HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Four appointments and passage of the 2019 Municipal Budget, joined the passage of two ordinances on first reading, and an ordinance on public hearing joined the five ordinances passed concerning the Fair Housing Act, at the May 14 Borough of Hasbrouck Heights Council meeting.

Curt Geisler was appointed Public Defender, replacing Mark Musella who resigned from his post after being appointed the new Bergen County Prosecutor.  The Council also accepted the resignation of Musella, with regret, from his role as Hasbrouck Heights Public Defender, and wished him well in his new duties.

Barry Feinberg was appointed to become the newest Hasbrouck Heights Police Department Class III Special Law Enforcement Officer, while Christopher Materia and Ryan Shute were appointed to the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department.

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There was the Public Hearing, and vote on the adoption of the 2019 Budget.  Borough Administrator Michael Kronyak reminded the Council that, due to the timing of passing of the Governor’s Budget for the State, and final figures on state funding, estimated third quarter tax bills would be send to home owners.

Also the Council authorized a contract with Atlantic Coast Fibers, LLC, for sale of paper products recovered through the Borough’s recycling program.

Ordinance 2431, which had been tabled a month ago after a request for a change to the language in the ordinance, was passed. The ordinance supplements Chapter 198 of the Borough Code to include a new article “Smoke Free and Vape-Free Zones and Areas” designating areas of publicly owned or operated properties in which smoking and/or vaping is prohibited, and provided penalties for the violation thereof.

The ordinance was previously tabled when Councilman Chris Hillmann asked the 'Vape-Free' be added to the name of the ordinance to make it clear that it was also covered.  The wording of the ordinance had originally included vaping in the restrictions, but not in the title.

Ordinance 2443, amending subsection B of Section 55-3, titled Supervision and Control of the Borough Code was passed as to conform with current practice.

On Public Hearing, Ordinance 2442, amending Article II of Chapter 55 “Police Department”  of the code of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights to provide the term of such officers should not exceed one year, as provided in N.J.S.A 40A:14-146.14.

Additionally the following Communications to the Council were confirmed.

  1. Letter from the Borough of Moonachie regarding an amendment to a zoning ordinance.

  2. Letter from the Borough of Wood-Ridge Land Use Board regarding an amendment to a previously approved site for redevelopment.

The consent agenda, was also passed.

  1. Payroll

  2. Authorizing the acceptance of bid for the Issuance of a New Hotel/Motel Plenary Retail Consumption License

  3. Payment of Dog License fees to the State

  4. Authorizing a contract with Airman HVAC LLC for preventative maintenance services.

  5. Authorizing redemption of Tax Title Lien on 59 Oak Grove Avenue.

  6. Authorizing approving of Class III SLEO

  7. Authorizing appointment of Municipal Housing Liaison

  8. Approval of 2019/2020 Licenses of Commercial Sale of Certain Motor Vehicle Dealers.

    1. Round Peg International LLC, 101 Industrial Ave, Suite 205

    2. International Motor Group LLC 92 Railroad Ave, Suite 107


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