At a recent Alpine Borough Council meeting, Mayor Paul H. Tomasko shed light on ongoing housing negotiations in Bergen County and infrastructure advancements.
Drawing a contrast to many Bergen County towns facing resident resistance over affordable housing settlements, Mayor Tomasko emphasized Alpine’s dedication to finding the least disruptive solutions.
One of the most significant discussions revolved around the town’s infrastructure. During the public comments segment, Robert Policano praised the Council’s endeavors in improving the drainage system on West Main Street, subsequently requesting the repaving of the street. Echoing these sentiments, Resolution #157:08’2023 was later approved. This resolution greenlit the repair of the drainage system on West Main Street with a bid from KVR Construction, funded by the FEMA Public Assistance Grant for Borough-Wide Culvert Improvements.
The Council also shared various successes from the Department of Public Works (DPW), under the leadership of Superintendent Greg Zaremba. The Mayor lauded Zaremba for innovative solutions and swift execution on several infrastructure projects, resulting in remarkable cost savings for the town. Such accomplishments included contributions to the Alpine Swim Club, wrapping up another fruitful season.
Financial health was another highlight of the meeting. Councilman Steven Cohen, representing the finance committee, announced a healthy operating account balance of over $2.2 million with ConnectOne Bank. Furthermore, in an effort to alleviate residents’ concerns over delayed tax bill mailings due to the late receipt of the certified tax rate for 2023, the Council approved Resolution #150:08’2023, granting taxpayers a 25-day grace period for third-quarter payments.
The council also took a moment to recognize the performance of Alpine’s Chief Financial Officer, Marilyn Hayward. Mayor Tomasko commended her as the 2022 audit revealed no deficiencies, a testament to the borough’s stringent financial management.
Another development was the resignation of Brian Frugis, who had been a central figure serving as the Construction Code Official, Zoning Officer, and Building Inspector for 15 years. Mayor Tomasko acknowledged Frugis’s significant contribution, assuring the community of a seamless transition in finding his successor.
Furthermore, the Council also announced the hiring of Henry Liegeois as a School Crossing Guard for the upcoming school year. In line with their commitment to safety, the Police Department will oversee Liegeois’s training and onboarding.
Councilman David Kupferschmid, in charge of the Building Department, highlighted the exemplary performance of Technical Assistant Catherine Booth, who managed a considerable workload despite an injury. The dedication of public servants like Booth demonstrates Alpine’s commitment to excellence in governance.
Mayor Tomasko also acknowledged the Alpine Volunteer Fire Department’s annual gathering and encouraged residents to volunteer, reiterating the essential role the fire department plays in the community’s safety.