Monday, April 29, 2013
Park project comes in far below initial estimates
The state Department of Environmental Protection has approved a consultant's plan to address soil contamination found in Milton Votee Park more than a year ago, the chairman of a town committee advising on the project said. Soil samples showing contamination from around the park would be averaged to come up with a measurement specific to the park under a plan developed by the JM Sorge firm, according to Dr. Ken Hoffman, chair of the Environmental Advisory Board Respecting Votee Park. Any "hot spots" above the average would be removed, the firm proposed. The approach would cost significantly less than initial estimates of around $8 million floated by GZA GeoEnvironmental to remediate the park, he said. Only a section of lead in the …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
New artificial turf, drainage improvements planned at Votee Park.
The Teaneck Township Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $4.2 million bond authorization to cover the costs of upgrades at two Votee Park soccer fields, including installing new artificial turf and improved drainage for the flood-plagued area. Some residents have questioned why the figure increased from early estimates, and worried the project would divert all of the town's Municipal Open Space Trust Fund money solely to the park, over other uses. Resident Howard Rose said he wanted more details on the project's cost. "I don't want this to be excessive," he said. A $2.5 million estimate came in 2007, according to Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen. That figure did not include remediation work that could be needed to deal with contaminated …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Artificial turf project includes new drainage system, bleachers among host of improvements in town's main park.
New artificial turf playing fields at Votee Park touted as the "premier" football and soccer space in the area could be ready by mid-fall, officials said this week. The project, in the park's southern end, will allow one field to be shared for football and soccer games while the other will be used for soccer only, engineer Anthony Gianforcaro told the township council Tuesday. A new drainage system under the artificial turf will prevent flooding that has plagued the fields during even moderate rainfall. “After a severe rain and actually even during a rainstorm, you can play on this field and you won’t be trekking through large puddles and water like you would on a natural grass field,” Gianforcaro said. A walking path around the fields…
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Work to be completed within 29 weeks under $70K contract.
Work to address soil contamination found in Milton A. Votee park is expected to begin within 30 days under a $70,000 contract approved by the township council this week. Somerville-based environmental firm JM Sorge is set to complete the work within 29 weeks, according to the contract. JM Sorge will serve as the licensed site remediation professional, a Department of Environmental Protection program where private firms manage and carry out work on contaminated sites in compliance with state standards. The project will include analyzing existing soil samples and preparing reports on the site’s background, and how the firm plans to cleanup sections of the park. The 40-acre park was ordered closed Dec. 14 after testing revealed levels of …
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Proposal calls for lead contamination to be removed.
The Township Council is expected to hire a Somerset County-based environmental firm Tuesday to handle soil contamination discovered last year in Milton Votee Park. A citizen advisory board recommended hiring JM Sorge for the project. Under the firm’s proposal, a section in the southwest corner of the park contaminated with lead would be remediated, while soil samples from around the 40-acre park would be averaged to come up with a measurement below state guidelines. The bill for the work is estimated to come in at about $100,000 and take four to five months. Votee Park was closed Dec. 14 after testing found levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, and PCBs above state guidelines. State health officials later said the soil …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Advisory board announces recommendations on Votee Park soil contamination.
A proposal to handle contaminated soil discovered last year in Votee Park came in significantly below initial cost estimates and calls for work to be completed in about four to five months. The township is preparing to enter a contract with Somerset County-based environmental consultant JM Sorge, based on a recommendation presented Tuesday by the Environmental Advisory Board Respecting Votee Park. Under the proposal, an area in the southwest corner of the park contaminated with lead would be remediated and soil samples from around the park would be averaged to come up with a measurement below state guidelines, said Advisory Board Chair Dr. Kenneth Hoffman. The park was ordered closed Dec. 14 after testing found levels of polycyclic …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Police, community come together for National Night Out celebration in Votee Park.
Click through the gallery above for photos from the event. Want to share your own Teaneck National Night Out photos? Click the "upload" button. Local law enforcement and first responders joined together with the community for a night of family fun at National Night Out in Votee Park Tuesday. The celebration featured displays including a military helicopter landing, Teaneck emergency vehicles and the Bergen County Police Department's dive team. Teaneck firefighters and members of the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps were also on hand to demonstrate the Jaws of Life in a simulated car accident rescue. The town's National Night Out Celebration was organized by the police department and its community policing squad, led by Sgt. Scott …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Teaneck Police to host National Night Out at Votee Park Aug. 7.
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Friday, August 3, 2012
The following release was submitted by the Teaneck Police Department: Chief Robert A. Wilson and the Community Policing Squad of the Teaneck Police Department are proud to announce the police department’s hosting of this year’s Teaneck’s National Night Out 2012 on Tuesday, August 7th. We encourage everyone to come out and join their neighbors in partaking in this exciting crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out involves over 15,325 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all over 37.1 million people are expected to participate in this year’s 29th Annual National Night Out. National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Teaneck Community Band to host concerts in Votee Park.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The following information was provided by Teanecknj.gov: Sit back and relax - the Teaneck Community Band is ready for its 68th season of free concerts at Votee Park! The Band, which consists of over 100 volunteer musicians from the Teaneck area, will present five concerts for your listening pleasure. The programs include a wide variety of music including classical, pop, Broadway and movie music, and traditional marches. We hope that you and your family will join us! In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be moved to Thomas Jefferson Middle School at 655 Teaneck Road. The solists for this concert will be Jo Ann Lamolino on the Trumpet and Mark Donellan on the English Horn. Ms. Lamolino mantains an active freelance career as a …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Weapon was reported stolen during a burglary in Florida, police say.
Teaneck police investigating a robbery Monday night discovered a handgun left in Votee Park, authorities said. Two 20-year-old Teaneck men were playing basketball in the park when they were told that a thief had made off with their bags, Detective Lt. Andrew McGurr said. The two confronted the man near the town pool, where he signaled he was armed but did not show a weapon. He took cell phones and wallets from the bags and fled, McGurr said. Responding officers stopped a man matching a description given by the victims, but he was let go after they said it wasn’t the robber. Police soon spotted the .380 Sig Sauer on the ground nearby, McGurr said. The weapon was traced to a burglary in Florida. Follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter or …