Waldwick Borough Council Honors Local Heroes, and Discusses Public Safety Measures

In a recent meeting, the Waldwick Borough Council discussed a wide array of issues ranging from recognitions for exceptional service to the progress of critical town ordinances.

The Council unanimously approved the appointment of Police Sergeant Anthony La Prinzi, a lifelong resident of Waldwick with five years of service to the town. The resolution, detailing La Prinzi’s commendable service history, was read out before his official swearing-in. The council also recognized the contributions of officers Thomas Zachman and Michael Pritchett, who had been honored by the Melvin Ginta Drunk Driving organization for their effective enforcement of drunk driving laws.

Equally notable was the presentation by Eagle Scout candidate Alexander, proposing the installation of a wooden bench with attached planters outside the Town Hall. The council appreciated Alexander’s initiative, expressing interest in the project despite concerns about the non-use of live plants due to weed-preventative lining. Alexander, confidently assuring the council of his fundraising strategies and potential permit acquisition, plans to utilize artificial or solar-powered plants instead.

An update on law enforcement activities came from Ms. Sarah Cohen, representing the police protection committee. She detailed a major arrest involving theft by exception, money laundering, and conspiracy, which resulted from the cooperative efforts of various law enforcement entities.

Addressing public safety, the council discussed fire risks associated with the increasing usage of electric scooters and bicycles, urging residents to store these devices outside to reduce the potential for fire incidents. Additionally, the council moved three key ordinances forward to their second reading: one regarding the outsourcing of scheduling for off-duty police shifts, another introducing a fee for fire inspections for non-owner occupied dwellings, and the third setting regulations for salt storage as required by state stormwater regulations.

The local planning board’s activities were discussed, with particular focus on efforts to manage styrofoam recycling and the approval of numerous resolutions related to the Water System Improvements Project. New appointments for various roles were also made, with one of these being a lifeguard for the 2023 pool season.

The meeting concluded with a discussion about various ongoing programs and events, including the Waldwick Summer Concert Series, the Waldwick Lions Club carnival, and the successful program for veterans that displays banners honoring their service on town poles.

Finally, in response to a resident’s concern over the costs of water purification, the council reassured that funds had been set aside for this, with hopes that a substantial portion of it would be forgivable through a low-interest loan from the New Jersey I-Bank.

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