Old Tappan Council Honors “Buddy” Weedman for Service

In a recent Old Tappan Borough Council meeting, the community honored William “Buddy” Weedman for his exceptional service. The council and mayor presented Weedman with an award, recognizing his contributions to the borough. The meeting also became a forum for addressing issues affecting the town, including emergency services staffing, safety concerns at local schools, and infrastructure projects.

The council’s discussions on the safety of school children took center stage during the meeting. The topic emerged from an incident involving an accident on K Street, prompting debates on whether to use barriers to block off the street during school hours. The conversation extended to the security of a gate on Howard Drive, which has been locked, with discussions focusing on the responsibility for the decision and the potential risks associated with leaving the gate unlocked. The council considered the impact that the gate’s status could have on school security and traffic flow, especially during pick-up times. There was also a suggestion to invite the police chief to the next meeting to further discuss school safety measures.

Another issue that came up was the town’s response to the anticipated affordable housing legislation. The council expressed concerns about the town’s unmet need of 191 additional affordable housing units, which would bring the total to 500. Questions were raised about the effectiveness of such construction and the impact on the town’s character and infrastructure.

Emergency services staffing and the discussion about hiring a hospital ambulance service to cover daytime hours were also highlighted. Council members weighed the benefits of a stipend program to incentivize volunteers against the potential impacts on volunteer ambulance services. Concerns about the cost of hospital services and the loss of control over emergency response were points of contention.

Infrastructure issues were also a prominent part of the meeting’s agenda. The council addressed the lack of communication regarding road work on Russell Lane, which had affected the fire department’s operations. The fire chief called for improved notification for future projects, prompting a broader discussion on the impacts of construction work on the community and the need for better planning. Similarly, concerns about drainage problems on Perry Street and opposition to the planned phase two of a construction project were raised by a resident.

A resident’s opposition to the installation of a pipe on Harry Street sparked debate about the necessity of the project and the allocation of funds. The council agreed to follow up with relevant parties to gather more information.

The installation of a small cell on Stone Point Field by a telecommunications company was debated, with concerns about the visual impact and the location of the infrastructure. Additionally, a member of the public raised concerns about traffic and pedestrian safety, specifically highlighting the risks for parents and children crossing the street in a certain area of town.

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.
Thomas Gallagher
City Council Officials:
Ron Binaghi Jr., William Boyce, Guy Carnazza, Cort Gwon, Christine Massaro, Jin Yhu

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