In a meeting held on August 9, the Northvale Borough Council, headed by Mayor Joseph McGuire, made strides in a range of civic matters, covering infrastructural developments, financial allocations, and acknowledging local stalwarts.
At the forefront of the discussions were various resolutions and ordinances that revolved around the community’s enhancement and sustenance. The council unveiled a notable plan for ADA code compliance at the main entrance of the James F. McGuire Senior Center, entrusting Arcari + Iovino Architects with the renovation project at a service cost of $11,000, facilitated by a Community Development Block Grant.
Roadway and streetscape projects bagged the spotlight with the introduction of bid advertisements for the Veterans Drive Roadway Project Phase II and the Livingston Street Streetscape Improvements Project, backed by grants conferred to the borough. While discussing the latter, it was highlighted that it would include provisions for sidewalks, pavers, benches, planters, and ADA ramps, extending to the New York border. The scheme saw a majority endorsement despite apprehensions about gaps arising from commercial landlords abstaining from installing streetscape posts.
Fleet enhancement for the Northvale Police Department was approved with the sanction of purchasing two 2023 Police Ford Explorer vehicles at a consolidated amount of $108,764, leveraging the State of New Jersey Cooperative Purchasing Program. Accompanying the police department’s fortification was the ordaining of salary structure for its personnel for 2023, dictated by Ordinance #1072-2023, outlining an increment system based on service longevity and introducing a bi-weekly payment schedule among other provisions.
Financing strategies garnered attention with Ordinance #1074-2023 advocating a capital expenditure of $105,000 for a swath of updates including fire department apparatus and IT system upgrade for the borough departments. This initiative seeks financing through bonds and notes issuance, not exceeding $100,000, complemented with a down payment of $5,000.
Approval of numerous raffle licenses for local organizations and the initiation of contracts with I-M Cleaning, Inc., Downes Tree Service Co., Inc., and Senco Metals, LLC for cleaning, tree services, and fencing materials ensued, bolstering local enterprises and fostering community engagement.
On the financial front, a significant budget allocation resolution saw the green light with an expansive budget blueprint earmarking $2,652,694.98 for sundry sectors including police trust, housing, and education, asserted by the Chief Financial Officer. This trajectory of economic prudence continued with Resolution #2023-139 formulating new policies for payment of claims, aligning with New Jersey legislative mandates to streamline electronic fund transfer mechanisms.
The public consent agenda section facilitated a citizen’s query regarding the detailed implementation of the Livingston Street Streetscape project. The council members also reported on a range of community activities and developmental endeavors encompassing education, recreation, and public services updates, providing a comprehensive view of the ongoing projects in various departments.
Towards the conclusion, a stirring topic emerged in the public comments segment where residents and Fire Association representatives engaged in a discourse about the prospective removal of a light at the firehouse, with safety and inconvenience being the central points of contention. Acknowledging the spectrum of perspectives, Mayor McGuire ensured a forthcoming solution, receptive to both residents and the Fire Association.
After a robust series of discussions and decision-making, the meeting came to a close at 8:13 PM.