Saddle Brook Town Council Appoints New President and Addresses Community Concerns

In a recent Saddle Brook Town Council meeting, Councilman Todd J. Accomando was appointed as the council president for the year 2024, while David Gierek was named the planning board representative for a one-year term. The council addressed public safety concerns near schools and discussed traffic issues, specifically the problems faced by residents near Franklin School due to insufficient traffic control. Additionally, the meeting covered the clarification of the approval process for cannabis-related resolutions, the announcement of holiday home decorating contest winners, and a review of the township’s achievements in the past year including infrastructure enhancements and community support initiatives.

The appointment of Councilman Todd J. Accomando as council president was a key point of interest. Complementing this change in leadership, the council appointed David Gierek to serve as the planning board representative, emphasizing the importance of planning and development within the township.

Public safety, specifically regarding the area around local schools, was a prominent concern brought forth by residents at the meeting. The public’s plea for increased police presence to manage traffic and ensure the safety of children commuting to and from school was acknowledged by the council. This issue was further underscored by the difficulties articulated by residents near Franklin School who struggle with traffic control when police are not present, creating challenges when exiting driveways. The council recognized this as a concern and discussed potential solutions to alleviate the traffic problems.

In response to questions from the public, the council also provided clarity on the process for approving cannabis-related resolutions. The Mayor and Council underscored that such approvals fall within their jurisdiction, not the zoning board’s, delineating the distinct paths for obtaining a variance and a resolution. This clarification comes as the council navigates the regulatory landscape of cannabis businesses within the township.

The council reviewed the township’s accomplishments in the previous year, including the opening of a new municipal complex and Recreation Center. The introduction of a townwide notification system was noted as a key advancement in keeping residents informed. Plans to hire new police officers were also discussed, aligning with the council’s focus on public safety. Additionally, grants received for improvement projects and the work of the Community Partnership committee reflect the ongoing efforts to support and enhance the town’s living standards.

Mayor Christine Genuario took the opportunity to reflect on the successes of the past year, including events organized by the mayor’s group, and announced her intention to run for another term.

The council members extended congratulations to all newly appointed and reappointed individuals, including those transitioning to new roles within the community. Personal milestones and events, such as a council member’s daughter’s wedding and a birthday celebration, were shared.

As the meeting concluded, the motion to adjourn was passed with council members expressing gratitude and best wishes to each other.

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.

Christine Genuario
City Council Officials:
Robert D. White, David Gierek, Florence Mazzer, Andrew Cimiluca, Todd J. Accomando, Sarah Sanchez, Frank Barrale (Secretary to the Township Clerk)

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