Unofficial Recap of the 4/22 Board of Trustees Meeting

April 24, 2013 at 8:33 PM

The following is a brief unofficial recap of many items that occurred or were discussed at the April 22, 2013 BOT Meeting. Official minutes will be posted online at www.southorange.org when they are available or the video can be viewed on-demand at southorange.org/videoViewer.asp

Presentations

Villager of the Month presented to Ann Alexander

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Fred Profeta, Chair of the Community Coalition on Race (CCR), Nancy Gagnier, Executive Director of CCR and Audrey Rowe, Program Director of CCR shared an update on events and activities, including a forum on May 15 at 7:30pm to obtain feedback on the Coalition.

Mitchel Fritz, Construction Manager, provided an update on the Village Hall renovation project, projecting a start of Asbestos Abatement later this year, Construction by January 2014 and completion by August 2015.

Public Comments

George Matias- Thanked the Board for the work done on Fairview Ave
Gwendolyn ? - Requested support for Bond Issue for Essex County College
Alyssa Aronson - Expressed concern about rental units at the former Beifus site
Frank Delgaudio - shared update on upcoming events in Essex County: May 4- Hazardous Waste Collection Day, May 18 - Computer and electronic recycling day. Working on re-striping for crosswalks on Scotland Rd.
Ordinances on Second Reading

Ordinance 2013-05 - Approving PILOT for development at 3rd/Valley, passed 5-1 (I opposed). Project contains

521 spaces, with 255 spaces allocated for public use
215 residential rental units
3000 square feet of retail space
$1.1 million contribution for creation of new Rescue Squad on 2nd Street that will contain 5000-6000 sq ft.
Rescue Squad construction to begin October 2013, with completion in June 2014
Building/Parking Deck construction to begin June 2014
Parking Deck to complete July 2015
Residential/retail to complete April 2016
Note: While a very thorough presentation was given, I just felt there was still too much uncertainty about the cost of a new rescue squad building in relation to the amount of money we are receiving, uncertainty on where current commuters will park during construction and the associated costs for temporary parking and uncertainty about the impact on parking rates for commuters after the construction.

Ordinance 2013-06 - Authorizing 1,830,000 for the Capital Budget to fund road improvements (Kingsland, Rynda, S. Ridgewood), wireless communication, and Police CAD/RMS system, passed 6-0

Ordinances on First Reading

2013-07 - Ordinance prohibiting parking on one side of Western Drive, passed 6-0

2013-08 - Ordinance authorizing license to Cablevision, passed 6-0

2013-09 - Ordinance establishing salary range for Deputy Village Administrator ($80k-$95k), passed 6-0

Consent Agenda

10 items on Consent Agenda, passed 6-0

Resolution 2013-083 - authorizing the execution of the redevelopment agreement with Jonathan Rose for 3rd/Valley, passed 5-1 (I opposed, for the same reasons noted above)

Discussion

Administrator Status Reports - Administrator committed that status reports will be provided monthly
Church St/SO Ave property - Administrator met with owner of property to gauge intentions for redevelopment and availability of site for temporary parking of 60-70 spaces during construction on 3rd/Valley
Trustee Bauer requested the Board pursue the following:

RFP for removal of contaminated soil along river greenway
RFP for trail work on East and West side of River south of 3rd St
RFP for repairs to skate house and duck pond
Status of posting Village's water testing results to the website - Administrator stated there was a problem with sampling at Crest Drive earlier this year. March and April results will be posted on Tuesday.

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