Hasbrouck Heights Unveils New Borough Website and Community Initiatives

At its April 11th meeting, the Hasbrouck Heights Borough Council unveiled a host of key updates at their recent meeting. The launch of a state-of-the-art borough website and plans for a new Department of Public Works (DPW) facility were among the top highlights, signaling the town’s committed drive towards technological modernization and improved public services.

The council proudly introduced the new borough website, a project aimed at future-proofing and enhancing communication between the council and town residents. The site, developed in-house to expedite updates and reduce reliance on third-party developers, offers a user-friendly layout and easy access to departmental content.

An ‘Action Center’ mirrors the current website, providing a comprehensive directory of elected officials, departments, and contact information. Additionally, residents can subscribe to borough announcements and conveniently make tax payments online. The site’s enhanced e-commerce capabilities also streamline processes such as dog licenses and building permit applications.

Notably, the website meets high encryption standards in line with its e-commerce offerings, assuring residents of their data security. The council also demonstrated a mobile-friendly version of the site, which automatically adjusts to various screen sizes.

Switching gears, the council turned its attention to a potential new DPW facility. Architects presented initial site evaluations, conceptual renderings, and cost estimates, sparking an intense debate over the vast discrepancy in pricing proposals. A further examination is anticipated to understand this significant difference in cost estimates.

In addition to these focal points, the council discussed various ongoing and forthcoming projects, including an engineering initiative that garnered members’ approval, and the 2023 Municipal Growth Program currently in its design phase. A road improvement project funded by the Bergen County Community Development Plan was also announced, with bidding documents awaiting county approval.

Noteworthy updates were also provided on the Woodland Park Project, which involves a series of improvements to the park’s infrastructure. The Paterson Avenue project was similarly discussed, with details shared on the county’s adjustments to paving credit allocation.

Updates on financial matters revealed a decrease in the current fund cash balance to $5 million from approximately $8 million last month, a usual trend for the fiscal year. The finance report also showed that March earnings have hit 4.5% interest compared to last year’s 1%, and major disbursements for the month totaled $4.2 million, with 62% going towards local school taxes.

The council then introduced the final draft of the budget, submitted for review to the Finance Committee and the Borough Administrator. The aim is to present it at the next meeting, with the hope for final adoption by the second meeting.

The Police Department’s robust training efforts were also highlighted. Officers recently conducted an active shooter training drill in partnership with Woodbridge Police Department and other law enforcement units, in addition to training initiatives on various topics. The department’s community engagement was noted with cybersecurity lessons offered to Girl Scout Troops and career day presentations at local schools.

The meeting rounded off with updates on numerous public works, recreational activities, a food pantry initiative, as well as several recognitions for the local Fire Department’s community involvement and diligent response to emergencies. The Health Department reported a low COVID-19 transmission rate and the success of a recent blood drive.

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