Teaneck to Form Citizen Advisory Board on Votee Park Contamination
Board should include local experts, sports groups, officials say.
The Township Council is moving to create an advisory board of local residents to offer input on how to handle soil contamination discovered in Milton Votee Park.
Details of the advisory board have not been finalized, but Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin said it would likely include between seven and nine members.
Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen said the board could first examine data presented by the township’s environmental consultant. The board would include local residents with expertise in environmental health and related fields.
“It’s unbelievable how many experts in this field that we happen to have living in Teaneck,” Gussen said at Tuesday night’s council meeting.
Township Manager William Broughton said the board should also include representatives from sports leagues who use the park.
Councilwoman Barbara Toffler had asked that officials gather input from local experts, and council members have signaled they support forming the advisory group.
Teaneck’s central park was closed in December after tests turned up levels of benzo(a)pyrene, polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, above state safety guidelines. Additional tests found high levels of benzo(a)pyrene near the soil’s surface.
Officials have said the health risks are limited, but the park would stay closed for the year.