In a special meeting convened on September 12, the Borough Council of Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, assembled to deliberate on issues surrounding property acquisition and impending legal concerns. The council, consisting of Douglas Troast, Edmund Iannelli, Kevin Crossley, Dane Policastro, and Kathleen Moran, was notably absent of Mayor Thomas Randall and Councilman Steven Shell. These discussions, deemed sensitive enough to warrant an executive session, focused on property located at 10 Orvil Court.
This council gathering at the Municipal Building on 333 Warren Avenue was opened by Councilman Edmund Iannelli, who also facilitated the public comment segment, which saw no contributions from the public. Council members then approved entering into an executive session, a closed forum to discuss issues stipulated by the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, NJSA 10:4-12.
The subjects of the closed session were delineated as matters involving the purchase, lease, or acquisition of real property and pending or anticipated litigation – all under the regulations of the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act.
The session, starting at 7:10 p.m., extended for a little over an hour, concluding at 8:31 p.m., after which the council members returned to the public meeting. The adjournment followed shortly thereafter, ending the meeting at 8:33 p.m. on a motion by Councilman Iannelli, seconded by Councilman Crossley.