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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Proposed plan for County DPW/PD
« on: July 22, 2004, 09:49:42 PM »
River Edge has some concerns about this project:

See Record Article

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Results of City Council Meeting 7/19/04
« on: July 20, 2004, 11:30:47 AM »
The City Clerk, Debra Heck, was in attendance. (far left).

Councilwoman, Juanita Trammell, was not in attendance. 

In all fairness, I did not see a distributed docket when I got there just before 8pm.  It is possible that all the copies were taken before I got there.  If so, this is the first time that's happened since I've been attending the meetings.  There was a "master docket" posted on the wall.

Hackensack Discussion / Results of City Council Meeting 7/19/04
« on: July 20, 2004, 02:45:04 AM »
City Manager, James Lacava, was commended for his 34 years of public service (15 as City Manager).  The City passed a resolution of appreciation for Mr. Lacava's dedication and for "A Job Well Done". In addition, many residents wished him well and thanked him for his service.

The following summary is from my notes.  There was no distibuted docket.  As such, my report is sketchy.  Please report any inaccuracies and/or additional information.  All of the following resolutions were passed:

1. Johnson Public Library improvements: $400k, much or all in the form of bonds or grants.

2. $689K for general improvements (bonds).

3. Ordiance for sidewalk improvements (Approx. $600k).

4. Construction Safety Zones: $238k.

5. Refunds.

6. Emergency expenditure for water main break at Holt and Pink Streets $6500

7. Additional repair to fire ladder engine: $24k (There was an issue here concerning whether or not an official from the Fire Department certified the needed repairs.  The Council considered "tableing" the resolution, but ultimately considered the repair emergent).

8. Raffle authorization

9. Louis Garbaccio re-appointed.

10. Police Officer Mike Mordaga (correct title?) was granted a 12 month leave of absence to pursue work for Bergen County.

11. Insertion of $48k to Budget (NJ Depart. of Agriculture).

12. DOT grant of $1M for Hackensack River Walkway.

13. DOT grant $150k for Spring Valley Avenue improvements.

14. NJ Bikeway Program: $1M Main Street Improvement Program

15. Conversent Communications: approval of Operational License Agreement.

16. Bills Paid.

17. State Street School: Extension of Time request from DOT for improvements.

18. DOT $100k in "Safe Streets to Schools" Program.

19. Formal Resolution of appreciation for Retiring City Manager, James Lacava.

Public Comments:

Residents commented on the following issues:

1. Johnson Park Project:  One resident felt that much of the land reclamation (from the river) was unnecessary.  The new land, he argued, makes more room for unwanted geese.  Other portions of project exceeded expectations.

2. All Points Towing:  Seeking to obtain a permit to tow for the Police Department. 

3. Redevelopment Zone:  Many residents expressed concern about whether or not the city should purchase additional properties in the redevelopment area and questioned the council on the process.

4. Home use certification: One resident suggested a resolution mandating that home owners certify that homes are being used in accordance with zoning (not allowing illegal apartments).  Some members of the Council, while questioning the legality of the resolution, seemed to like the idea.

5. Teterboro Airport: another redident inquired about whether any Hackensack residents were attending meetings in opposition to Teterboro Airport traffic and volunteered to attend. 

6. Finally, Larry Rielly of the Boys and Girls Club, announced that the proposed Boys and Girls Club would accommodate Hackensack children only, not children from other towns.  Another resident expressed concern that the proposed Club would bring unwanted traffic from neighboring towns.

Hackensack Discussion / July 21, 2004 Zoning Board Meeting Agenda
« on: July 18, 2004, 11:29:20 PM »
1. 50 Jay Street:  Applicant wants to convert 1 family home to two family home.

2. 315 Second Street: Applicant wants to install a sign larger than that permitted by ordiance (V&V Realty)

3. 164 Pine Street: Applicant wants to construct a 25x16 foot addition.

4. 368 Sussex: Applicant wants to demolish one family home and make a one story retail shop.

5. 54 Fair Street:  Applicant wants to operate a day care center in the basement of Christ Temple Church.

6. 144 Elm:  Applicant wants to build 6 foot fence where only 4 foot is permitted.

