Ramsey Council Advances Mental Health and Public Works Projects

In the latest Ramsey Borough Council meeting, attention was given to resolutions concerning community health, public works, and financial management. The council endorsed a grant application by West Bergen Mental Healthcare to replace air conditioning units at their Ramsey location. Additionally, a bond anticipation note was renewed at a competitive interest cost. Purchases for the Department of Public Works and a renewal of the group dental insurance with no rate increase for two years were also authorized. Salary adjustments for various positions, including the recreational director and a municipal court employee, were approved.

West Bergen Mental Healthcare’s initiative to upgrade their facilities was a key agenda item. The council’s resolution 236 served as an endorsement for the organization’s grant application to the Bergen County Block Grant Program.

Financial matters were discussed in resolution 240, with the renewal of a bond anticipation note (BAN) at a net interest cost of 3. 86%. This action was noted to reflect the borough’s financial health and the advantageous rates offered by investors, with Piper Sandler submitting the lowest bid.

The borough’s infrastructure and employee welfare were also central to the council’s decisions. Resolutions 241 and 242 authorized the purchase of a vehicle and service body for the Board of Public Works’ mechanic division. This purchase, facilitated through Cooperative purchasing contracts, is a strategic move to ensure the division’s efficiency.

In a win for borough employees, the council approved resolution 243, which freezes the employee dental insurance rates for two years.

Moreover, the council addressed salary adjustments with resolution 246, which included a salary increase for non-union employees and specific adjustments for individuals based on their roles and qualifications. For instance, a municipal court employee was recognized for completing coursework towards a certification, warranting a salary adjustment.

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.

Deirdre A. Dillon
City Council Officials:
Peter Kilman, Jane Woods, Michael Gutwetter, Judy Cusick, Sara Poppe, Glen Popolo

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