Englewood Council Debates Firehouse Renovation and Community Grants

The Englewood City Council’s recent meeting was marked by discussions on the renovation of the local firehouse and the administration of a time-sensitive Community Development block grant aimed at paving additional roads. The debate on the firehouse centered around the decision to install siding instead of brick, the cost implications, and the specifics of the kitchen facilities. In parallel, the grant’s urgency, requiring immediate council action, brought forth concerns over the council’s process of motion-making, with calls for clarity and proper setup to ensure compliance with ordinances.

A significant portion of the meeting was dedicated to the firehouse’s renovation, where the choice of materials and fiscal responsibility were critical points of contention. The council scrutinized the decision to use siding, with questions raised about long-term durability and aesthetics. The cost of the renovation, particularly the kitchen facilities, was also a topic of discussion, as one member questioned whether the kitchen was kosher.

Furthermore, the council addressed a Reserve budget transfer and appointments to the roles of an assistant city solicitor and a public defender. The Municipal Alliance grant for fiscal year 2025 was also discussed, with council members debating the rejection of bids for landscaping services and considering the possibility of the Department of Public Works taking on more responsibilities. The contractor accountability for the firehouse’s repairs was highlighted, with members considering legal recourse against contractors for potential deficiencies in workmanship.

There was debate on adding the grant to the consent agenda or treating it as a separate agenda item. The grant’s integration into the council’s agenda exemplified the challenges of balancing urgency with review and adherence to procedure.


The council also tackled the administration of grant money and the importance of the Municipal Alliance committee’s role in preventing alcoholism and drug abuse. The commitment to ensure compliance with state requirements before accepting the grant was juxtaposed with the need to expedite the process to meet the grant deadline. The timeline for passing an ordinance related to the appointment of the Municipal Alliance committee was debated, with members pressing for a commitment to complete the ordinance by a specific date.

In terms of infrastructure, the council anticipated a substantial road improvement project with up to 45 roads slated for work, including the completion of the Hudson Avenue project and the push to finish the Humphrey Street project. Coordination with utility companies and communication with residents about the road projects and resulting detours were also discussed.

A proposal to change the city colors for uniformity across departments led to a debate, with council members considering the input from the Historic Society and the city’s legacy in the decision-making process. During the public comments section, issues such as water supply notifications, accusations of the police department’s involvement in international law violations, concerns over local flooding, and the city’s handling of maintenance expenses were raised. Residents’ concerns also highlighted the need for unity and collaboration among the council members to address issues effectively.


The meeting concluded with a move into a closed session for discussions on contract negotiations.

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Michael Wildes
City Council Officials:
Charles Cobb, Dr. Kenneth Rosenzweig, Dr. Lisa Wisotsky, Angela David, Kevin Wilson

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