Government

Fair Lawn Clarifies It's Not Responsible for Property Owners' Sewers

060a6558e2ed5b89200f_50bc805bc12e23e53ac0_mini_magick20180409-128662-1xycbs9.jpg
060a6558e2ed5b89200f_50bc805bc12e23e53ac0_mini_magick20180409-128662-1xycbs9.jpg

FAIR LAWN, NJ – The Borough Council introduced an ordinance that clarifies the borough is not responsible for curb to street sewer line rebuilds. The public hearing is scheduled for May 15.

“Very simply put, this is something that’s already in place,” Superintendent of the Department of Public Works, Alan Neggia, said. “This is a cleaning-up of verbiage.”

On April 17, Neggia reconfirmed he does not know how the practice started, but some homeowners received the benefit of a curb to street rebuild.

Sign Up for E-News

“This cost the borough about $100,000 annually,” he said.

“We’re really not making any changes in the spirit of the ordinance,” Mayor Lisa Swain said. “This is just cleaning up the wording in the ordinance. We’re making it clear who’s responsible.”

Deputy Mayor Kurt Peluso reminded residents this is “just the first reading.”

Swain suggested residents contact the borough manager to make suggestions about the ordinance.

Neggia said homeowners are not obligated to replace the curb to street main, but any backup or malfunction is the homeowner’s responsibility.

“The cost of this is born by the individual property owner,” councilwoman Gail Rottenstrich said. “That’s what we’re saying here.”

“This is unconscionable to me,” resident Lisa D’Elia said. “My property line does not go beyond the curb.”

“It seems to me $80,000 per year in a $37 million budget is not that much,” she said. “That’s much more of my income.”

“You’re shifting the line in the sand,” she said. “Now we have to repair the street, too?”

At the April 4 work session, Borough Manager Jim Van Kruiningen said homeowners have to pay for the street opening permit, $575, and the backfill, paving and pipe reconstruction, about $5,000-$6,000 each occurrence.

Neggia said the current rules were “misconstrued” and the borough was assisting residents on sewer pipe cleanouts, but the borough has not done that in “eight to ten years.”

“We do not do this and we are not obligated to do it,” Neggia said.

After hearing the resident’s complaint, Peluso hinted it may be open for discussion.

“This is something we can discuss,” he said. “We know it affects us all.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Fair Lawn/Glen Rock

Fair Lawn Police Blotter - May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018

05/11/2018

Fraud:  Fair Lawn Police received a report on 5/2/18 from a resident of Albert Avenue that his unlocked vehicle had been entered overnight and that his wallet had been taken. Det. Mark Wyka took over the investigation and arrested Lestor Babb, age 57 of Paterson, on 5/11/18 after identifying him from videos of Babb using credit cards from the stolen wallet.  Babb ...

Red Cross Calls for Summer Blood Donations to Prevent a Shortage – May 21-June 15

May 22, 2018

@RedCrossBloodPJ

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ— The American Red Cross is counting on volunteer donors to give blood and help ensure patient needs can be met this summer.

Around Memorial Day, the Red Cross sees a steep decline in blood donations. Busy summer schedules, vacations and school breaks also cause a drop in donations. Accidents and medical emergencies don’t take a summer ...

My Gym Challenged America (MGCA) Family Fun Night for A Cause was a Huge Success

GLEN ROCK, NJ - My Gym Challenged America (MGCA) Family Fun Night for A Cause was a huge success.  We were so excited about participating in this family event.  Everyone had a blast and thanks to your generous donations, we were able to raise money for this wonderful cause. 

MGCA is a nonprofit division of My Gym, committed to helping children facing severe physical and ...

Graduating High School Seniors with Disabilities Awarded Scholarships For Continuing Education

MONTVILLE, NJ - The Alliance of Private Special Education Schools in North Jersey is proud to announce the winners for their annual scholarships. Matthew Ng, a student at The Forum School in Waldwick is awarded the Joe Gorga Transition to Adult Life Scholarship and Emily Buckman, a student at River Dell Regional High School is awarded the Connections for the Future ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, June 3, 3:00 PM

Glen Rock High School Auditorium, Glen Rock

Glen Rock Pops Spring Concert

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, June 13, 4:30 PM

Van Dyk Health Care at Park, Hawthorne

Visiting the Person with Alzheimer’s Disease

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_38522974c1c834610e8e_icon_recycling

Sat, June 16, 12:00 PM

Fair Lawn

Fair Lawn Recycling Clean-Up Day

Green