Thursday, May 9, 2013
Deputy mayor says Teaneck should explore using volunteer firefighters.
The Teaneck Township Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve the town's $69.1 million budget amid repeated calls from residents to make spending cuts. The budget was mostly unchanged from when it was introduced in March. The 2013 spending plan includes a $53.4 million tax levy. A homeowner assessed at the town's $452,622 average is set to pay $3,949 in taxes. The library tax, separate from the municipal figure, went up $171.09. A $2.2 million chunk of the budget first allocated to covering a flood of successful property tax appeals was removed after the state's Local Finance Board granted Teaneck permission to issue refunding bonds over three years. Some residents have continually called on the council to slash spending. "We can have come …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Some residents say the building should be torn down.
Thursday, May 2
The Township Council has approved using a grant to build handicapped bathrooms at the vacant former Police Athletic League building off Route 4. Councilman Elie Y. Katz has lobbied to renovate the building, citing requests he has received to use it as public meeting space. Katz has said residents have also volunteered to help cleanup the space. Other residents counter the building should be torn down and repairing the decades-old structure would be a waste of town resources. What do you think should happen to the former PAL building? Should it be renovated or torn down? How would you like to see the site used? Share your views in the comments.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Teaneck council's push to have schools and counties share the tax appeal burden meets opposition.
Wednesday, April 3
Bergen County's tax official expects to process around 15,000 tax appeals this year, a record-setting number, according to a report on northjersey.com. In Teaneck, the council is considering bonding $2.2 million to cover a slew of property tax appeals. The township is set to make its case for borrowing before the Local Finance Board next week. The council also passed a resolution calling the tax appeals an "inequitable burden" and seeking to have the school district and county pitch in to cover their slice of the $2.2 million in appeals. The council's move backs pending legislation that would share the payments with schools and county government. Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, however, has said the town should be responsible …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Council resolution calls tax appeal judgments "inequitable burden"
Tuesday, April 2
The Township Council is pushing to have the school district and county cover their portion of the town's $2.2 million in tax appeals, northjersey.com reported Tuesday. The council passed a resolution calling the tax appeals an "inequitable burden" and is looking for other towns to help push the state Legislature and governor to make counties and school districts pitch in for the appeals. State Senator Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, of Teaneck, said the town was solely responsible, not the school board or others. “It is up to the municipality to make sure that property values are fair across the board,” Weinberg said in the report. In Teaneck, 1,800 tax appeals were filed in 2012 and the town is facing $2.2 million in rebates. The …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Five other Bergen County towns have backed anti-gun violence measure, letter says
Sunday, February 24
The following is a letter to the editor submitted by Ed Gross, chairma of the Bergen County Coalition Against Gun Violence: I am writing to applaud the Teaneck Town Council for their decisive vote to endorse the state's new anti-gun violence resolutions. As the chair of the group behind the effort to gain endorsements, I think the Council deserves the town's praise and gratitude for their stand on this issue. Their desire to promote safety from gun violence accurately represents the overwhelming majority of Teaneck residents. Five other Bergen County towns have already endorsed the resolution we proposed and many others are considering it. Eighteen Bergen County mayors have joined NYC Mayor Bloomberg's non-partisan group, Mayors Against …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Former Teaneck Planning Board First Alternate James Kinloch was passed over for a voting position that opened on the board last year.
James Kinloch, a former Teaneck Planning Board alternate who was passed over for a voting position last year, questioned the decision during a Township Council meeting last week, raising concerns about racial diversity on the board, according to a report on NorthJersey.com. The council appointed Keith Kaplan to an unexpired seat held by Mark Schwartz. Kinloch, who is black, resigned as first alternate in December, upset over not being selected, according to the report. Council members said race was not a factor when they made the decision. "I lay claim to what is merely a right to become a regular member of the Planning Board and, given my professional experience, believe that if I were again to be denied that membership, it would be for …
Monday, February 11, 2013
"Living witness" becomes first historic tree in Teaneck
The centuries-old red oak tree at the corner of Cedar Lane and Palisade Avenue is now officially a historic site, the first tree to receive such a designation in Teaneck. Residents have long fought to preserve the massive oak, and the town council last week formally marked the tree as the Teaneck's 16th historic site. The tree is said to be 250 to 300 years old and located on the site of the former Samuel Campbell farmhouse, built sometime before 1837. The property once stretched from the Hudson River to Hackensack River. "The tree was standing before the birth of our nation and before George Washington's retreat over the Hackensack River at Historic New Bridge Landing and, as such, is a remnant of a rural landscape that contributes to …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Tree along Cedar Lane is 250 to 300 years old
The Teaneck Township Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a measure that would designate a centuries-old red oak tree along Cedar Lane as a historic site. An ordinance to add the tree to the town's list of historic sites was introduced last December after a recommendation from the Historic Preservation Commission. If approved, the move would make the massive oak the town's first tree to be granted historic status. The tree is 250 to 300 years old and located on the site of the former Samuel Campbell farmhouse, built sometime before 1837, according to the library's virtual village website. A resolution prepared for Tuesday's meeting calls the tree "a remnant of a rural landscape that contributes to the historic character" of Teaneck. …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Volunteer group could help in disasters and emergency preparedness efforts. Township officials were in the early stages of gathering information on the idea.
The Township Council on Tuesday is set to discuss the possibility of forming a volunteer emergency response team that could aid Teaneck in major disasters. The group, called a Community Emergency Response Team, is a widely-used federal program designed to offer basic training for volunteers to prepare and help respond to various incidents. "CERT members give critical support to first responders in emergencies, provide immediate assistance to victims, organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts," according to the state's Office of Emergency Management. The free CERT training is typically about 20 hours, in two to four hour blocks over weeks or months, according …
Monday, December 24, 2012
Town officials, local religious leaders organized the service
Scores of area residents came together Sunday with local leaders for a memorial service in memory of the lives lost when a gunman opened fire at a Connecticut elementary school. Six adults and 20 children were killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the deadliest shooting at a grade school in American history. Sunday's service, organized by the Township Council and Teaneck Clergy Council, included a moment of silence and reading of the names of the victims.