Monday, January 28, 2013
Meeting of the Mayor and Council and special Zoning Board meetings dominate the week ahead in New Milford.
There will be a public meeting of the Mayor and Council Monday evening at 7:45 pm in the council chambers of Borough Hall. Prior to the start of the meeting, the mayor and council will hold a work session at 7 pm in the upstairs conference room of Borough Hall. The public is invited to attend the open portion of the work session. The work session will include continued discussion regarding River Edge's shared services agreement proposal. The public portion of the meeting includes a presentation by the Mayor and Council to the New Milford Junior Football League Superbowl Champions. The New Milford Auxiliary Police will also be present at the meeting to take their oath of office. On the agenda is a resolution authorizing Capital Alternatives…
Monday, August 20, 2012
Public meeting of the mayor and council; special zoning board meeting dedicated entirely to Hekemian and the proposed development of the United Water property this week in New Milford.
There will be a work session followed by a public meeting of the mayor and council Monday evening. Some items on the agenda for the work session are the next steps to take with the rezoning study and appointment of a firehouse committee for the proposed expansion of Fire Company 2. The work session begins at 7pm in the upstairs conference room of Borough Hall. The public is invited to attend the work session. On the agenda for the open public meeting is the Bergen County Open Space Multi Park project, the final phase of the Babe Ruth and Kennedy Field rehabilitations, and adoption of the ordinance requiring a certificate of occupancy during a resale of a home to ensure that the property does not have illegal sump pumps or illegal …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Although the 2004 master plan parked the town's affordable housing obligation here, a fact that is the crux of Hekemian's argument before the zoning board, can it be moved elsewhere?
This is the topic that pushed Monday's mayor and council meeting well past midnight as zoning board planner, Paul Grygiel of the firm Phillips, Preiss, Grygiel, presented his rezoning study of the 13-acre United Water property to the Mayor and Council. In calling for a rezoning study at the mayor and council's May work session, Mayor Ann Subrizi specifically asked the planner to address the location of New Milford's affordable housing requirement under COAH that the 2004 master plan rests solely on the United Water property. Gyrgiel reported that COAH's affordable housing requirements are not site specific despite the fact that the 2004 master plan places the town's entire obligation on the United Water property. The affordable housing …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Council authorizes 'Field of Dreams' to be put as a referendum question on the November ballot; estimated cost of field to taxpayers between $62 and $70 per year.
Voters will have the final say on a proposed multi-use athletic field—dubbed the 'Field of Dreams' — which could cost up to $3 million to build at David E. Owens Middle School. The council adopted a resolution Monday authorizing a referendum be placed on the November ballot. With costs estimated to be between $1.8 million (for clearing of site and the installation of a synthetic turf field) to $3 million with the installation of lights, bleachers and a bathroom, the multi-purpose field would be a turf field that would include a soccer, football and baseball field, in addition to two softball fields. In order to have the referendum appear on the November ballot, the county must have the resolution by August 17. Because the council does …
Monday, July 23, 2012
Rezoning studies, referendums and master plans--a look at the week ahead in New Milford
Two big items on the agenda for the work session portion of Monday's Mayor and Council meeting is the zoning board planner's rezoning report and discussion regarding a referendum on the proposed 'Field of Dreams' at David E. Owens Middle School. At the June 12 work session, the mayor and council was presented with a preliminary draft of the rezoning study of the 13-acre United Water property by zoning board planner Paul Grygiel, of Phillips Preiss and Grygiel LLC. Mayor Ann Subrizi specifically asked that the planner address the location of New Milford's affordable housing requirement under COAH (Council On Affordable Housing) that the 2004 Master Plan rests solely on the United Water property. The Executive work session will begin at 6:…
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
What's going on this week in New Milford
Tonight at 7:30 pm there will be a combined work session and public meeting of the Planning Board. One of the main topics on the agenda is discussion regarding updating the Open Space Plan of the Master Plan to include acquisitions of flood prone properties. The meeting will take place in the council chambers of Borough Hall. Because of Monday's Memorial Day holiday, the Mayor and Council will be meeting on Wednesday. The work session begins at 6:30 pm in the upstairs conference room at Borough Hall, followed by the public meeting at 7:45 pm in the Council Chambers. On the agenda is an update on the Deputy Court Administrator position, Mid-Bergen State Inspections, Tax Assessor’s memo dated 5/21/12 regarding block 907, lot 18, MEL-JIF …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
After months of discussion and cutting, the capital bond ordinance is introduced.
The mayor and council voted to introduce the capital bond ordinance at Monday's public meeting. The capital expenses for all departments, originally totaling $1.9 million, were reviewed and trimmed to $925,450 with many expenses being reduced in scope or completely eliminated. The vote carried, with Councilman Austin Ashley casting the only dissenting vote. Ashley said that although he agreed that many of the items included in the capital budget are needed, he felt that many of the purchases could wait. "One way to improve our credit is to not take on more debt," Ashley said. Council President Howard Berner said that according to Gary Higgins, the borough auditor, because New Milford’s debt is considered low by bond rating company …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Capital expenses reduced from an initial $1.8 million proposed to $859,850.
The mayor and council moved along in the budget review process Monday night by agreeing to authorize the preparation of an ordinance for the capital budget in the amount of $859,850. The capital expenses for all departments, originally totaling $1.8 million, were reviewed and trimmed to $859,850 with many expenses being reduced in scope or completely eliminated. A common theme throughout the evening was the Democratic councilmembers looking to make further cuts to the capital budget and the Republican councilmembers trying to determine the safety implications of some of the cuts and the fact that many of the proposed cuts must be funded at some future point. Councilman Austin Ashley said that given the current economic climate, he was …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Residents divided between wanting ratables and preventing over-development at first public discussion Monday.
Residents were divided into two camps Monday night on a plan for the 13.6-acre United Water property: those who disapproved of the size and scope of the proposed mixed-use development and others, who felt it would bring much-needed ratables to the borough. The first public discussion of the application for preliminary and final site plan for the United Water property located at Madison Avenue, Main Street, River Road and John D. Cecchino Drive was held before a packed audience at the Mayor and Council meeting. The plans, submitted to the Building Department by New Milford Redevelopment Associates LLC, whose managing director is Peter Hekemian, Principal and V.P. of Development for the S. Hekemian Group, call for a four-story 221 unit …
Monday, December 12, 2011
The last meeting of the year is a combined work session and public meeting
Tonight's meeting of the mayor and council is a combined work session and public meeting. This is the only meeting of the mayor and council for the month of December. The work session is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room upstairs at borough hall, followed by the public meeting in the council chambers at 7:45 p.m. Click here to see a copy of the agenda.