The recent Tenafly Borough Council meeting saw a vigorous discussion on a wide array of topics, with a marked emphasis on LGBTQ+ inclusivity, city infrastructure development, and traffic management. The council made a commendable proclamation acknowledging June 2023 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month and revealed plans for an extensive city revitalization project, although differing opinions emerged regarding the borough’s infrastructure.
Councilman Dating passionately acknowledged the LGBTQ+ community’s contributions. He presented a proclamation to commemorate Pride Day, stating, “”This nation was founded on the principle that every individual has infinite dignity,”” reinforcing the Council’s commitment to civil rights, equality, and education for the LGBTQ+ community and all diverse residents.
The council meeting subsequently transitioned into discussions on city infrastructure and development, with a comprehensive revitalization plan taking the center stage. Representatives highlighted the plan’s focus on improving safety, walkability, and traffic flow in the downtown area, stressing the importance of public feedback in refining the project.
Traffic management formed a significant part of the deliberations. Council members analyzed key intersections requiring attention due to heavy traffic, discussing technology solutions to improve traffic flow. The council indicated a train service running through the town every ten minutes was causing significant disruptions, fueling further discussions on traffic redirection towards the shopping area.
Divided opinions surfaced regarding infrastructure improvements. Council members debated whether to conduct necessary upgrades in one go or take a phased approach. The prospect of utilizing a Family Dollar grant to upgrade the signal at East Clinton added another dimension to the debate.
The meeting touched upon the performance of the borough engineer, sparking contention about the quality of work provided and heating systems. The council’s discussions also extended to various projects, including a “”simple”” fire department upgrade and an intriguing library initiative, which involved technical costs, replacements, and statutory limitations.
A councilwoman, in collaboration with Julia O’Connor, brought attention to gun violence, reading an excerpt from a resolution recognizing its impact in New Jersey and calling for enhanced safety measures and mental health support.
In addition to these discussions, the council addressed multiple resolutions, with resolution 23-217 causing some initial confusion. The council ultimately approved the resolutions following a vote.
The local municipal budget for 2023 was a key focus, with an amendment reclassifying “”Consolidated Municipal Property Tax Relief”” to “”Municipal Relief Fund””. The council also discussed appropriating funds for preserving the historic Railroad Station and creating a multi-purpose recreation area at Barclay’s Park.
Lastly, the council tackled the issue of drainage behind Smith School, contemplating the redirection of drainage from the schools into the stream.