Monday, March 25, 2013
The borough Planning Board decided 7-2 to support an ordinance to allow duplexes on Park Avenue which is a short walk away from the New Milford border
The River Edge Mayor and Council will soon have to muster a super majority vote to advance a controversial conditional zoning ordinance to allow duplexes on Park Avenue. Late last week, the borough's Planning Board, by a 7-2 vote, agreed that the proposed ordinance is consistent with the Master Plan. The ordinance would allow a developer to utilize a 22-lot span along the eastern side of Park Avenue to construct the duplexes. Park Avenue is located near the River Edge train station and a few blocks away from the New Milford border. "There has been a petition made to the council that a super majority vote take place to approve the ordinance when it returns to the governing body," Mayor Sandy Moscaritolo said. The three-way split on the …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Revised budget shows municipal tax increase at $63.
The assessed value of a house in New Milford has dropped from an average of $410,068 in 2012 to an average of $321,331 in 2013 -- a drop of $88,729, auditor Steve Wielkotz said during the introduction of the 2013 Municipal Budget, Monday. This drop in value reflects the results of the 2012 reassessment of property values. To address the declining housing market that was taking property values with it, along with a growing number of tax appeals, the Mayor and Council decided early last year to authorize a borough-wide reassessment. A reassessment is called for when there is a sizeable disparity between the assessed value of a property and the true market value based on recent sales. It is designed to create stability and reduce the number …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
To meet the costs of the special and unanticipated projects included in the capital expenditures, the borough passes an ordinance to exceed the 2 percent cap.
The Mayor and Council introduced the 2013 Municipal budget at Monday's work session. Prior to the introduction, an ordinance was passed authorizing the Mayor and Council to exceed the municipal budget appropriations limits and to establish a cap bank. Local governments can circumvent the 2.5 percent cap on municipal budget increases if an ordinance is adopted establishing a "cap" bank. The passage of the ordinance permits the governing body, in certain situations, to increase its budget in an amount not to exceed 3.5 percent of the preceding year’s appropriations level. The law establishes that the cap can be exceeded without having to go to the public for a vote if a town needs to meet certain capital expenditures, including debt service…
Monday, March 11, 2013
Find out what's going on this weekend in New Milford.
The Mayor and Council will be meeting for a work session Monday at 7 p.m. in the upstairs conference room at Borough Hall. The 2013 Municipal Budget will be introduced during the meeting. On the agenda is the introduction of ordinance #2013:03 to exceed the 2012 municipal budget appropriations limits and to establish a cap bank. One of the ways local governments can circumvent the 2.5 percent cap on municipal budget increases is to adopt an ordinance to establish a "cap" bank. The passage of the ordinance permits the governing body, in certain situations, to increase its budget in an amount not to exceed 3.5 percent of the preceding year’s appropriations level. The law establishes that the cap can be exceeded without having to go to the …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Catch up on all of New Milford's top news stories here.
Mayor and Council hold special meeting to discuss 2013 municipal budget and review costs of special projects. Applications for gun permits issued in New Milford during January and February 2013 more than double from same time period in 2012. The average home sold last year in New Milford went for $343,093 down 11.1 percent from 2011. Bipartisan bill to provide tax relief to towns that are acquiring flood-prone homes through the state's Blue Acres program. Teacher, community outreach resource, advisor, mentor...New Milford hires a man for all seasons. Rapt attention given to parent who tells how cyberbullying was one factor that led to his son's suicide. The caring legacy of a beloved teacher lives on. Memorial dedicated to all women forced…
Monday, March 4, 2013
See what's going on in New Milford this week.
The Mayor and Council will be holding a special meeting Monday to discuss the 2013 municipal budget. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the upstairs conference room at Borough Hall. Click here to see a copy of the agenda. The Board of Education will be holding its work session Monday at 7 p.m. in the Media Center of New Milford High School. The Environmental and Energy Commission will be meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the upstairs conference room at Borough Hall. Berkely Elementary School will be having a PTO meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Berkely. The Board of Health will be meeting on Wednesday at 4:15 downstairs in Borough Hall. The Rent Leveling Board will be meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. in the upstairs conference room at Borough …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Take a look at the week's top news stories in New Milford.
Steady decline in membership causes New Milford's synagogue to merge with a Paramus synagogue; Korean Church to purchase River Road property. Architect presents renovation plans for Fire Co. 1 and Fire Co. 2 to the Mayor and Council during Monday's public meeting. Hekemian's traffic expert returns to answer the public's questions regarding her previous testimony. Bergen districts set to receive nearly $3 million more in funding over last year, Christie Administration says. But New Milford remains flat. As Hekemian’s presentation comes to a close, a resident asks for the community to come together and continue to voice opposition.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Architect presents renovation plans for Fire Co. 1 and Fire Co. 2 to the Mayor and Council during Monday's public meeting.
Rob Conley of Robbie Conley Architect, LLC, met with the Mayor and Council on Monday to present the plans for renovations for both Fire Co. 1 located on Center Street and Fire Co. 2 located on Trenton Street. In June of 2012, Conley and representatives from both fire companies met with the Mayor and Council at Fire Co. 2 to discuss the structural state of the firehouse and to present the governing body with options for bringing the firehouse into compliance with the codes of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Discussed during that meeting was Co. 2's two immediate needs--fitting a new, bigger fire truck into the engine room within the next two years and to replace to code spaces within the firehouse that have to be …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Check out what's going on in town this week.
There will be a public meeting of the Mayor and Council on Monday. They will hold their work session in the upstairs conference room of Borough Hall beginning at 7 pm followed by the open session at 7:45 pm in the Council Chambers. Click here to see a copy of the agenda. The Planning Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26 has been cancelled. The next meeting will be held on March 19 and will be a combined work session and public meeting. On Wednesday, the New Milford School District’s Student Assistance and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Program (HIB) is offering a presentation at the high school for all parents, guardians and community members. Registration for this program is required. John Halligan will be giving a …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Catch up on last week's local news here.
Tempers flare over Grant's lawsuit; questions on who should and should not be present during closed discussion on indemnification. Plans filed for property on 391 Madison Avenue call for the construction of a three-story, 14 unit multiple dwelling with parking under the building. Zoning Board hears application for Milford Gardens--a 14-unit multiple dwelling on Madison Avenue. Zoning Board Attorney urges board to use the applications that came before the board in 2012 to look at the future of zoning in New Milford. Hekemian's revised traffic impact study calls for a delayed green light on River Road and Madison during the 3pm-4pm peak hour. The ACLU says that many local police don't know the rules for residents to file complaints against …