Waldwick Council Passes Key Ordinances, Adjusts Budget

During the recent Waldwick Borough Council meeting, two ordinances were passed in relation to the acquisition of land for open space and recreation. Additionally, the council introduced and discussed budget-related ordinances, including one that allows for an increase in municipal budget appropriations and another to introduce the 2024 Municipal budget with a minimal tax increase of 1%.

The acquisition of real property for open space and recreation purposes was a primary focus, with two public hearings conducted to discuss the related ordinances. The properties in question include 3 acres on White Avenue and Lots 6.02 and 6.08 on Woff Avenue and Brady Place. After closing the public hearings, the council moved forward and passed the ordinances on second reading.

The council also outlined their strategic approach to maintaining a surplus through a five-year and ten-year plan.

The 2024 Municipal budget was introduced with a focus on maintaining a low increase of 1%, which translates to an approximate $40 annual increase for the average Waldwick household. The mayor and council acknowledged the collaborative effort in crafting the budget while expressing a commitment to fiscal responsibility, despite the challenges in achieving a 0% increase goal.

The council addressed amendments to the salaries of non-union employees and updated the salary ordinance for borough employees with unanimous consent. These amendments are important for the operational efficiency of the borough’s workforce.

Adjustments to the Waldwick municipal pool hours and fees were deliberated with the intent to better accommodate community needs. The proposed changes, including the pool’s closing time and membership fees, aimed to balance revenue generation without overburdening residents. The council sought community feedback on these adjustments.

Furthermore, the council contemplated changes to the late fee for dog licenses, extending the deadline to June 30th to mitigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Aligning with the state’s allowance, the council aimed to streamline the licensing process to the rabies vaccination schedule.

A proposal to waive late fees for pet licenses if renewed by the due month’s end was discussed to ensure fairness among pet owners. The Environmental Committee updated on efforts to engage residents through a survey, a quarterly newsletter, and a joint meeting with the beautification team.

During public comments, a resident raised concerns regarding the installation of two 40-foot tanks near their property, highlighting the adverse effects on their quality of life and the area’s aesthetics. The council acknowledged the concerns but cited regulatory obligations that limited immediate action. They committed to revisiting the issue post-construction in the fall.

The meeting also covered the resignation and appointment of new leadership within the Fire Department, updates on public works projects, and the advancement of the water treatment project. The council approved several community event requests and addressed administrative matters such as dog licensing and voter registration deadlines.

The CFO reminded seniors of the senior freeze program, offering reimbursement checks from the state for tax differences. The council also resolved a favorable tax appeal settlement, awarded a professional service contract, and approved various permits and licenses.

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.
Thomas A. Giordano
City Council Officials:
Michele S. Weber, Kathleen E. Cericola, Michael F. Ritchie, Jr., Joseph Martinello, Andrew Brennecke, Mark Ramundo

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