMC Expansion
« on: May 14, 2015, 11:34:37 AM »
I am surprised this article has not been posted.

Watch the you tube video of the May 5 Council Meeting.

Hackensack Discussion / Meeting Decorum
« on: December 03, 2014, 08:19:57 AM »
I did not see this news item posted "Hackensack Council lays down guidelines for civility in meetings". Some comments from the article suggest that there is more than civility addressed in the proposed Ordinance, namely:

•   Speakers would be required to address the presiding officer, not individual council members.
•   If a group of speakers is addressing the same topic, the presiding officer can ask that a spokesman speak for the group.
•   Speakers would be asked to refrain from making "remarks irrelevant to the public business."

The Record printed an unfavorable editorial about the proposed ordinance but I cannot locate it on line.  The issue is that the request for civil discourse bordered on violating the First Amendment by restricting speech at the public meeting.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in Need of Rehabilitation
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:30:30 AM »
I remember when Main Street was 2 way and the bumper-to-bumper traffic.  A single car attempting to back into a parking space would tie up traffic in both directions.  The planners have stated that redevelopment will not work without 2-way traffic and have cited examples of other redevelopment sites, but none are comparable to Hackensack.  Some, like Edgewater’s City Place, have a center divider and even then traffic can be a mess.  Ramsey is a good example, I usually look for a parallel street when driving in downtown Ramsey.

Hackensack Discussion / Northeast Hackensack
« on: November 06, 2014, 02:01:54 PM »
See the 2 Items from the Freeholder Agenda.  I assume this is a step toward development in northeast Hackensack.

Bergen County Freeholders Agenda
Ordinance 14-34
First Reading Nov 5
Ordinance to Discontinue Jefferson Street in Hackensack as a County Road and Transfer Control and Jurisdiction to the City of Hackensack.

Ordinance 14-35
First Reading Nov 5
Ordinance to Discontinue a Portion of Zabriskie Street in the City of Hackensack as a County Road and Transfer Control and Jurisdiction to the City of Hackensack

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in Need of Rehabilitation
« on: September 02, 2014, 12:23:18 PM »
150-170 Main Street

The Planning Board has approved this 14-story residential and retail building on Main Street.  I put retail in italics because although the building will front on Main Street, only part of the ground floor will have retail space.   The redevelopment zoning code apparently requires 7,500 square feet of retail and that is what the developer has provided.  The remaining frontage on Main Street will apparently be a display window of some kind, but there will be no retail space behind the window.

Since the whole objective of the redevelopment plan is to revive retail on Main Street I find it amazing that the Planning Board would approve the application as proposed.

Hackensack Discussion / City Council Meeting
« on: April 09, 2014, 03:04:35 PM »
I understand that the Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 8, 2014 was rescheduled to Monday April 7, 2014.  The video states that the notice was posted in City Hall and advertised.  Did anyone find a notice on the City website? 

Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2/12 Storm Information
« on: February 28, 2014, 01:33:32 PM »
As of Thursday there were many streets where cars had been parked for weeks and where snow drifts remained.  Heath Place, for example, between  MHD and the Esplanade had cars and snow banks at both curbs, limiting traffic to one way.  Cars leaving the Parker School and heading east would start up Heath and then have to back out of the street to allow westbound cars to pass.

Callers to the DPW were asked to call the HPD to have the vehicles moved and callers to the HPD were told to call the DPW.  Speakers at the February 19 Council Meeting complained about the lack of coordination between the HPD and the DPW where residents were ticketed for not moving their cars and when they did, there was no snow removal activity.  I don't know about a snow committee, someone in the city just need to take charge of the effort.

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