River Edge Borough Council Prioritizes Sustainability, Honors Councilman Keno

In a recent meeting, the River Edge Borough Council discussed environmental initiatives, debated the role of an Environmental Protection Commission liaison, and honored Councilman Dario Keno for his seven-year tenure. The council also addressed topics like stormwater management and the borough’s library project.

The meeting kicked off with Patty Amberg, co-chair of the Environmental Protection Commission, presenting the Sustainable Jersey bronze certificate, a testament to River Edge’s commitment to environmental sustainability. The recognition resulted from several initiatives, including the Hackensack River cleanup, the farmers market, youth programs, and storm drain education. Council members, including Michelle Kaufman and Barry Benson, commended Amberg and the commission for their work.

Amberg leveraged the spotlight to bring attention to the Environmental Commission’s request for a resolution supporting the continuation of the corporate business tax. The tax, she explained, financially backed various environmental and community initiatives. While the council acknowledged the importance of the tax, they voiced concerns about the potential strain on taxpayers and agreed to deliberate further on the matter.

A series of ordinances came under scrutiny during the meeting, with council members and the borough clerk providing explanations on their purpose and financial implications. These included ordinances related to stormwater management, parking restrictions, and a bond ordinance for road improvements.

An update on the library project was also discussed, particularly the installation and connection of a generator. The council opened the floor for public questions and comments, during which Amberg proposed a mini styrofoam collection event. The council approved the event, to be held in the parking lot adjacent to Memorial Park and the library.

In the spirit of fostering inter-committee collaboration, a proposal was floated to have a liaison from the Environmental Protection Commission sit on the land use board. Some council members, including Lissa Montisano-Koen, raised concerns about potential legal repercussions. However, it was decided that a formal request would be sent to the planning board.

Councilman Dario Keno, who had served the borough for seven years, received a plaque of appreciation. Members of the council, including Klodiana Malellari and Mayor Thomas R. Papaleo, expressed their gratitude for Keno’s dedication. In his acceptance speech, Keno underscored the positive impact of his work and expressed his willingness to continue supporting the community.

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Mayor:
Thomas R. Papaleo
City Council Officials:
Michelle Kaufman, Barry Benson, Dario Chinigo, Klodiana Malellari, Lissa Montisano-Koen, Indira Kinsella

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