In a bold move towards community safety and accessibility, Ramsey Borough Council, led by Mayor Deirdre Dylan, has embarked on a transformative project. The centerpiece of the project: a new Emergency Services building to replace the existing structure, plagued by structural, operational, and compliance issues, as per a recent council meeting.
This decision comes after a damning report from Colliers Engineering and Design highlighted the manifold problems plaguing the current building, originally built in the 1950s. From inadequate clearance in the truck bay and substandard overhead bay doors, to crumbling restrooms, a dubious chimney, and foundation cracks, the building has been deemed untenable for modern service needs.
Colliers firmly advised against renovation, given the projected substantial costs. The council echoed this sentiment, recognizing a new building as the most cost-effective, long-term solution to ensure the Emergency Services’ operational needs are met while adhering to current standards and building codes.
For the design phase, Neta Architects LLC has been hired in a contract valued around $1.15 million, with the initial stages costing approximately $230,400. The council plans to regularly update the community and make pertinent information available on the Borough’s website.
Among notable staff changes, Mayor Dylan appointed J.M Nunziata to the Recreation Commission and Ryan Lakowski to the Ramsey Department of Public Works (DPW). The latter follows the retirement of long-serving member Norm Anderson.
Additionally, local initiatives and upcoming events took center stage during the council reports, including the initiation of a lead service line replacement project, a forthcoming Chick-fil-A hearing, to a successful drug Take Back event, and the Fourth of July celebration. Mayor Dylan voiced support for the new Resident Outreach initiative and the addition of a Ramsey Police Department section to the Borough’s website.
Looking forward, the council is also considering environmental initiatives, such as a community compost program, and restoration efforts for Van Gelder Pond. Moreover, the council is discussing restrictions on Styrofoam use.