HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - After a lengthy public meeting at the last Borough of Hasbrouck Heights Council meeting on June 26, it was a relatively short public session on Tuesday evening.  

That was because the continued public hearing on Prime Developers was held over to the July 24, as the Mayor and Council needed to meet in a private session to go over documents received on Monday evening, and were not prepared to vote on the measure this evening.

The public invited to address the issue during the general public forum if they wanted to, but there was only one question, pertaining to the impact on the schools asked about the project.  There was also a question confirming that there would be discussion of the issue at the next meeting, which was confirmed.

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Appointments of Alanoud Darweess to the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department Ambulance Auxiliary and Omar Almanzar to the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department Truck Company One were the initial order of business.  

Evan Jacobs of Neglia Engineering Associates (NEA) gave a brief report to the Council on the following topics;

  • 2017 Municipal Road Program - On or about July 23, Frank A. Macchione Construction will commence construction on Central Ave (from Burton Avenue to Woodside Avenue): Burton Avenue (from Route 46 to Pasadena  Avenue) and Charlton Avenue (from Burton Avenue to Terrace Avenue). Residents will be notified about parking restrictions in coordination with HHPD.
  • Bergen County Community Development Block Grant - Cleveland Avenue, Webb Place, and Lincoln Street Improvements -The bid is being advertised this week, and NEA anticipates receipt of bids by August 2.  Contract could be awarded by August 14, with construction to begin in late August or early September. The work would be for the following locations:
  1. Cleveland Avenue (from Terrace Avenue East to End)
  2. Webb Place (Entire Length)
  3. Lincoln Street (from Main Street South to SoutherlyTerminus)   
  • Boulevard Downtown District Parking Study

Jacobs provided an update, stating that the study had not yet been started, but that some conclusions based off knowledge of Hasbrouck Heights.

  • Parking supply is limited, while demand is high.
  • Borough does not want visiting commercial or commuter vehicles parking on residential streets
  • Installing “spaceless smart parking meters” may be a means to create more parking turnover and effectively increase parking supply
  • Striping of parking spaces would likely lead to a reduction in the parking capacity, as parking stall dimensions are likely larger than the amount of space cars take up while parking.

NEA did not feel that a full parking study was necessary to reach this conclusion.  Mayor DeLorenzo however, still would like the study to go through, as parking issues have been an ongoing problem for a number of years.

It was noted by Councilman Russell Lipari that the Planning board is scheduled to discuss parking at its meeting next Wednesday.


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