HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - After the Youth Week Borough Council Meeting had concluded, the regular Hasbrouck Heights Borough Council met on Tuesday evening and conducted its normal business.
Two ordinances were passed on public hearing, one ordinance was introduced, five resolutions were passed and the resignation of Jay Belleza from the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department was accepted. All passed with 5-0 in favor, with Councilwoman Ciocia absent, unless noted.
Three of the resolutions approved were for the authorization of checks to fund college scholarships to graduating high school seniors. According to Michael Kronyak, the Mayor’s Scholarship Award, a $500 award, is funded annually as part of the Hasbrouck Heights budget.
The Andrew Feintuch Memorial Scholarship Award is funded by a trust left by Feintuch, and while the town authorizes the check, the trust reimburses the township, so there is no cost to Hasbrouck Heights. Feintuch was a former recreation director for Hasbrouck Heights.
Similarly, the Mary B. Quigg Scholarships, seven in the amount of $500 are funded by a trust established several years ago, and does not come from the town’s budget.
Also passed was a resolution allowing the borough to issue estimated tax bills for the third quarter of 2018 taxes. The resolution passed with Councilman Christopher Hillman abstaining. Since the Bergen County budget has not been approved by the Division of Local Government Services, it can not certify the Hasbrouck Heights budget and appropriate tax rate in a timely manner, the legislation allows the Borough to send out estimated tax bills for the third quarter.
A true-up of local property taxes will be done in the fourth quarter once the final budget has been approved. The tax rate used for the estimated bill will be 2.867 per thousand dollars of assessed value, and increase over the 2017 rate of 2.794 per thousand dollars. The estimated 2018 budget is $49,242,272, up from $47,997,140.54
An ordinance to amend and supplement the rules regarding “Special Police Officers” of the Borough Code to provide for the appointment of a newly established Class Three Special Law Enforcement Officers. The ordinance establishes Class Three Police Officers, who will have all the authorized power of regularly appointed police officers while providing security at a public or private school. These police officers shall not be dispatched off school premises, but can respond off-school premises if the officers are in the borough and are traveling to their assigned school.
Two ordinances were also introduced for approval on public hearing after being approved at the prior meeting. Ordinance 2405 amended Borough Code 236-16, “Vehicles on Sidewalks and Curbs” and Ordinance 2406 updated Borough Code to raise the age to 21 the legal age for buying tobacco products. This ordinance was simply to update the borough code, as the borough had been enforcing the state regulation.
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