Ridgewood Council Addresses Water Quality and Well Developments

In a recent Ridgewood Council meeting, the focus was on Public Law 2023 c116, water quality, and developments concerning the “Lywood” well. Amid concerns of PFAS contaminants and land use for drinking water wells, the Council reported taking proactive steps to tackle the water-related issues.

The core of the discussion revolved around the consolidation plans of the Ridgewood PFAS master plan, which aims to merge 31 treatment plants into 12. Chris Collie shed light on the facilities, their strategic locations, and the criteria they’re expected to meet. Amidst applause, Ridgewood Water earned commendation for its commitment to ensuring premium water quality for its residents.

The “Lywood” well, historically in existence since 1931 and rejuvenated after being decommissioned in 2005, became another focal point. As Ridgewood Water sets its sights on connecting the new well to the age-old wellhouse and eventually to the CAR treatment facility, concerns arose from the community. A resident’s concern about a nearby dumpster, believed to be potentially hazardous, was swiftly addressed, with the council clarifying ownership and promising a prompt inspection.

In legal terms, the council assured that the water utility had obtained all necessary permits and emphasized that the parkland’s recreational use would remain largely unaffected. With only about 100 square feet of the 20.4-acre parkland being impacted, the council believed the project’s influence would be minimal.

Switching gears, a string of ordinances was presented, notably one concerning the repair and restoration of the Village Hall’s facade and another defining salaries for non-union workers in 2024. However, Ordinance 3969, attempting to regulate electric scooters and skateboards, was unanimously voted down after Mayor Paul Vagianos voiced concerns about inadvertently hindering those using assisted wheelchairs or scooters.

Jerry Arana’s opposition to a parking regulation proposal, emphasizing the safety of playing children, resulted in a unanimous decision against it. Meanwhile, there was discussion of artificial turf fields, especially after recent flooding damages to Maple Park’s turf field. Questions on the sustainability and cost-effectiveness of these fields were raised.

Siobhan Winograd’s proclamation of November as National Diabetes Awareness Month and October as National Anti-bullying Month received notable attention.

Other meeting highlights included the Project Pride Committee’s commendation of homeowners for impeccable yard maintenance, positive reports on Ridgewood’s financial health, and community event updates from council members Evan Weitz, Siobhan Winograd, and Lorraine Reynolds.

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