Wyckoff Town Council Approves Promotion of Officer to Sergeant, Addresses Community Projects and Security Updates

In a recent Wyckoff Town Council session, the promotion of Officer Michael Flyn to Sergeant marked a notable moment. The Council also discussed initiatives including local security measures, community projects, and administrative updates.

The council unanimously approved the promotion of Officer Michael Flyn to the rank of Sergeant, a decision that was met with commendation for his exceptional service in deterring impaired driving and his response to various incidents on duty. Sergeant Flyn was sworn in during the meeting, with Town Council members acknowledging his career growth and contribution to community safety. In a related commendation, Chief David V. Murphy was honored for his new presidency role in the Bergen County Chief’s Association, reflecting his longstanding commitment to the Wyckoff Police Department and the wider community.

In addition to these recognitions, Mayor Pete Melchionne provided an update on numerous ongoing projects that resonate with the township’s residents. The Mayor highlighted the installation of a new foot bridge on Russell Avenue, the replacement of a small number of lead service lines, and the council’s efforts to draft ordinances for tree removal and salt storage that align with state environmental mandates. The council is engaging in active bidding for the management of summer camp programs and is also anticipating budget alterations due to rising insurance and minimum wage costs.

Township committee member Timothy E. Shanley reported on the decision of the Ramapo Indian Hills board to retain special law enforcement officers (SLEO) for enhanced security at the high schools. This initiative reflects a broader concern with safety in educational settings, a topic that has garnered widespread attention. Shanley also touched on pending fire department inspections and collaborative talks with neighboring Franklin Lakes on ambulance billing.

Another point of discussion was the current early voting location’s size, which has been deemed insufficient by the Bergen County Board of Elections. The council is considering alternatives to accommodate the voting needs of the community. Additionally, the meeting doubled as an opportunity to recognize individual contributions, such as Roger’s recent appointment and the appointment of officials for the zoning board, which plays a role in local development and land use.

Council members also discussed the need for additional security officers at the high schools, a concern that extends beyond Wyckoff, potentially involving multiple towns in the security measures. The replacement of trees at the site of the new foot bridge and the acknowledgment of Mariana Emo’s service and attendance at the meeting were among the other topics addressed.

The council took time to review the upcoming business meeting agenda, which included resolutions on tax exemptions for disabled veterans, shared service agreements, and an ordinance to modify construction code fees. The agenda also included motions for a new firefighter and signage at Christian Health. Administrative updates covered the progress on the Ridgewood water main project and the signing of a new lease with Dish Network for sports lighting poles. Additionally, preconstruction activity was reported for improvements to Grand View Avenue.

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.

Pete Melchionne
City Council Officials:
Rudolf E. Boonstra, Thomas J. Madigan, Timothy E. Shanley, Peter Melchionne, David Becker (Township Attorney)

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