Teaneck Town Council Discusses Website Improvements, Waste Management, Advisory Board Nominations, and Traffic Safety

In a recent Teaneck Town Council meeting, issues such as the town website’s renovation, waste management, nominations for various advisory board positions, and traffic safety concerns were addressed. The meeting also saw discussions on the establishment of a Field Permit Advisory Board and proposed ordinance amendments, which sparked debate among council members and residents.

The meeting, held both in person and via Zoom, began with the presentation of a proposal for the renovation of the Township website by ghd digital. One council member suggested implementing a ticker or tape reading for news and events so that visitors can access information easily. The council was assured comprehensive search results and filterable content, thus enhancing its usability, especially for senior residents.

A topic that dominated the meeting was a survey on trash collection conducted by the Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in collaboration with the Environmental Commission. The survey revealed dissatisfaction with the current trash collection system, with 75% of respondents stating that they would not recommend it. Concerns were raised about the environmental impact of trash collection, such as fuel use, pollution, noise, and traffic. The survey also indicated residents’ preference for trash pickup to be included in their taxes if it saved them money or guaranteed no cost increase. The survey results were acknowledged as important, and there was a call for further analysis and exploration of options.

The nominations for various advisory board positions became a focal point of the meeting. Deputy Mayor Michael Pagan nominated individuals for different boards, with their names and respective terms listed. The council also discussed the 2024 council meeting schedule.

Traffic safety was another issue. A request was made for a traffic study on Northumberland by Penbrook to potentially lead to the installation of signage. The police department agreed to conduct the study and make recommendations for necessary changes.

The proposed establishment of a Field Permit Advisory Board through ordinance 41223 was met with mixed responses. Some council members and residents expressed concern about its potential conflict with existing ordinances and potential impact on field maintenance. Despite strong opposition, a motion to table ordinance 41223 failed.

Councilwoman Hillary Goldberg sought clarification on an ordinance related to outdoor cafes and dining, aligning the township code with a state statute that allowed for expanded outdoor dining during certain months. Public hearing raised concerns about scheduling and enforceability of outdoor dining regulations, particularly regarding accessibility for people with disabilities and mothers with strollers.

The meeting also addressed the need for better promotion of civil service exams for law enforcement officers and acknowledged the need for a better understanding of the cost implications of implementing solid waste and recycling pickup, including tipping fees.

Other topics included a proposal for commemorating World AIDS Day, the recognition of the students of the Proris Academy of Westwood and Hackensack River Greenway Advisory Board for their efforts in beautifying Brett Park, and potential funding cuts for environmental programs and opposition to the expansion of the New Jersey Turnpike.

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Mike Pagan
City Council Officials:
Michael Pagan, Danielle Gee, Elie Y. Katz, Denise Belcher, Hillary Goldberg, Karen Orgen, Mark J. Schwartz

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