Oakland Borough Council Raises Alarm Over Election Process Woes, Calls for County Action Amid Infrastructure Discussions

The recent meeting of the Oakland Borough Council unfolded with several concerns, including the election process, environmental issues, and infrastructure projects. The council members voiced their dissatisfaction with the recent election process, and a letter was proposed to the county requesting action. Environmental concerns were brought to light, particularly regarding a proposed Class B recycle facility and the impact of various developments. Amidst such concerns, infrastructure projects were discussed and updated.

Council members opened the meeting by expressing their concerns about the recent electoral process. The long lines and wait times during the election were deemed unacceptable, with some voters reportedly leaving due to the delay. Councilman Russell Talamini highlighted the need to communicate these issues to the county. As a resolution, the council agreed to draft a letter to the county, requesting a decision on corrective action by November 13th.

Other noteworthy discussions included a proposed Class B recycle facility, which faced opposition due to pollution, traffic, and noise concerns. Council members also discussed the weight limit on the bridge, with the state requesting the three-ton limit to remain. The council explored ways to permit heavier vehicles for snow clearing while restricting specific areas.

It was reported that the Environmental Commission found the environmental impact statement on the facility lacking, particularly in areas concerning groundwater, surface water runoff, and potential environmental impacts. Councilman Talamini emphasized the importance of personal letters over petitions in conveying these concerns to the Commissioners of Bergen County.

The council also tackled several infrastructure projects. Delays in the Alaman Brook project triggered concerns, but assurances were given that the highest levels of Basal Engineering guaranteed the project’s completion. The original scope of the sidewalk project on Rampo Valley Road was modified due to inaccurate site conditions conveyed initially. Updates were also provided on Bush Plaza bids, driveway corrections at 101 Walnut Street, and the completion of Hawaa Boulevard paving.

Beyond these substantial discussions, the council approved several resolutions, including banner placement at Bush Plaza and a raffle license for the PTA Midland Park Elementary School. Contracts for construction inspection services were approved, grant agreements for sewer and Senior Center improvements were discussed, and an electrical subcode official was appointed. The council also settled a tax appeal, authorized budget appropriations and refunds of recreation fees, and introduced two ordinances related to venomous snakes and public improvements.

In a lighter vein, the council expressed gratitude towards participants in the election process. A council member commended the long hours and challenges faced by poll workers and acknowledged the dedication of his fellow council members and Mayor Linda Schwager. Mayor Schwager reciprocated the councilman’s words, expressing respect for the race he ran.

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.
Mayor Linda Schwager
City Council Officials:
Mariela Castro, Lee Haymon, Mike Rose, Thomas Potash, Michael Rose, Thomas Connolly, Gregory Liss, Andrea Levy, Andrew Gisonna, Joseph Marscovetra, Eric Kulmala, Ed Clark

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