Wyckoff Mayor and Council Address Safety Concerns, New Initiatives

In a session replete with discussions on a wide array of community topics, the Wyckoff Town Council led by Mayor Thomas Madigan charted the path forward for several municipal projects.

A significant portion of the meeting was devoted to safety measures in the community, with a considerable focus on the new fences cropping up along the 208. Council members expressed concerns, emphasizing the importance of installing gates near hydrants to facilitate quick access, especially in the areas proximate to James Way and William Way. Plans were set into motion to engage the Department of Transportation to secure a solution that marries safety and convenience.

The ongoing battle against the chronic brown water issue at the library is nearing its end, with the water main replacement on Woodland Avenue expected to settle the problem. Meanwhile, steps were taken towards beautifying the locale with the planning of tree assessments this winter at Russell Farm and the initiation of local plantings, a move stemming from the recent Shade Tree meeting.

Updates on the flexi pave installation at Russell Park and road improvement programs were not left behind, as Scott Fisher discussed the achievements of the 2023 program and the ongoing preparations for the 2024 initiative. Fisher also acknowledged the positive impact of new school officers interacting with children and teachers, echoing the appreciation from the Board of Education meeting.

A substantial part of the meeting gravitated towards the endeavors of the Historic Preservation Commission, under Rudy Boonstra’s guidance. The Commission is keen on expanding the preservation list that currently houses 14 revolutionary-era structures. They are also in contact with individuals in Midland Park to address the concerning potential demolition of an old stone home on Lake Avenue, demonstrating a committed approach to maintaining the historic fabric of the region.

Community development was given an impetus with the endorsement of block grant submissions from Hope Christian Services and Christian Health. The meeting also shed light on new collaborations, including the agreement with Saint Elizabeth School for 303 services and the initiation of new hiring by the police department, scheduled for an October 6 deadline.

Timothy E. Shanley shared encouraging updates from the Recreation board about registrations for travel basketball, baseball, and softball. In anticipation of the upcoming fireworks event, Shanley elucidated the coordination efforts involved in relocating the Wyckoff football and cheerleading teams’ picture session from Memorial to Eisenhower.

The police committee shared success stories of recently signed vouchers for new officers appointed in schools, a move welcomed positively by the community. Meanwhile, the vibrant cultural fabric of Wyckoff was acknowledged through discussions on the upcoming Greek Festival and a touching tribute to National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The latter saw an individual share a personal story of loss, emphasizing the pressing need for awareness and compassion in the community.

Environmental stewardship took the center stage with updates on the recent Shred Fest event, which saw enthusiastic participation, and planning of green initiatives through the environmental commission. An applaudable $75,000 fundraising initiative for local schools was highlighted, showcasing the vibrant community spirit in Wyckoff.

As the session neared its end, the council reminisced the 9/11 memorial event, applauding the community’s unyielding sense of unity demonstrated, even amidst a shift to an indoor setup due to weather setbacks. The council expressed pride as they shared news of a local couple set to represent the U.S in a global dancing competition, a moment showcasing the rich talent in Wyckoff.

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