In a recent Allendale Borough Council meeting held on August 17, 2023, community leaders convened to discuss a variety of pressing matters, ranging from the restructuring of the police department to juvenile mischief and town maintenance issues.
In light of recent police retirements, the council announced the hiring of five new officers and plans to promote four sergeants next month. An accompanying ordinance amendment will reflect the updated police department structure. Mayor Amy Wilczynski lauded the state police’s audit of the Allendale Police Department, reporting that the department was in complete compliance.
During his report to the council, police chief Michael Dillon reported an increase in juvenile mischief. Dillon called on parents to “discuss with their children respect for other’s property, especially borough property.” The chief praised the public works department (DPW) for their cleanup efforts after several of these incidents. Councilman Edward O’Connell added that the DPW’s budget was on target for the year, highlighting imminent road repairs and the sad closure of the lake next month.
Borough Attorney Ray West discussed meetings held concerning the Water Utility sale, emphasizing ongoing negotiations with service provider, Veolia. He also noted discussions about adjusting flow charges and setting repair terms with Saddle River.
Allendale’s senior living was also spotlighted by Mayor Wilczynski, who visited a revamped facility and was extended an invitation to a ribbon-cutting ceremony. On the topic of grants, she highlighted a $750,000 grant application for the community center, sourced from federal funds.
During the meeting’s public comments portion, a resident brought a series of maintaince issues to the council’s attention, including a property that the resident alleged added a wooden porch without the necessary permits. Coupled with an “illegal driveway” and a gravel driveway causing gravel spillage on the street, the resident argued that an imposed fine of $50 was insufficient.
The resident also suggested that a lack of striping, especially in bus stop zones, was “an accident waiting to happen,” raising concerns about pedestrian safety, especially for school children.
In a spirit of support, condolences were extended to Councilman Matthew O’Toole on the recent passing of his father. The mayor also announced the Gary Leticia Memorial blood drive, celebrating the accomplishments of Dr. Letizia, recently named the EMS medical director of the year.