Hackensack Council Tackles Fair Housing, Infrastructure, and Airport Noise

In a recent session, the Hackensack City Council addressed a range of issues, from a resolution urging the Senate to conduct hearings on the Fair Housing Act overhaul to discussions on local infrastructure projects and environmental concerns. The council also tackled the issue of noise and traffic from Teterboro Airport, with members considering a petition to limit aircraft types and sizes to mitigate the problem.

A significant portion of the meeting was dedicated to the resolution urging the Senate to conduct hearings on the proposed overhaul of the Fair Housing Act. The council debated and passed the resolution, highlighting the need for a examination of the potential impacts on local housing and community development. In relation to housing, discussions about the redevelopment of properties on Anderson Street and ESS Street took place, focusing on the inclusion of affordable housing units, which form a part of the city’s urban planning initiatives.

The council also turned its attention to local infrastructure and environmental sustainability. Updates were provided on the Anderson Street drainage area project and the Green Street project, both aimed at mitigating combined sewer overflow. The City Engineer mentioned that the CCTV and base mapping for the Green Street project were on track for completion.

Addressing concerns from a resident about the city’s compliance with state law on auditing the Police Department, the council assured that they would investigate the matter and provide an update. The audit’s delay was a point of contention, with questions raised about whether an extension had been requested from the state. Additionally, the resident commended the Police Director’s efforts to reform the department and expressed concerns about the use of taxpayer money in litigation.

The meeting included discussions on various projects, such as the completion of a new genre building, the development of the Carver Park project, and ongoing renovations at city offices on John Earl. The council also celebrated the successful Black History Month events and acknowledged the contribution of volunteer coaches to the wrestling season. The Department of Public Works received appreciation for their snow removal efforts, and the acquisition of a new pumper truck for the fire department was announced.

Residents raised several concerns during the public comment period, including aircraft and bus noise pollution, parking issues, and tax breaks for apartment buildings. The council addressed these by discussing tax agreements with apartment buildings and measures to improve noise pollution and bus ridership. The impact of the ongoing infrastructure projects on surrounding roads was also a topic of concern, with the council discussing the timing of the completion of the John Earl renovation.

The noise and traffic problems caused by Teterboro Airport were another focal point of the meeting. The council shared their intention to address the noise issue, with the possibility of starting a petition to limit the types and sizes of aircraft allowed at the airport. They acknowledged the challenges of enforcing aircraft weight limits and their potential impact on noise levels. A significant drug bust related to the airport also brought up concerns about security and the types of flights operating in and out of Teterboro.

In other business, the council approved resolutions for the final adoption of ordinances on parade applications, handicap parking spaces, a creative team for sustainable Jersey efforts, capital improvements, acquisitions, and garbage pickup schedules. They also introduced ordinances amending redevelopment plans for specific city areas and passed resolutions authorizing tax refunds, executing an amendment to a settlement agreement, and awarding a bid contract for elevator inspections across the city.

The City Manager’s report included a presentation on a change of use hearing for Pini Park, with proposed additions to buildings without losing parkland. The council assured a concerned resident that replacement trees for those removed would be native and shade-providing. Updates were also given on projects addressing combined sewer overflow, flood hazard mitigation, and coordination with utility companies.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
John Labrosse
City Council Officials:
Kathleen Canestrino, Leonardo Battaglia, Stephanie Von Rudenborg, Gerard Carroll

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