Ridgewood Council Advances Veteran’s Field Lighting and Sidewalk Projects

At the recent Ridgewood Council meeting, substantial developments were made regarding the Veteran’s Field lighting upgrade and the implementation of new sidewalk projects. The meeting also addressed various concerns from Ridgewood residents, touching on topics like park pavilions, flood mitigation, and water infrastructure funding.

The council delved into discussions on the installation of a new lighting system at Veterans Field. The proposed project aims to replace the existing inadequate and environmentally-unfriendly portable lighting with a state-of-the-art LED system. This upgrade is expected to improve game play and security, be energy-efficient, and require minimal maintenance over the next 25 years. The council’s discourse included funding strategies for the $700,000 project, with plans to explore grants, contributions from sports organizations, and potential incentives. The need to consider the impact of the new lighting on adjacent residents and the environment was a key point, prompting plans to involve the community through information sessions and site visits.

Sidewalk installations were another topic, with the council debating three conceptual designs for East Glen and Clinton Avenue. Key issues included the width of the sidewalks and parkway strips, the impact on residents’ yards, relocation of utility poles, tree removal, and aesthetic concerns. The Village engineer presented the plans and highlighted the challenges, particularly regarding retaining walls and encroachments on private property. The council emphasized the importance of ADA compliance, minimal alterations to existing infrastructure, and legal consultations to address the complexities of the projects.

Residents had the opportunity to voice their opinions on various issues during the public comment section. Concerns were raised about the selection process for park pavilions, flood mitigation efforts, and the prioritization of water infrastructure projects. The council provided clarifications on decision-making processes and highlighted ongoing initiatives, including the pursuit of grants for an ADA accessible playground and the restoration of a pedestrian tunnel.

The council also recognized the receipt of a grant for the fire department’s purchase of safety equipment. Other topics covered in the meeting included the relocation of a teaching garden, the potential inclusion of EV charging stations in park structures, and the possibility of permitting the use of pavilions for events. Discussions on the flood portal’s progress, the acknowledgment of new firefighters, and plans for community events such as an Easter celebration and Pride Day in June were also part of the agenda.

The Village manager reported on a productive meeting with state legislators to secure funding for Ridgewood’s water infrastructure and announced various community events, including a Mediterranean diet workshop and a hazardous waste collection event. Furthermore, the council discussed the authorization of leases for park land and the purchase of a new recycling truck, as well as additional funding for water pipes and appliances contracts.

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.
Paul Vagianos
City Council Officials:
Pamela R. Perron, Lorraine Reynolds, Evan Weitz, Siobhan Winograd

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