The Fair Lawn Borough Council’s latest meeting was marked by heartfelt congratulations to community members, the generous donation to the Community Food Bank, and exciting economic development plans. Saul Rockman, a “hometown hero” for his contributions to making council meetings accessible, and council member Gail Rottenstrich, noted for her dedication and hard work, were among those recognized. The meeting also highlighted new business initiatives, including a significant grant for Memorial Pool and the formation of the Bergen County Workforce Working Group to improve the Fair Lawn economy.
The meeting began with warm congratulations to a departing community member, and the celebration of Saul Rockman for his selfless efforts, including his work for the Access for All Committee with his late wife Jerry. His humility and impact were described as “immeasurable.”
The council members also congratulated Gail Rottenstrich for an award, emphasizing her “admirable and inspirational” efforts to serve the community.
An uplifting note was the acknowledgment of a $10,000 donation from Feeding America through Kellogg’s to the Community Food bank, and an additional surprise commitment from the Insara family to support the food pantry through the summer. The council provided a poignant reminder of the essential role these donations play during summer months when school meals are not available to children in need.
In new business initiatives, economic development intern Fermin Maranganti presented plans for the Bergen County Workforce Working Group to address local business needs and challenges, and exciting details about the Fair Lawn Small Business Scavenger Hunt aimed at engaging younger participants.
The meeting also moved through administrative matters, including a discussion of several ordinances such as fixing salaries for certain borough employees and amending fees related to filming in the borough. The borough attorney clarified the need for a permit for non-profit or educational filming, even when no fee is charged.
In the public comments section, residents raised questions and expressed appreciation for the council’s guidance. A resident, Ms. Coles, pointed out a potential duplicate item relating to influenza vaccinations, leading to the removal of the item from the agenda.
Further community interactions were woven into the meeting, including recognition for former police officer Dave Boone. Updates on community events such as the summer concert series and encouragement for participation in the Arts Council’s Make Music Day and Art in the Park event added to the sense of communal spirit.