Washington Township Council Addresses High School Football Victory, Community Initiatives, and Infrastructure Projects in Recent Meeting

The recent meeting of the Washington Township Council was dominated by discussions on community initiatives, municipal infrastructure projects, and the triumphant victory of the Westwood Regional High School football team. The council addressed topics ranging from the township’s annual Tree Lighting Event and Hanukkah celebration to the installation of a Bocce Court and a potential $8 million renovation of the Department of Public Works (DPW) building. City Council members also responded to resident concerns about road resurfacing, proposed property acquisitions, and the allocation of grant funds.

The meeting kicked off with a unanimous approval of a resolution recognizing the Westwood Regional High School football team for their undefeated season and state championship win. Council President Desserie Morgan described the game as “straight out of a movie” and praised the community’s response to the victory.

Following the team’s recognition, the council turned to the township’s annual Tree Lighting Event and Hanukkah celebration. Councilwoman Stacy Feeney highlighted the success of the Thanksgiving meal delivery program, acknowledging the generosity of residents who donated to the cause. Although Feeney raised concerns about the timing and communication of the program, the council members agreed on its overall positive impact.

Township Administrator Mark DiCarlo addressed resident concerns about road resurfacing and the installation of dead-end signs. Councilman Steven Cascio raised questions about work being performed prior to Council approval, prompting a discussion about local finance board rules. Mayor Peter Calamari provided updates on various departments and initiatives, including the police department’s accreditation inspection, fire department activities, and a proposal for a Bocce Court installation.

One of the significant points of debate was the proposal to spend $8 million on the second floor of the DPW building to house the council chambers and courtroom. Councilman Almond called for further research before committing significant funds. Concerns were also raised about the timing of payments for the DPW project, given the uncertainty surrounding the project’s timeline and approvals.

Another point of contention was the future use of the property on Pascack Road. After a discussion about its suitability for a police department and potential value with a variance for development, the council confirmed that high-density housing would be prohibited on the site. The property acquisition was part of a larger debate about the allocation of grant funds for various projects, including the swim club and Ridgewood Boulevard North. Council members sought clarity on the financial implications and restrictions associated with the use of grant funds.

In addition to these issues, the council deliberated on the proposed bocce ball court project, the fee structure for recreation programs, and concerns related to the DPW building project. Councilwoman Daisy Velez recognized the success of the Thanksgiving meal delivery program and acknowledged the support received from local businesses. The council members also engaged in discussions about work change orders, environmental programs, and community outreach efforts.

The meeting concluded with Councilman Tom Sears expressing excitement for the high school football team’s victory and recognizing the opportunity to work with the Riverkeeper of Hackensack for environmental programs. He also suggested exploring free connectivity services for municipal surveillance and traffic signaling. The council members agreed to hold the next meeting on December 18th.

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.

Peter Calamari
City Council Officials:
Desserie Morgan, Stacy Feeney, Tom Sears, Daisy Velez, Steven Cascio, Ken Poller (Twp. Attorney), Mark DiCarlo (Twp. Administrator), Kevin J. Boswell (Twp. Engineer), Sue Witkowski (Twp. Clerk)

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