Hasbrouck Heights Council Notes

(L-R)First Assistant Fire Chief Robert Knobloch, Mayor Jack DeLorenzo, Firefighter John Ruff, Second Assistant Fire Chief Dave Gumbrecht, Fire Chief Angelo Roccamo, and Councilman Russell Lipari . Credits: Chip Armonaitis

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Council approved, in principle, a two-year deal with Champion Energy to be the town’s third party electric provider at Tuesday evening’s Council meeting.  The approval granted the appropriate parties, the mayor and borough clerk, the authority to enter into the contract once the Borough Attorney and Borough Administrator had reviewed the contract for form.

The contract will save the town approximately $22,000 per year over the life of the contract, and covers only the Boroughs accounts, and is only for the electricity. PSE&G will remain responsible for the delivery of the electricity as well as all maintenance required.  

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  • John Goff was approved as a new volunteer fireman by the Hasbrouck Heights Council by a unanimous vote.

  • Accepted the resignation of Adriana Szaboova from the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department Ambulance Squad.

  • Continued to the next meeting the matter concerning the Platinum Auto Group.

  • The consent agenda, which included the items listed below, was passed:

    • Approval of the borough payroll.

    • Approval of payment of fees to the State of New Jersey for dog licenses.

    • Authorization of raffles for the Hasbrouck Heights Lions Club and the Friends of the Library.

    • Authorization of 2017/18 Licenses for Commercial Sale of Certain Motor Vehicles to Wheels R Us Motors, LLC, Chuqk Motors, LLC, and Etamin, LLC.

    • Approval to refund overpaid taxes per a tax court judgment to two properties.

    • Authorization of a raffle for the Bergen County Council of the PTA.

    • Authorization of payment of funds held in escrow to pay to a lien holder from a tax sale of the property.

The Council also unanimously agreed to oppose proposed new rules N.J.A.C. 5:30-18.1 and 18.2, which would set new public disclosure and hearing requirements for ratification of labor contracts and other compensation measures.  

The council, in its resolution, cited the perception it would significantly delay the hire of new hires, delay the ratification of labor contracts as well as increasing advertising costs.  Additionally, there is no funding source to cover the costs of the additional work required and that the State’s constitution requires the State to pay for State-mandated programs and services.  

The Council also approved a Resolution to submit a grant application and execute a grant contract with the New Jersey Department of Transportation for the Boulevard Streetscape Improvements, Phase X of the project. The resolution granted the Mayor and Clerk the authority to submit an electronic grant application, and by doing so, acceptance of the terms and conditions of the grant agreement.

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