The recent meeting of the Ramsey Borough Council was marked by an outpouring of gratitude for community volunteers, key appointments to the Ramsey Fire Department and Municipal Court, and focused discussions on safety, community events, and future plans. Mayor Deirdre A. Dillon and council members Michael Gutwetter, Peter Kilman, Jane Woods, Judy Cusick, Sara Poppe, and Glen Popolo were all present, offering updates on various ongoing projects and initiatives.
The council took a detour from regular business to honor numerous volunteers for their outstanding service to the community. Among the many recognized were Morgan Castor, awarded by the Ramsey Junior Women’s Club, and Katherine Dwell, acknowledged for her 40 years of volunteer service and contributions to tech assistance and book discussions for seniors. Other organizations like the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Rescue Squad, Ambulance Corps, Fire Department, and the Seniors Committee also presented awards to acknowledge the invaluable support of their volunteers.
Councilman Peter Kilman shared updates from the VFW Post 12148, including their annual hot dog event at Finch Park and the YMCA salute to veterans luncheon. He also reported on the progress of the new fire department, rescue squad, and OEM station house project, revealing a collaboration with Neta Architects for the design and finalization of plans.
During the meeting, the council approved a special permit request from St. Paul’s RC Church for a procession in honor of the Feast of Christ the King. They also discussed safety issues, focusing particularly on crosswalks at South Central, Prince Street, and Broad Street. Community member Chance Parker commended the council for their support of volunteerism and expressed his gratitude for being part of the Ramsey community.
Councilwoman Jane Woods updated the council on the activities of Ramsey seniors, which include computer classes, book groups, Bachi, bingo, and a holiday lunch. She also mentioned the approved application from the Design Review Board. Councilwoman Judy Cusick echoed the appreciation for the community’s volunteers and provided updates on the Planning Board, Shade Tree Commission, and Board of Public Works. She highlighted the lead service line replacement legislation and ongoing leaf removal efforts.
Mayor Dillon acknowledged the community’s achievement of Bronze award status from Sustainable New Jersey. She also discussed the transfer of a property to Ramsey Housing Inc, aimed at building self-contained housing units for individuals with special needs. The Mayor further highlighted the Ramsey Police Department’s traffic control division’s fall safety campaign and reminded everyone to vote on November 7.
The Borough Clerk, during the meeting, discussed the grant agreement with Bergen County for the resurfacing of East Oak Street courts. They also announced the establishment of a no-knock registry, which received a positive response from residents.