The recent Borough of Wood-Ridge Council meeting, presided over by Mayor Paulo Sarlo, was marked by significant developments, notably the ceremonial presentation of a $12,500,000 state budget grant for the Doyle School Expansion by NJ State Legislators. The vision for the Highland Avenue Learning Annex was outlined, emphasizing its potential as an expanded school and hub for various public services. The meeting also saw the unanimous approval of Bond Ordinance 2023-9, authorizing $1,700,000 for public improvements including a new fire engine, and the introduction of ordinances 2023-10 and 2023-11, addressing property and parking issues on Willow Street.
In detail, the state grant was presented by Senator Paul Sarlo, Assemblyman Gary Schaer, and Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese, who commended Mayor Sarlo and the impact on Wood-Ridge. The annex is envisioned as a multifunctional facility, focusing on special education and recreation, among other services.
Bond Ordinance 2023-9 led to the adoption of Resolution 090-2023, awarding a contract to Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC for a pumper for the Wood-Ridge Fire Department, amounting to $1,148,847.00. Mayor Sarlo underscored the importance of this acquisition for the department’s mission and the safety of the borough’s residents.
Ordinances 2023-10 and 2023-11 were moved to adoption for first reading, proposing the repeal of a previous ordinance and amending borough code to prohibit parking on a portion of Lot 5, Block 229, 12 Willow Street, with public hearings scheduled for the next meeting.
Council members, including Dominick Azzolini, Ezio I. Altamura, Philip Romero, and Mike Donato, reported on various departmental activities and community events, such as street sweeper operations, police department updates, fire department responses, and reflections on the 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony.
Several resolutions were adopted under the Consent Agenda, including authorizations for a Disabled Veteran deduction, submission of a SAGE grant application for approximately $10 million, appointments of Special Law Enforcement Officers, contracting Remediation Action Services, execution of a settlement agreement with Willow Street Properties, LLC, and redemption of certain General Obligation Bonds.
Administrative updates were provided, and several applications, including those for events and a handicap parking space, were approved. Joanne Parnofiello was appointed as Mayor’s Liaison to the Chamber of Commerce of Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge.
The meeting concluded with no unfinished or new business to discuss and was adjourned at 7:24 p.m.