7.  236-240 River : Applicant wants to build an 88 unit townhouse complex with several variances required.  (Achorage Cove LLC, Trobiano).
(See related message board topic)

For more about the Redevelopment Area, click:

Hackensack's Essex plan advances (Record Article)

Hackensack Discussion / Re: The Ambiance...New Mid-rise condo...
« on: July 18, 2004, 02:45:16 PM »
In response to the last two posts, my primary purpose in developing  Hackensack Now was to promote a sense of community that seems to have waned over the last several decades. I'm sure this is not a phenomenon unique to Hackensack.

See: About

The site continues its slow, steady growth.


An article in the 7/16 edition of The Record indicates that NJ Transit plans to build a $4.5M parking deck "near Route 4".  Is this the lot across from Feathers?  Isn't that River Edge?  If not, where will this deck be built?

Story is HERE.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: City Web Site Poll -
« on: July 15, 2004, 10:23:23 AM »
Recent article in the The Record about Ridgefield Park's new site:

Record Article

An portion of the article reads:

The new Web site is expected to bring residents up-to-date information on municipal meetings, agendas, borough officials, town-sponsored events, schedules, fees, and services.

"I think everyone wanted us to have a Web site," said Mayor Anthony Suarez on Wednesday. "It's our philosophy in government to have an open government. We want to get as much information to the public as possible and this is a great way of doing it."

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Boys & Girls Club proposal
« on: July 15, 2004, 10:19:00 AM »
Opinion in The Record (7/15/04):

I read with interest Columnist Lawrence Aaron's "Fighting for a place for kids to play" (Other Views, July 14).

Larry Riley was a neighbor of my relatives in Hackensack. I have never seen the man sit down. He has been and continues to be a tireless worker in his efforts to establish a Boys and Girls Club in Hackensack. More voices must be heard so that this dream can become a reality. My grandchildren attend the Boys and Girls Club in Lodi, and we certainly look forward to the day when they will be able to attend the club in their own town.

Larry's boundless energy in this endeavor and others is greatly appreciated.

Virginia Overholser

Paterson, July 14

Hackensack Discussion / Boys & Girls Club proposal
« on: July 14, 2004, 11:00:38 AM »
This article recently appeared in The Record:

Fighting for a place for kids to play
(Link requires free registration to The Record)

What's the consensus on the proposed project?

The article says:

[Hackensack resident, Larry] Riley's vision of locating a Boys and Girls Club in Hackensack has been stymied by the same lukewarm reaction the city demonstrated against other non-profit agencies. The city and county should be glad to give him a few dollars.

Is this a good project for Hackensack or simply one more county/state agency imposing itself on the city?

Perhaps someone would like to formulate a poll on this issue.  (Click "Poll" above to get started).

I've been slacking on city meeting reports.  I attended, but didn't post the results.  The last two meetings were short.  I'll post the results soon.

At the last meeting, Councilman Galvis was appointed Deputy Mayor. 

I'm told the Planning Board Meeting tomorrow should be interesting as the board will reveal plans for a revitalization project in the vincity of Green and Essex Streets.  People may want to attend to voice concern, input, etc.

The Planning Board meets at City Hall, 65 Central, at 7:00 pm.

If anyone else is interested in posting the results of city meetings, please let me know.


Hackensack Discussion / Re: Mini Motorcycles
« on: July 12, 2004, 10:39:32 AM »
My understanding is that if the bike are under a certain "CC" (motor size) they are legal on city, but not county roads.

More pictures I found at City Hall.  I wish they had exact dates.  Does anyone know?

Fire Station Central

Fire Station Main

Hackensack Hospital


Events & Calendar / 7/17/04 - Jazz at The Restaurant
« on: July 08, 2004, 10:08:05 AM »
Vickie Smith and her jazz duo will appear 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 17 at The Restaurant, 160 Prospect Ave. Smith and her jazz duo will also perform 9:30 p.m. July 31 at The Restaurant. For information, call (201) 678-1100.

En Espaņol / Voter Registration
« on: July 08, 2004, 10:05:40 AM »

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