Concerns Over Pump Station’s Capacity Dominate Rochelle Park Town Council Meeting

The recent Rochelle Park Town Council meeting was dominated by concerns over the Pump Station’s capacity to accommodate new units from a soon-to-be-occupied nearby building. The discussion centered on the potential impact of the new building on the Pump Station’s capacity and the timeline for the construction project. It included concerns about a potential conflict of interest involving engineering firm Boswell, and rent control in the town. The meeting began with a farewell to Mayor Linda Boniface and concluded with a closed session to discuss personnel and negotiations.

Bruce Rockwell from Boswell Engineering provided updates on various ongoing projects, including the Pump Station, and responded to concerns raised by Deputy Mayor Vincent Bessetti and residents about the Pump Station’s readiness and capacity. Rockwell stated that the design was nearly complete but acknowledged potential challenges due to ongoing discussions and submissions to FEMA NJSP. The council sought clarification on the design completion and project timeline, expressing concerns about the potential impact of the new building on the Pump Station’s capacity.

The meeting also shed light on the financial and operational aspects of the project, with council members seeking further clarity on the Pump Station’s capacity and the potential impact of the new building on the existing infrastructure. This sparked debate about the Pump Station’s readiness to handle the additional units and concerns about its capacity and compliance with federal requirements.

In addition to the Pump Station discussion, there was an update on the submission of a grant application for Lincoln Drive in Chestnut Avenue and the stormwater control ordinance. The proposed private salt shed ordinance, scheduled for adoption by January 1 to meet the state-mandated deadline, was also discussed.

The public portion of the meeting highlighted residents’ concerns about rent control in Rochelle Park. The issue prompted a response from council members, who acknowledged the concerns and indicated a willingness to look into the matter further in the future.

Building and police department reports were presented, which included details about permits issued, inspections conducted, and arrests made. There was also mention of the police department’s involvement in community events and charitable activities.

The meeting began with a heartfelt farewell to Mayor Linda Boniface. Michael Warren presented her with a pair of boxing gloves as a token of respect and highlighted the need to address the town’s tree deficit to mitigate flooding. Gail Artola questioned if Boswell’s representation of both the town and a local plaza posed a conflict of interest.

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Mayor Linda Boniface
City Council Officials:
Perrin Mosca, Gail Artola, Jennifer Appice, Vincent Bessetti Deputy Mayor, Comm. LiBassi (Township Committee member)

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